Thursday, October 15, 2009

Architecture and the Gospel (Exodus 24-31; 35-40)

This Sunday morning we will continue through the book of Exodus. Here are the introductory notes, devotions, resources and songs that I hope will help to prepare your heart.


October 18, 2009

Architecture and the Gospel

Exodus 24-31; 35-40

We live in quite a therapeutic age. People look for comfort, emotional well-being and hope from pills, self-help gurus and even entertainment. This has caused our culture to become increasingly self-centered. The question, “What does this have to do with me?” has, in essence, become the cry of our times.

The “what does this have to do with me?” question is a terrible place to start when it comes to reading the Bible. When you read passages like Exodus 24-31 with this kind of a mindset, you’re done before you even get started. It wont take you long to conclude that bread tables and candle stands have no impact on your life so you’ll quickly shut down the Bible reading portion of your day in favor of something that really matters to you – who’s getting voted off of “Dancing with the Stars”.

This is tragic. When we allow ourselves to become the center of all things, whether we mean to or not, we will always move away from the Bible. However, when we prayerfully read God’s word with anticipation of what the text has to do with Him, we begin to see the beauty of passages that once seemed obscure. My prayer is that we will all look at this account of the building of the tabernacle with God’s glory and plan for redemption on our hearts. When we do that we’ll begin to see that what we’re reading has everything to do with us.

Questions to Consider

1. What does this passage say about the character of God?

2. What does this passage say about the impact of my sin?

3. What does this passage say about the work of Jesus Christ?

W Works Cited and Helpful Resources

From Age to Age, Mathison; According to Plan, Goldsworthy; ESV Study Bible, Crossway; Words from the Fire, Mohler


Verses, passages and even books of the Bible do not stand by themselves. They are all linked under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to magnify Jesus Christ. This week’s passages help us to see the parallel between the tabernacle and the saving work of Christ as it is presented in the New Testament.


Hebrews 9:11-22


Hebrews 9:23-28


Hebrews 10:1-10


Hebrews 10:11-18


Hebrews 4:14-16


1 Timothy 2:1-7


John 1:14-18


Holy, Holy, Holy

Reginald Heber

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,

Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,

Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;

Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,

Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;

Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

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