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Of the remaining sixteen chapters in Exodus, we will only consider a few of them in great detail. The majority of information contained in these chapters pertains to the preparation for and actual construction of the tabernacle and items therein. There are some lessons we will make note of along the way, but we will do a lot of summarizing for the remainder of our study of this book.

Exodus 25 begins with God instructing all of Israel to bring Him an offering willingly from the heart. The people would bring gold, silver, bronze, thread, fine linen, goats' hair, ram skins dyed red, badger skins, acacia wood, oil, spices, onyx stones, etc. Why would these former slaves have such possessions? Because the Egyptian people blessed them with numerous gifts when they left Egypt (cf. Exo. 12:35,36).

God would provide instructions for how a sacred place (i.e., the tabernacle) should be built that He might dwell among them. The tabernacle would be a place of worship and a visual reminder of Jehovah's presence. It was important that every detail be just right. God stressed the importance of following the pattern He provided - "According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it" (Exo. 25:9; cf. 25:40; 26:30; Num. 8:4). The level of detail God provided for each aspect of the tabernacle, its furniture, and worship therein, abundantly proves that details matter to God (e.g., Matt. 23:23). Christians today should be mindful of the pattern God has revealed for us to walk in (cf. II Tim. 1:13).

There are some interesting type/anti-type relationships in these chapters, but it would be more appropriate to explore them in a study of the book of Hebrews.