Exodus 33

Chapter 36-40 describe the construction of the tabernacle: Shekinah glory.

Israel abode at Sinai for a year.

During this time the tabernacle was built. See chapter 35, the people, spirit-filled men.

The tabernacle was God’s dwelling place in the midst of His redeemed people.

The twelve tribes encamped around it, the cloud above it.

It was pitched without the camp, and everyone who sought the Lord went out to it, v. 7.

v. 11 Moses went into the tabernacle and said, “The Lord spoke to him face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”

At this time God assured Moses that “His presence would go with him,” etc. See v. 14-15.

Moses asked to see God’s glory. v. 18

God’s glory could not be looked upon by mortal man, but God said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you.” v. 19

Chapter 34

The second tablets containing the law.

Moses was asked to hew out two tablets of stone like the first, and come up into the mount.

During the forty days and nights Moses was in the mountain God spoke to him, giving him further instructions and rewrote the ten commandments on the two tablets of stone.

v. 29 Moses descended from the mountain and his face shone. He was not aware of it. (describe)

v. 30 The people were afraid of him, he reflected the glory of the great, awe-inspiring God.

v. 33 Moses veiled his face when he spoke to the people.

The book of Leviticus is full of instructions relative to the worship of God.

God was a holy God and He expected His people to be holy too. The word “holy” appears over 150 times. Five times the command is issued “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

From the revelation of the holy character of God and the urging of the holy conduct of God’s people in Leviticus we pass on to the book of Numbers.

Chapter 10:10 of this book describes preparations for departure from Sinai.


First nine chapters to depart from Sinai. The remainder of the book from chapter 10:11 recounts the years of wandering which began at Kadesh-Barnea.

The first move from Sinai is described in v. 11-13.

The thing to notice here is that when the cloud was lifted (see 9:15-23) from the tabernacle, the people broke camp and followed it. It rested in the wilderness of Paran, v. 12.

The leading and guidance of the Lord, Spirit, Word.

v. 14-28 These verses give us the order in which the people marched behind the cloud.

They journeyed for 3 days, v. 33.

Chapter 11

No sooner had they began to move that the people began to complain, v. 1-3. The sins of Israel in the wilderness, 1 Corinthians 10.

There is one person whom God dislikes, the complainer.

He sent fire among them; note where the fire fell, “on the farthest parts of the camp.” That’s where you will always find the complainers.

Note the power of prayer, v.2 Jean Clark, mother.

Despising manna v. 4-9 The mixed multitude.

Almost two years have passed during which we have heard nothing of the mixed multitude.

Now they are in revolt. They despise the manna and long after the flesh-pots of Egypt. v. 4

They wanted flesh to eat.

They longed for the fish, etc, of Egypt.

v. 8 Doctoring the Manna.

Once the mixed multitude thought of the foods of Egypt they lost their taste for the manna.

The foods of Egypt were very palatable but not very nutritious.

They tried to make the manna more palatable.

They ground it in milk, beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it.

Social Gospel, neo-orthodoxy.

As it was then, so it is now.

The mixed multitude soon tire of Christ and the gospel of God’s grace.

They must have variety, music, entertainment, interpretive dancing, drama, religious pageantry.

These things really are the counterpart of the flesh-pot of Egypt.

We have to be very careful lest we adopt the ways of the world.

The mixed multitude today deny that Jesus is the Christ, etc.

Matthew 13 Tares among the wheat. Leaven in the dough. See Acts 20:29 Grievous wolves shall enter in among you not sparing the flock.

Galatians 2:4 False brethren brought in unawares.

Jude 4 Certain men crept in unawares.

v. 10-15 Show us that Moses was human.

Moses was angry with the people for this sin. See v. 13 flesh.

See v. 11-15 He pours out his heart to God. Moses is given help, v. 16-17.

Seventy elders appointed.

v. 31-35 God sends quails.

He also smote the people with a plague.

v. 35 The journey is resumed.

Exodus 25-30

Chapter 24 Moses on the mount

Chapter 25 Instructions for the tabernacle

Chapter 25-28 Complete details

Chapter 29 Consecration of priests

Chapter 30 Those who call worship

Redeemed, cleansed, anointed (chapter 30 describes those who can really worship God.)

The Tabernacle

God’s dwelling place among His people.

Explain the structure.

The vessels in the count

1. The brazen altars, sacrifice, cross.

2. The brazen laver, service, purity.

Inside the Holy Place

    The table of showbread

    The altar of incense

    The golden lampstand

In the Holy of Holies

    The ark of the covenant

    The Mercy Seat

Chapter 31:1-3

The man God chose to build the tabernacle

Note his qualifications, stress this.

Qualifications of true servants, Acts 6.

Chapter 32 The incident of the golden calf. Idolatry, read this.

Chapter 33:1-3 Because of their unfaithfulness God said, “I will send an angel before thee,” v. 2.

v. 3 I will fulfill promises, but “I will not go up in the midst of thee.”

v. 7 The tabernacle pitched “outside without the camp.”

Those who sought the Lord went outside the camp.

See Hebrews 13:10-14

Note the power of prayer v. 12-15

I will not go up with thee v. 2

My presence shall go with thee v. 14

v. 18 “Show me thy glory, I beseech thee.”

Exodus 40:9-16

Those who serve God must be separated and sanctified. See chapter 29, the consecration of the priests.

v. 33 The tabernacle is finished, see Hebrews 2:2-7.

v. 34-35 The Shekinah glory fills the tabernacle, Ephesians 2:19-22.

v. 36-38 God’s presence, God’s guiding hand. Protection.