Exodus 37 Outline
– Bezaleel made the ark (Exodus 37:1-9)
– Bezaleel made the table (Exodus 37:10-16)
– Bezaleel made the candlestick (Exodus 37:17-24)
– Bezaleel made the altar of incense (Exodus 37:25-29)
Exodus 37 Summary
Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood. The ark measures by 2.5 cubits long, 1.5 cubits wide. The ark was overlaid with pure gold. A gold molding was around the ark. Four gold rings were fasteneed to the four feet. Two rings on one side of the ark while two rights on the other side of the ark. Bezaleel also made poles of shittim wood overlaid with gold.
The atonement cover has two cherubims facing each other. The wings of the two cherubims sp[read across each other.
The table of the show bread is made from shittim wood. The table is 2 cubits long, 1 cubit wide and 1.5 cubit high. There is a rim around it. The rim is about handbreadth wide. There is a gold molding around the table. Rings were fixed to the rims to hold the poles. Poles for holding the tables were overlaid with gold and made from shittim wood. Articles for the tables including dishes, spoons, bowls, and pitchers for pouring drink offerings are made from gold.
The gold candlestick has 6 branches, 3 branches on each side. There are 3 almond like buds and 4 almond flowerlike cups. Each bud is under one pair of branches. The whole candlestick including the base and shaft are made from hammered gold. Bezaleel also made the seven lamps, wick trimmers, trays and pure gold. The candlestick and all the accessories are made from pure gold.
The altar of incense was made from shittim wood. It is square in shape, one cubit long, 1 cubit wide and 2 cubits high. The top and sides and the horns were made from pure gold. A gold moulding was around the altar. Rings were attached to the sides for poles to run through them. The poles were made from shittim wood.
Bezaleel also made the sacred anointing oil and fragrant incense.
Exodus 37 Bible Study
1. Respect God
The articles in the tabernacle are only accessible by the priests. The Israelites are not allowed to access the articles in the tabernacle. This teach us to respect God’s commandments. Loving God is walking in his commandments. In Proverbs 1:7, the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. In 2 John 1:9, anyone who goes on ahead and not abide in Christ does not have God. If you obey God’s teaching, the Father and Son will abide in you.
2. Keeping a clear conscience before God
God’s glory is enthroned in between the cherubims. The cherubims represents keeping a clear conscience with an upright heart before God. God searches the heart of all men and everything we do must be out of good will from the heart. We must nail our old self to the cross and love one another in Christ. In Hebrews 10:22, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, getting rid of evil conscience so that we can be washed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
3. Jesus is the bread of life
The table of shittim wood is where the show bread were placed. The show bread represents Jesus Christ, as the bread of life, the giver of life. Jesus is the way, truth and life (John 14:6). Anyone who drink the water Jesus gives will never be thirst again. Whenever you have problem, you should discuss it with Jesus Christ. In John 1:4, In Jesus was life and the life was the light of men. In John 11:25, Jesus said he is the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in him will live even if he dies.
4. The candlestick of pure gold
The candlestick of pure gold represents the word of God. In Psalms 119:105, the word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Every day, you should spend some time to read the bible.
5. Pray everyday
The incense altar represents the prayers that are offered up to God. Every day, you must spend some time in prayer to God. When praying, you must believe and not doubt so that your prayer can reach God. God will only answer the prayer of those who believe and pray according to his will. In 1 Thessalonians 5:7, we should pray without ceasing. In Ephesians 6:18, we should pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.