Exodus 40 Bible Study


Exodus 40 Outline


– Moses set up the tabernacle, anointed the tabernacle and consecrated Aaron and his sons (Exodus 40:1-33)

– The glory of God filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34-38)


Exodus 40 Summary


God commanded Moses to set up the tabernacle, the tent of the congregation. The ark of the testimony was put in the Most Holy Place. The gold altar of incense was put in front of the ark of the testimony. The altar of burnt offering was positioned in front of the entrance to the tabernacle. The laver was filled with water and positioned in between the altar of burnt offering and the entrance to the tabernacle.


A veil was hung in between the Most Holy Place and Holy Place. Moses used the sacred anointing oil to anoint the tabernacle and everything in it including the furnishings, altar of burnt offerings and its utensils, and lavers.


God commanded Moses to wash Aaron and his sons with water from the lavers. Then, Moses is to use the sacred anointing oil to anoint them so that they can serve as priests to God. Moses set up the tabernacle on the first day of the first month on the second year. Poles were inserted in place in the tabernacle, and ark of the testimony.


After Moses had set up the tabernacle, God’s glory filled it in the form of a cloud covering it. Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation because of the cloud. In the morning, a cloud was over the tabernacle while a pillar of fire was over the tabernacle at night.



Exodus 40 Bible Study


1. God’s calling

Aaron and his sons served as priests at the tabernacle because they were called by God. If you want to be a pastor, minister, deacon and etc, you must be called by God. In Exodus 40:11-13, it was God who gave some to be pastors, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ can be built up and reach unity in the faith and become mature.


2. Worship brings God’s presence

The temple is where the Israelites worship God. Where there are praises and thanksgiving to God, there God’s presence will be. Every day, you should spend some times to sing and worship God. We should sing hymns, psalms and spiritual songs to worship God . When worshiping God, you can play music instruments, clap your hands or dance (Psalm 150:3-5).