Exodus 40

Why are we doing this – ““Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month.” (Exodus 40:2) – first day of the Hebrew calendar month of Nisan.
Nisan: First month of religious year; March-April; Passover falls in this period – celebration of exodus

When was this done – “So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.” (Exodus 40:17) – 1 year after exodus; 9 months after arrival at Sinai

  1. “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” (Exodus 40:34)
    God shows approval by being ‘present’ with them
  2. “In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted.”
    (Exodus 40:36-37)
    God guides them on their faith journey
    Final recorded act in Exodus – ready to move on with God to destination

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