Exodus 35-40 (The Daily Walk Bible).

What an amazing display of devotion and generosity! The leaders had to tell people to stop bringing offerings, because they had enough (Exodus 36:6-7)!

Hebrews 9: 4 further explains what we begin to have revealed to us in Exodus: “having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.” These items “were a continual reminder of what was most important: God’s covenant with His people (the two tablets), His gracious material provisions (the manna), and His provision of a way to Him through the priesthood, and specifically through the high priest (the staff)” ( Halley’s Bible Handbook).

The Sabbath continues to be mentioned in our readings. It was a special sign/gift to the nation of Israel. It was a sign of God’s grace (the offer of rest), as well as a reminder to worship (“a holy day that belongs to the Lord”). You could even say that simply by obeying the command to rest they were engaging in worship!

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