Exodus 39 Commentary

Exodus 39 Commentary: The Tabernacle is commissioned.


Having completed the physical structure of the Tabernacle, attention is now drawn to the priests. The dress code. Of importance are the names of Jacob’s twelve children engraved on the vestments. The priest’s work is to represent God’s people before the LORD. He should not forget. I guess this is one function the saint today must look at and examine his performance. In a world that has become very materialistic and individualistic every saint must be reminded of this very important function.

The twelve tribes are represented by an array of jewels. These precious stones stand for special value. Israel has special value before the LORD. Gold portions of the vestments represent money value or importance. Man’s desire for the presence of the LORD should outrival his desire for gold. We would say the same about the gold used in the Holy and Most Holy places of the Tabernacle. But the jewel speaks of special value and expected attachment is heightened by the rarity of special stones.

When you find God, you have found a special stone of infinitely incredible value. The vestments of the priests are representing all of this.

The attire itself speaks volumes, but it’s not enough! The LORD demanded that the words, “Dedicated to the LORD”, be written on the vestments. This may remind the saint of whether what they are communicates the message that they are dedicated to the LORD. Is my behavior communicating the message that I’m dedicated to the LORD?

Verse 32 commissions the works. Israel has made everything as commanded by the LORD. The LORD’s house is ready! The owner should come and dwell in this house but that is for the next chapter. But just note that the LORD’s house is a tent! Everyone else is living in a tent and so the LORD decides to also live in a tent among His people. A low income man should take encouragement from the thought that the LORD is living in a tent right next to his, under the same conditions. The one born in a manger will dwell right next to your home!

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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