Exodus 40

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By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned (Heb 11:23-29 KJV).

Before I start with the blog, I found the Scripture I referenced yesterday and thought I’d share it… I knew it was somewhere in the New Testament!

For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret (Eph 5:12 ESV).

Today, it’s the last chapter of the Book of Exodus… And then I’m also sharing the narrative of Moses’ death… He indeed had a remarkable life! Thanks for reading this weekend blog!

Now in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected. 18 Moses erected the tabernacle and laid its sockets, and set up its boards, and inserted its bars and erected its pillars. 19 He spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent on top of it, just as the Lord had commanded Moses (Ex 40:18-19 NASB).

 Today, with the New Covenant of Christ and Him Crucified, these things are but a memory because Christ satisfied the Ceremonial Law regarding the Tabernacle.  But until Christ cam, the Tabernacle and the Temple were necessary—for God sought to dwell among His People.

Then he took the testimony and put it into the ark, and attached the poles to the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark. 21 He brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up a veil for the screen, and screened off the ark of the testimony, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 22 Then he put the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil. 23 He set the arrangement of bread in order on it before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 24 Then he placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table, on the south side of the tabernacle (Ex 40:20-24 NASB).

The “testimony” was the Ten Commandments, written on two stone tablets. The “veil for the screen” was the separating of the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place.

He lighted the lamps before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 26 Then he placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the veil; 27 and he burned fragrant incense on it, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 28 Then he set up the veil for the doorway of the tabernacle. 29 He set the altar of burnt offering before the doorway of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the meal offering, just as the Lord had commanded Moses (Ex 40:25-29 NASB).

The “veil” was situated in the Holy Place immediately in front of the Ark of the Covenant. The Tabernacle, having been made according to the Divine Pattern was filled with the Divine Glory, but not until the precious blood had been shed by the Sacrifices on the Brazen Altar and with all anointed with Holy Oil.

He placed the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing. 31 From it Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet. 32 When they entered the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 33 He erected the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the veil for the gateway of the court. Thus Moses finished the work (Ex 40:30-33 NASB).

The “water” typified the Written Word of God, with the “washing” typifying its application. Unless the Word is applied it serves no purpose.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Ex 40:34-35 NASB).

The idea seems to be that Moses attempted to enter the Tabernacle, but the Glory of the LORD occupied the Tabernacle in such a powerful way that the Law-Giver was unable to do so. There is even a possibility that it knocked him off his feet.

Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; 37 but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. 38 For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel (Ex 40:36-38 NASB).

Israel did not determine or decide where they would go, or how long they would stay where they were. Not even Moses decided this.  It was all decided by the moving of the Cloud.  They didn’t move until the Cloud moved.

So, the Book of Exodus closes out with the “Glory of the LORD.” It began with the People of God serving as slaves in Egypt, and it ends with them free from Egyptian bondage and, furthermore, the Glory of the LORD residing in their midst.

And finally, for today, the death of Moses… This narrative is found in the final chapter of the final Book of the Pentateuch…

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. 4 And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there” (Deut 34:1-4 ESV).

Moses, as the servant of Jehovah, and the Mediator of the First Covenant, could not bring Israel into Resurrection Life beyond the Jordan. He saw the land, but he could not obtain it.  But, in Christ, he did obtain it, and shall, because of the Cross.

And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering.  And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory, and spoke of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem (Luke 9:28-31 KJV).

 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, 6 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. 7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. 8 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended (Deut 34:5-8 ESV).

Man is so insensible and idolatrous that Israel would have, no doubt, given Divine honors to the Leader God had given them after he was dead. But while living, they treated him with ingratitude and more than once even set about to murder him.

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel (Deut 34:9-12 ESV).

As long as the First Covenant was to last, no Prophet could arise in Israel like unto Moses. There was but One worthy of greater honor than Moses, the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Who is placed as a Son over all the House of God, in which Moses was found faithful as a servant—Jesus Christ, the Founder and Mediator of the New and Everlasting Covenant.

Wherefore, Holy Brethren, partakers of the Heavenly Calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, Who was faithful to Him Who appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this Man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He Who has built the house has more honor than the house.  For every house is built by some man; but He Who built all things is God.  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after.  But Christ as a Son over His Own house; Whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (Heb 3:1-6 KJV).