Discussion Questions: Exodus 35:4-36:38


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  • What was the purpose of the tabernacle for Old Covenant Isarel? What were they to do there, and what did it communicate to them, and to the world, about what God was doing in and through them? In other words, how did the tabernacle proclaim the gospel?
  • Trace the theme of tabernacle/temple from Genesis 2 through to the end of Revelation 22. Why is it important to trace this theme and to note its development?  Stated differently, what might we miss if we focus too narrowly on the details of the tabernacle and temple that Israel built?
  • The garden-temple of Eden was not made of wood, metal, cloth, or stone. It was God dwelling in with his people in the world he had made. And so too, the temple of the new heavens and earth will be like this (Revelation 21). There will be no temple structure. All will be temple. Firstly, why then did God command Israel to build a structure? And secondly, does this help you to understand why the is no temple structure under the New Covenant, rather, the church is the temple of the Holy Spirit?  
  • If the church is the temple of the Holy Spirit now, what are the implications concerning the nature, purpose, and mission of the church?


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