Exodus – Chapter 40: Setting Up the Tabernacle

In Exodus 39 God commanded the Israelites to make priestly garments and told them how to do so.  The people were blessed, but only after they completed every command of God’s.  This is the definition of God’s love.  Do what I ask and I will love you.  Do not what I ask and you shall suffer horribly!  Sometimes do as I ask and you will still suffer!  Do exactly as I ask but be related to someone who sinned and you will suffer.  Muhahahaha!  I’m pretty sure God invented the deep voiced, evil laugh!  🙂  Let’s see what happens in Exodus 40.

“Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month.” – Exodus 40:2

Now that everything is built, it’s time to put things in their proper places.

“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy.” – Exodus 40:9

What’s with anointing oil that it makes everything holy?  If I take a deuce and then dump a bit of anointing oil in the toilet, does that make my poo holy?  🙂

“Moses placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting…” – Exodus 40:26

God gets pissed at a golden calf, but a gold altar is okay?

“They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses.” – Exodus 40:32

God is quite the germaphobe.

“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” – Exodus 40:34

In other words it was foggy out.

“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

I can understand this.  Even today it’s not always safe to travel in a thick fog.  It can be very dangerous.  In biblical times it was probably much safer to travel when it was clear and rest when it was foggy.  However, let’s not confuse fog with God.

That concludes Exodus 40.  Basically God commanded how Moses and the Israelites were to setup everything they had built for Him.  The Israelites will now live happily ever after.  The end…well, the end of Exodus.  There are still 63 books of the Bible for me to blog about.  🙂

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 1:  The Burnt Offering

2 thoughts on “Exodus – Chapter 40: Setting Up the Tabernacle

  1. Why was it safer not to travel in the fog? They had only donkeys at the time that traveled 10mph. Or do you think God was racing through the mist at 800 mph on the flying horse that he gave Muhammed a lift on on his dreamy trek to Jeruzalem.


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