Follow Me: Law
Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible
Exodus 24:14-18; 25:1-9 
Moses knew he would be on the mountain for an extended period of time. He made preparations for Aaron and Hur to handle disputes in his absence, then ascended the mountain with Joshua. Aaron and Hur watched Moses and Joshua disappear into the cloud that covered the mountain. Moses said they would return but no one, including Moses, knew when.
Moses knew why he had been called into God’s presence, but when he arrived nothing happened for six days. That is a long time to do nothing but wait. Finally, on the seventh day God spoke. Once God began talking he had a lot to say.
He asked for an offering from the things he already gave the church when they departed Egypt. God gave the church favor with the Egyptians who gave them gold, silver and cloth. I suppose God could have demanded what he needed, but he didn’t. He wanted his offering to come from those who gave willingly.
The offering God desired had a purpose. He wanted the church to build a copy and shadow of the tabernacle in heaven, so he could come down from the mountain to dwell among them. He instructed Moses to “Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.”
Most Christians long for the day we will go to Heaven. God longs for the day he will come to earth and live among us. The Bible concludes on a new earth with the Holy City coming down out of heaven.
Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21:3
The idea that God is willing to leave the heavens and come live among people who are by nature ungrateful, selfish, greedy and violent is something to ponder.
 In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.
 All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.
 Exodus 12:35-36
 Exodus 25:2, NKJV
 Hebrews 8:5
 Exodus 25:9
 Revelation 21:1-2