Storyline #18: Exodus 25-40. "Touring the OT Tabernacle"

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18-tabernacle (handout)

18-exodus-25-40-tabernacle (audio)

18-exodus-25-40 (ppt)

18 – exodus 25-40 (sermon notes and prop list)

(This has become my most visited blog…which is very interesting to me.  I guess there is just so much interest out there in the OT tabernacle and temple that this gets a lot of hits.  Let me encourage you, teach the tabernacle biblically-accurate, teach it in a way that puts your people right into it, and teach it in a way that leaves them with CHRIST!  Here’s how I did it…  I made 3 door ways out of 1″ pvc pipe and shower curtains, and put the three door ways right up in front of our stage.  I taught in front of the first door way to explain the courtyard, then I went through the doorway to enter the tent.  There I taught on the bronze altar and the sacrifices, then I went through the second doorway into the Holy Place.  There I taught on the lampstand, altar of incense, and bread of presence, and then I went through the third doorway into the Most Holy Place.  There I taught on the ark of the covanant and mercy seat.  The students loved it.  I had people come in before hand to make the tabernacle furniture…some were just boxes spray painted gold…but the students will never forget that night!  Here’s the message I preached…)

            When Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq, he purposed to build himself a palace that would symbolize his absolute power and rule.  He idolized the ancient king Nebuchadnezzar and his rule.  So he not only built a palace like his, but he also built it with the ruins of the ancient palace.  Six hundred rooms, 60 million sand-colored bricks each inscribed with a tribute to his rule, overlooking the Euphrates river, architected like a ziggurat (ancient temple), as high as four stories, as long as five football fields, hundreds of thousands of feet of marble, and gold bathroom fixtures are just some of the intimidating tactics that Saddam wanted to play a part in his palace.  The funny thing is, Saddam rarely even lived in it. 

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Storyline #17: Exodus 25-40. "BE AWARE: God’s presence in our lives through Christ"

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17-exodus-25-40 (handout)

17-exodus-25-40-gods presence (audio)

            Just the other night, I woke up to a loud noise which sounded like someone had gotten my front door open and they were trying to rip the chain lock off to get in.  As soon as I woke up, the noise stopped.  I laid very still in my bed for several minutes listening for footsteps all over my house.  I turned sideways, and it looked like someone was standing outside my window looking in to watch my every move.  I laid even more still.  I finally got up the nerve to go look through my blinds and saw it was the shadows of the trees outside.  I then army-crawled on my belly to look under my door to see any feet in my house.  I saw nothing.  I laid back in bed and fell back asleep after several more minutes.  I woke up the next morning and found all my doors locked, nothing missing, and nothing wrong.  I guess I totally dreamed-up the noise in my head!

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