What we learned today
Big idea: God initiates relationship.
Ten commandments: Exodus 24, God made a covenant with His people.
Where we're headed next time
Big idea: God dwells with His people.
Building of the Tabernacle: Exodus 25–40, God told the Israelites to build a tabernacle.
Did you know?
When God called Moses to go up Mount Sinai, He revealed His instructions for the tabernacle, the ark, and other structures.
Through Moses, God gave His people exact measurements, weights, sizes, colors, proportions, and more for every curtain, hook, beam, covering, and decoration to go in the tabernacle.
Just as God’s Spirit dwelled in the tabernacle and His glory filled the temple after Solomon’s dedication, “[we] are God’s temple and … God’s Spirit dwells in [us]” (1 Corinthians 3v16a).
Connect as a family
Read Exodus 40 while sitting around the dining table. Have an empty chair placed at the table, and tell your children it’s there to remind them that God dwells, or lives, with us. Ask them what they might say to God if He was sitting right there with them. Then remind them that the Holy Spirit does live within us, and we can talk to Him every day! Share with them that just as God’s Spirit dwelled in the tabernacle, His Spirit can live inside of us.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
Why did God want His people to build a tabernacle?
How is God closer to us than He was to the Israelites?
How does God dwell with us today?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God is the Lord into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know that God is with you, no matter where you go.