Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Bridge from the Garden to the Tabernacle (Beth Moore Bible Study)

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The Bridge from the Garden to the Tabernacle
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Today’s lesson in my workbook is titled On the Move.  In today’s lesson, Beth brings this week’s lessons together, completing the bridge between the garden and the tabernacle.  She begins by reminding us to look closely at Abraham’s faithfulness under great testing.  I can’t begin to imagine the heaviness of Abraham’s heart as he handed Isaac the wood for the fire and then the two of them walked to the place of sacrifice.  Yet, he was faithful.  He trusted God in the face of what had to be his darkest moments.
Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. 22 Therefore it was also credited to him as righteousness. – Romans 4:20-22
Beth briefly summarizes the bridge between Abraham and Moses as we grow closer to God’s instruction to build a tabernacle.  Abraham’s son Isaac had a son named Jacob.  God later changed Jacob’s name to Israel.  Israel had 12 sons.  The 12 tribes of Israel are named for Jacob’s sons.  Israel’s youngest son was named Joseph.  Joseph’s brothers were jealous because Israel favored Joseph so they sold Joseph to a caravan.  Joseph was taken to Egypt and falsely accused of a crime.  Joseph went to prison but found favor with the Pharaoh by interpreting dreams.  Joseph was eventually placed in a position of leadership over the land of Egypt.  Later, famine swept the land and Joseph’s brothers were forced to beg for food from the Egyptian king.  Joseph was discovered by his brothers but this time, their lives were held in Joseph’s hands.  Joseph showed compassion for his brothers and told them that God intended his circumstances for his good. 
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. – Genesis 50:20
The story goes on as the Israelites end up enslaved in the land of Egypt until God instructs Moses to deliver them, resulting in the story of the Exodus.  The Israelites wander in the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the land which God had promised them.  

The Bridge from the Garden to the Tabernacle

The lesson concludes by summarizing the series of main events bridging the garden and the tabernacle.
  1.  God fellowshipped with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
  2. God cast Adam and Eve out of the garden.
  3. God commanded Noah to build an ark.
  4. God scattered the people over the earth.
  5. God provided a substitute for the life of Isaac.
  6. God gave Abram the gospel.
  7. God revealed his presence through a burning bush.
  8. God told the Israelites to make a sanctuary so that he could dwell among them.
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