These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Exodus 39:32-40:38: Time for Praise and Reflection

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Exodus.

Dedications of new churches are special. Such services evoke pride and appreciation. But with every privilege and blessing from God comes new responsibilities. Our church buildings, in a sense, call us to faithful worship, witness and obedience to God's will. Although God's glory may not be visible, it is present in our hearts. Join with Moses and the Israelites in this study and celebrate God's goodness to them and to us.

Warming Up to God

What have you learned about God through these quiet times in Exodus? Reflect on the ways you've grown and thank God for molding you in the image of his Son.

Read Exodus 39:32-40:38

Discovering the Word

  • What feelings do you think the Israelites had in working "just as the Lord had commanded" and in showing their work to Moses?
  • Why was it necessary to anoint everything, to burn incense and make offerings (40:9-10, 26-29)?
  • Buildings and furnishings today are not holy, as the tabernacle and its furnishings were. What are the components of God's dwelling place today (Eph 2:19-22)?
  • How did God reveal his presence (40:34-38)?

Applying the Word

  • As you invest your life for God, what satisfaction have you gained from following his plan?
  • In what circumstances have you especially felt God's presence?
  • How does God reveal his glory and presence in our midst today?

Responding in Prayer

Thank God for the ways he has used the stories of Exodus to strengthen you and draw you closer to himself.