Devotional Readings, M'Cheyne Bible Reading Notes

Exodus 39 – Almost final words…

The book is almost complete, and here we see that the tabernacle is finished. I’ve been reading the very long and detail description of all the work that has gone into it’s building. Seems odd, the long and meticulous process, but our God is a God of details. Whether finding the one of ninety nine lost sheep, or not desiring anyone to perish.

2Pe 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

It does seem though that it was a whole lot easier to just make the golden calf.

Exodus 32:24  And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

For a summary of the details of the tabernacle read these last verses.

Exo 39:32  Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

Exo 39:33  And they brought the tabernacle unto Moses, the tent, and all his furniture, his taches, his boards, his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets,

Exo 39:34  And the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers’ skins, and the vail of the covering,

Exo 39:35  The ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the mercy seat,

Exo 39:36  The table, and all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread,

Exo 39:37  The pure candlestick, with the lamps thereof, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for light,

Exo 39:38  And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door,

Exo 39:39  The brasen altar, and his grate of brass, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,

Exo 39:40  The hangings of the court, his pillars, and his sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, his cords, and his pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of the congregation,

Exo 39:41  The cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to minister in the priest’s office.

Exo 39:42  According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.

Exo 39:43  And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.

BTW. As an example of how words change, note verse 3:

Exodus 39:3  And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.

Note Websters original definition of the word “cunning”, I’d say in our day it much more likely takes on it’s sinister later definitions that it’s obvious primary one.

Cunning

CUNNING, a. [G. See Can.]

1. Knowing; skillful; experienced; well-instructed. It is applied to all kinds of knowledge, but generally and appropriately, to the skill and dexterity of artificers, or the knowledge acquired by experience.

Esau was a cunning hunter. Gen 23.

I will take away the cunning artificer. Isa 3.

A cunning workman. Exo 38.

2. Wrought with skill; curious; ingenious.

With cherubs of cunning work shalt thou make them. Exo 26.

[The foregoing senses occur frequently in our version of the scriptures, but are nearly or quite obsolete.]

3. Artful; shrewd; sly; crafty; astute; designing; as a cunning fellow.

They are resolved to be cunning; let others run the hazard of being sincere.

In this sense, the purpose or final end of the person may not be illaudalbe; but cunning implies the use of artifice to accomplish the purpose, rather than open, candid, or direct means. Hence,

4. Deceitful; trickish; employing stratagems for a bad purpose.

5. Assumed with subtilty; artful.

Accounting his integrity to be but a cunning face of falsehood.

CUNNING, n.

1. Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.

Let my right hand forget her cunning. Psa 137.

2. Art; artifice; artfulness; craft; shrewdness; the faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose. Hence in a bad sense, deceitfulness or deceit; fraudulent skill or dexterity.

Discourage cunning in a child; cunning is the ape of wisdom.

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