Exodus Chapter 40

The Israelites have crafted all the pieces to the tabernacle, as they were instructed by the Lord through the prophet Moses. The tabernacle was the sanctuary to the Lord, where they were to give offerings and sacrifices to the Lord. Aaron and his sons had been called to the priesthood and were to serve in the tabernacle. This chapter begins as follows:

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.
3 And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil.
4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.
5 And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle.
6 And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.
7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water therein.
8 And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court gate.
9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.
10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy.
11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.
12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.
13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats:
15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.
16 Thus did Moses: according to all that the Lord commanded him, so did he.

At the beginning of the month, as their calendar recognized it, Moses was to set up the tabernacle as instructed by the Lord. Moses was to place the ark of the covenant within the holy of holies of the tabernacle and cover it with the veil made for that purpose. In thinking of all the veils mentioned with the tabernacle, I think of the sacred nature of them. When the Lord commands a veil or a covering for something, that thing is very sacred in nature. When the sacrament is prepared, it is covered because it is sacred. I think that when I see veils related to sacred things of the Lord today, I will look at the thing they are covering as more sacred and holy then I have before.

Moses was to set up the table for the shewbread, the incense altar, the burnt offering altar, and the water basin for washings. He was to set up the outer court as well. Then he was to anoint the tabernacle and all those things within it, to sanctify it as holy to the Lord. Next, he was to perform washings and anointings for Aaron and his sons, to sanctify them for their service there. They were to be clothed in the holy garments made for this purpose. The sons of Aaron, were to be set apart with an eternal holy calling, for all the sons of Aaron through all eternity. I believe that there is now a birthright, of those who are descendants of Aaron, to hold the Aaronic priesthood, because of this holy anointing. Moses did all these things as the Lord commanded him. I am again, so glad that the scriptures teach us the commandments of the Lord. I am more grateful that they also show us that faithful followers of the Lord, do what He has commanded. We can look to Moses as an example of exact obedience and faithfulness to the Lord.

17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.
18 And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and fastened his sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up his pillars.
19 And he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it; as the Lord commanded Moses.

The tabernacle was raised and covered as Moses was commanded by the Lord.

20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark:
21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony; as the Lord commanded Moses.
22 And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the veil.
23 And he set the bread in order upon it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses.
24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.
25 And he lighted the lamps before the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.
26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation before the veil:
27 And he burnt sweet incense thereon; as the Lord commanded Moses.
28 And he set up the hanging at the door of the tabernacle.
29 And he put the altar of burnt offering by the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation, and offered upon it the burnt offering and the meat offering; as the Lord commanded Moses.

Moses put the ark of the testimony together with the mercy seat, placing the commandments of the Lord within it. Then he placed it within the tabernacle with its coverings, as he had been commanded by the Lord. He placed the table for the shewbread outside the veil in the placement the Lord had commanded him. Moses placed the candlestick and the lamps, the golden altar for incense, the door of the tabernacle, and the altar for burnt and meat offerings just as the Lord had commanded him.

30 And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal.
31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat:
32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the Lord commanded Moses.
33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

The washing basin was placed where he had been instructed, and then Moses, Aaron and his sons washed. The outer court was raised also, as commanded.

34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
38 For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

When the tabernacle was complete, a cloud covered the tabernacle and the glory of the Lord was there. What a blessing it would have been to have completed this commandment from the Lord. To add to the feelings they must have felt, they were blessed to know the Lord accepted their offering, because his glory rested there in a cloud. I can only imagine how great that would have felt to those who had worked so hard to make it happen. The cloud was the way the Israelites would receive direction from the Lord, just as they had been guided in the past. When the cloud was with the tabernacle, they did not travel. They were only to move, when the cloud was no longer covering the tabernacle. Just as before, it was a cloud by day and a fire by night. It was a constant reminder to the Israelites that the Lord was there.

Temples are amazingly beautiful houses of the Lord. In 2010, my family made the decision to move based on inspiration of the spirit. We planned to move in mid-2011 to a small town just outside of Boise, Idaho. In the April conference of 2011, the prophet announced that a temple would be built in Meridian, which was another town just outside of Boise. Even though we knew we would be moving to a different town at first, the spirit told me then that we would live near that temple. I was filled with an amazing feeling in my entire body, that is hard to describe. Since that time, we did follow that inspiration, and now we are living in a home just about 10 minutes away from the proposed location of that temple. The temple is still in the early planning phases 2 years later, but I am so excited to see it built and to be able to serve there someday. So far, it has been announced and designed, but has yet to have its groundbreaking, building, inspection, open house and dedication. In the meantime, I have been able to experience the rededication of the temple in Boise, which is still very close to home. That experience was also amazing for our family. I know that the Israelites must have felt wonderful to have the tabernacle raised near them. I am sure they felt blessed to know that the presence of the Lord would be among them, to lead and guide them. We can look to the temple today, for guidance in our own lives. I am so grateful for this blessing which I have available to me and my family.

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