Beyond the Weekend

December 1 | Echoes of Eden

December 1, 2021


Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. Exodus 26:31

Read: Exodus 26:31
Exodus 26


God is pretty specific when he gives instructions about how to build the tabernacle. Based on all the intricate details, it is probably a painstaking process requiring attention to detail and skill. When we read these details, we might want to skim to the end and wonder what these instructions tell us about God. However, details are important and show us God’s seriousness to dwell among his people.

God’s desire to dwell among his people is similar to what it was in the Garden of Eden. Several different tabernacle details echo back to the garden. Cherubim are woven into the curtain (Exodus 26:31), so the Holy of Holies is guarded by a cherubim like the one guarding the gate to the Garden of Eden. The lampstand (in Exodus 25) is to look like the Tree of Life. The tabernacle faces east (Exodus 38) like the Garden of Eden too. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion explains these details are not an accident. They are all echoes of Eden.

All these details show God’s longing to relate with his people from the beginning through now, both as individual Jesus-followers and as a church community. The tabernacle is just one piece showing us how God wants to dwell with us.


Listen to the song, “How Great Thou Art.” May it remind you today about the greatness of our God who longs to be present with his people and with you.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Jude 1.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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