11.17.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 10: “The God Who Dwells”
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What is your home setup like? What are the most important things in it? What interesting things can people learn about you from what’s in your home?
Read Exodus 25:1-9.
Begin by discussing the idea that the Tabernacle, the place where God dwelled directly, was set up at the center of the Israelite camp.
First, what are some of the physical artifacts/places that you center or shape your life / schedule around? If you are stumped, consider:
- Home / Office / Work / Church
- Specific Restaurants / Places
- Specific Rooms or Objects – TV, exercise equipment, room of your house, arts & music, etc.
Why do these places play such an important role in your life?
What does that importance say about who you are & what you consider important when it comes to how you live your life?
With that in mind, reflect on what it would have meant to reorganize all of the Israelite community around God’s dwelling space in the center.
How would this have impacted the Israelites as a people?
What lessons would this physical setup teach them about who they are & why they exist as a people?
Lastly, reflect on what was in the Tabernacle:
- The Altar – place of sacrifices for reconciling broken relationships & remembering/celebrating past stories.
- The Lavar – basin for ritually washing & purifying the priests before entering into God’s Presence.
- The Bread of Presence – a symbol of God’s Presence & Israel being offered totally to God as His People.
- The Lampstand – a symbol of God being light in the world, where ever He resides.
- The Altar of Incense – a symbol of Israel’s prayers & worship being received by God as pleasing aromas.
- The Ark of the Covenant – containing the covenant (relationship between God & Israel), manna (symbol of God’s provision in the wilderness ), & Aaron’s staff (symbol of Israel’s liberation from Egypt).
Each is in the Tabernacle because it teaches us about who God is & what God wants to see done in the world.
Which stands out to you the most? Why?
Which seems the oddest to you? Why?
Close by reflecting on one final question before next week. What might it mean that God’s final action of the Exodus is to dwell with His People? Why do you think God waits until the end to do this? (We will be exploring this more deeply next week).
Getting Out of the Hole
This week, take time & space to sit with our God who dwells amongst us. Take 5 minutes each morning to meditate & just sit with God’s Presence.
- Get quiet & close your eyes
- Acknowledge God’s Presence in the space with you
- Breathe slowly – in through your nose, out through your mouth
- Each time you breathe out – say a word that reminds you of God (a name for God, characteristic, etc.)
- Try to spend 5 minutes returning to His Presence each time your mind wanders.
Take time this week to journal about anything that comes up.
Share your experience with the group next week!
Simply Jesus by NT Wright
Surprised by Hope by NT Wright
Coming Up This Week:*
Sunday, November 24: Join us for the last week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at the second half of “The God Who Dwells.”
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