Exodus 25:8-9

8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.

Exodus 25:8-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 25

In this chapter an order is given for a freewill offering towards various things for the worship and service of God, and the materials to be offered, which would be useful and acceptable, are mentioned particularly, Ex 25:1-7, as also another order to build a sanctuary for God, after a model that he would give, Ex 25:8,9, and, an ark to put in the law on tables of stone, the fashion of which, and the various things belonging to it, are described, Ex 25:10-16, and a mercy seat with cherubim on it to be set over the ark, where the Lord promises to meet Moses and commune with him, Ex 25:17-22 and a table with various appurtenances to it to place the shewbread on, Ex 25:23-30 and a candlestick of gold, whose parts are described, and all the instruments relative to it, Ex 25:31-40.

Exodus 25:8-9 In-Context

6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;
7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
10 “Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.
11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Exodus 36:1-5; Leviticus 4:6; Leviticus 10:4,7; Leviticus 21:12,23; Numbers 3:28; Hebrews 9:1-2
  • 2. Exodus 29:45; Leviticus 26:11-12; Numbers 5:3; Deuteronomy 12:11; 1 Kings 6:13; Zechariah 2:10; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 21:3
  • 3. ver 40; Exodus 26:30; Exodus 27:8; Exodus 31:11; Exodus 39:32,42,43; Numbers 8:4; 1 Chronicles 28:11,19; Acts 7:44; Hebrews 8:5