Exodus 25; Exodus 26; Matthew 20:17-34

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Exodus 25

1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Tell the Israelites to choose something to give me as a special contribution. You must accept whatever contribution each person freely gives.
3 This is the kind of contribution you will accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze,
4 violet, purple, and bright red yarn, fine linen, goats' hair,
5 rams' skins dyed red, fine leather, acacia wood,
6 olive oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet-smelling incense,
7 onyx stones, and other precious stones to be set in the [chief priest's] ephod and his breastplate.
8 "Then have them make a holy place for me, and I will live among them.
9 Make the tent and all its furnishings exactly like the plans I am showing you.
10 "Make an ark of acacia wood 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.
11 Cover it with pure gold inside and out, and put a gold molding around it.
12 Cast four gold rings for it, and fasten them to its four feet, two rings on each side.
13 Make poles of acacia wood, and cover them with gold.
14 Put the poles through the rings on the sides of the ark in order to carry it.
15 The poles must stay in the rings of the ark. Never remove them.
16 Then you will put into the ark the words of my promise which I will give you.
17 "Make a throne of mercy to cover the ark out of pure gold 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.
18 Make two angels out of hammered gold for the two ends of the throne of mercy,
19 one on each end. Form the angels and the throne of mercy out of one piece of gold.
20 The angels should have their wings spread above the throne of mercy, overshadowing it. They should face each other, looking at the throne of mercy.
21 After you put into the ark the words of my promise which I will give you, place the throne of mercy on top.
22 I will be above the throne of mercy between the angels whenever I meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.
23 "Make a table of acacia wood 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high.
24 Cover it with pure gold, and put a gold molding around it.
25 Make a rim three inches wide around it, and put a gold molding around the rim.
26 Make four gold rings for it, and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are.
27 The rings are to be close to the rim. They are to hold the poles for carrying the table.
28 Make the poles out of acacia wood, cover them with gold, and use them to carry the table.
29 Make plates and dishes for the table out of pure gold, as well as pitchers and bowls to be used for pouring wine offerings.
30 Put the bread of the presence on this table so that it will be in front of me all the time.
31 "Make a lamp stand out of pure gold. The lamp stand, its base, and its shaft, as well as the flower cups, buds, and petals must be hammered out of one piece of gold.
32 Six branches are to come out of the sides, three branches on one side and three on the other.
33 Each of the six branches coming out of the lamp stand is to have three flower cups shaped like almond blossoms, with buds and petals.
34 The lamp stand itself is to have four flower cups shaped like almond blossoms, with buds and petals.
35 There should be a bud under each of the three pairs of branches coming out of the lamp stand.
36 The buds and branches should also be hammered out of the same piece of pure gold as the lamp stand.
37 "Make seven lamps, and set them on the lamp stand so that they light up [the area] in front of it.
38 The tongs and incense burners must be made of pure gold.
39 Use 75 pounds of pure gold to make the lamp stand and all the utensils.
40 Be sure to make them according to the plans you were shown on the mountain."

Exodus 26

1 [The LORD continued,] "Make the inner tent with ten sheets made from fine linen yarn. Take violet, purple, and bright red yarn, and creatively work an angel design into the fabric.
2 Each sheet will be 42 feet long and 6 feet wide--all the same size.
3 Five of the sheets must be sewn together, and the other five must also be sewn together.
4 Make 50 violet loops along the edge of the end sheet in each set,
5 placing the loops opposite each other.
6 Make 50 gold fasteners. Use them to link the [two sets of] sheets together so that the tent is a single unit.
7 "Make 11 sheets of goats' hair to form an outer tent over the inner tent.
8 Each of the 11 sheets will be 45 feet long and 6 feet wide.
9 Sew five of the sheets together into one set and the remaining six into another set. Fold the sixth sheet in half [to hang] in front of the tent.
10 Make 50 loops along the edge of the end sheet in each set.
11 Make 50 bronze fasteners, and put them through the loops to link the inner tent together as a single unit.
12 The remaining half-sheet should hang over the back of the inner tent.
13 There will be 18 inches left over on each side because of the length of the outer tent's sheets. That part should hang over each side in order to cover the inner tent.
14 Make a cover of rams' skins that have been dyed red for the outer tent. Over that put a cover made of fine leather.
15 "Make a framework out of acacia wood for the inner tent.
16 Each frame is to be 15 feet long and 27 inches wide,
17 with two identical pegs. Make all the frames for the inner tent the same way.
18 Make 20 frames for the south side of the inner tent.
19 Then make 40 silver sockets at the bottom of the 20 frames, two sockets at the bottom of each frame for the two pegs.
20 For the north side of the inner tent [make] 20 frames
21 and 40 silver sockets, two at the bottom of each frame.
22 Make six frames for the far end, the west side.
23 Make two frames for [each of] the corners at the far end of the inner tent.
24 These will be held together at the bottom and held tightly at the top by a single ring. Both corner frames will be made this way.
25 There will be eight frames with 16 silver sockets, two at the bottom of each frame.
26 "Make crossbars out of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the inner tent,
27 five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the far end of the inner tent, the west side.
28 The middle crossbar will run from one end to the other, halfway up the frames.
29 Cover the frames with gold, make gold rings to hold the crossbars, and cover the crossbars with gold.
30 "Set up the inner tent according to the plans you were shown on the mountain.
31 "Make a canopy of violet, purple, and bright red yarn. Creatively work an angel design into fine linen yarn.
32 Use gold hooks to hang it on four posts of acacia wood covered with gold, standing in four silver sockets.
33 Hang the canopy from the fasteners in the ceiling, and put the ark containing the words of my promise under it. The canopy will mark off the most holy place from the holy place.
34 Put the throne of mercy that is on the ark in the most holy place.
35 "Place the table outside the canopy on the north side of the inner tent, and put the lamp stand opposite the table on the south side.
36 "For the entrance of the outer tent, make a screen out of fine linen yarn, embroidered with violet, purple, and bright red yarn.
37 Make five posts of acacia wood for the screen and cover them with gold. Make gold hooks for this screen. Cast five bronze bases for the posts."

Matthew 20:17-34

17 When Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, he took the twelve apostles aside and said to them privately,
18 "We're going to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death
19 and hand him over to foreigners. They will make fun of him, whip him, and crucify him. But on the third day he will be brought back to life."
20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons. She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor.
21 "What do you want?" he asked her. She said to him, "Promise that one of my sons will sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom."
22 Jesus replied, "You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink the cup that I'm going to drink?" "We can," they told him.
23 Jesus said to them, "You will drink my cup. But I don't have the authority to grant you a seat at my right or left. My Father has already prepared these positions for certain people."
24 When the other ten apostles heard about this, they were irritated with the two brothers.
25 Jesus called the apostles and said, "You know that the rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people.
26 But that's not the way it's going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant.
27 Whoever wants to be most important among you will be your slave.
28 It's the same way with the Son of Man. He didn't come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."
29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Jesus.
30 Two blind men were sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
31 The crowd told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
32 Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
33 They told him, "Lord, we want you to give us our eyesight back."
34 Jesus felt sorry for them, so he touched their eyes. Their sight was restored at once, and they followed him.