As we are quickly approaching what is hands down the single biggest holiday for Irish-Americans and their closest friends (read drinking buddies) –St Patrick’s Day – what do you really know about this guy – St. Patrick?

The link below is to a clip from the History Channel that has some valuable information. Check it out!

St Patrick on the History Channel


Read Exodus 33
1. Describe (paraphrase) what happens in Exodus 33:1-7.

2. According to Exodus 33:8-9, what happened when Moses went out to the Tabernacle? Entered the Tabernacle?

3. What were the people doing during this time?

4. Review and try to summarize what you have learned about the Tabernacle so far.



1. What are the pieces of furniture found in the outer court of the Tabernacle? Of what metal were they crafted?

2. What are the pieces of furniture found in the Holy Place? Of what metal were they crafted?

3. What is the only piece of furniture found in the Most Holy Place? Of what metal was it crafted?

Read Exodus 31
4. What does God tell Moses about Bezalel, the son of Uria? Of what tribe was Bezalel?

5. Who was going to work with Bezalel?

6. What reminder about the Sabbath does God give Moses for the people?

7. What happens at the end of Chapter 31?

Chapter 32
8. While Moses was gone, what was going on in the camp? Why?

9. What was Aaron’s part in the events which occurred?

10 What does God tell Moses in Exodus 32:7-8?

11. What does God want to do to the people in verse 9 of Exodus 32?

12. How does Moses respond to God? What/who does he ask God to remember?

13. Remembering what God has done and recounting it back to Him in prayer is a very common prayer format in the Bible. Can you find an example?

14. What was Moses carrying down from the mountain in Exodus 32? Who was with him?

15. What do Moses and Joshua hear as they come down the mountain?

16. What is Moses response to seeing the calf and the people dancing?

17. What do you learn from the following verses about anger?
□ Psalm 4:4

□ Ephesians 4:26

□ John 2:14-17

18. Explain the conversation between Moses and Aaron. What is your impression of Aaron?

Note: As believers we want to be thermostats rather than thermometers. That is to say that we want to affect the “temperature” of the environment we are in rather than merely reflecting it.

19. Moses’ remedy is outlined in Exodus 32:25-30. What does he do that day? The next day?

20. In Exodus 32:31-32, we have Moses prayer for the people. What does he ask God to do? What is God’s response?

21. What do you learn from the following verses about God (the LORD)?
□ Deuteronomy 32:4

□ Psalm 1:5-6

□ Isaiah 30:18

□ John 5:30



I got my armor today
spike shoes
all so shiny
so fancy

It’s all a little heady
I twirl around
holding my shield in one hand
waving my sword about with the other

Thank You, my King
for my commission in Your army
but am I combat-ready?

I’ve been dragging my armor around
some pieces on
some pieces hanging off
nothings as shiny

I forgot my helmet
and spent days trying to remember
who I was
whose I was

When I grew tired of carrying that big shield
I spent the day pinned down behind a rock
as flaming arrows of accusation
whizzed by my ears
and singed my hair

just before darkness fell
the King rode up
plucked me from my hiding place
seated me on His steed
no one mentioned my missing shield
or burn holes in my tunic

“My child, be wise.”
He said softly as he let me down
my cheeks grew warm

the most humiliating blow came today
I slid down a slippery slope
landed on my backside
insufficient spikes in my shoes

I’m waiting now to meet with the King
I’m sure He’s upset
I’m a failure
but if I can’t be a soldier for the King,
who would I be?

my thoughts drift to the King
brave in battle, strong, majestic
sometimes terrifying
to His enemies

Then I remember
He is a tender Father
loving husband
kind Master
soft-hearted lover of children
a lamb

as I remember
a great wind blows open the shutters
sunlight bathes the great hall

“Abba! Abba!”
I run to Him
“I’m so sorry.”
tears soak my cheeks
“Can you forgive me?”

“My child,”
He calls me by my special name
the name He gave me

I sit with Him in His big chair
He gently holds my face to His
I breathe in His familiar scent
resting in His embrace
I exchange my tears of failure
for His unconditional, never-failing love

I awoke
covered by my favorite blanket
the sun far spent

He never spoke to me of my failures
rather He met me
in the early morning
patiently teaching me of the armor
about the enemy
how each piece was designed
how each piece could protect

He helped me strengthen my arms
to carry the shield of faith
He taught me how to add spikes to my shoes
to hold my ground
He helped me wield my sword
with strength and accuracy
I became a great warrior

I will never forget how ineffective
I was
I am
without armor

nor shall I forget the weapons
are for standing
the battle is His

He is my Protector
my Fortress
my High Tower
my Stronghold
my Deliverer

Blessed be the name of the King of Kings
Commander of the angel armies
Champion of the sons and daughters of God

Copyright 2018 MaryBeth Mullin

Read Exodus 28
1. Who did God choose to be His priest? Who were his sons?

2. What were the garments described in the chapter that were to be worn by the priest?

3. What does Exodus 28:29 tell you about why the names of the sons of Israel (the tribes) were to be on the breastplate of judgment?

4. What were sewn on the hem of the robe of the priest? Why?

Read Exodus 29
5. What did God require to “hallow them for ministering” to Him? (Genesis 29:1-35)

6. For how many days were they to be consecrated?

7. For how many days were they to make atonement for the altar and sanctify it?

8. What would sanctify the tabernacle according to Exodus 29:43?

9. Copy Exodus 29:45-46 here.

Read Exodus 30
10. What piece of furniture is being described? Briefly describe it below.

11. Where was it to be positioned in the Tabernacle?

12. What was Aaron required to do each morning with the altar of incense? At twilight?

13. What prohibitions did God give them regarding this altar?

14. What does God require in Exodus 30:11-16? What is the purpose of the offering? What is the money to be used for?

15. What article of furniture is described in Exodus 30:17-21? Where was it to be located? What was it to be used for? Briefly describe it here.

16. What was the receipt given for the holy anointing oil? What was it to be used for?

17. What prohibitions did God give regarding the anointing oil?

18. What was the recipe for incense?

19. What prohibitions did God give for the incense?

20. What does Revelation 5:8 tell you about the incense?


The Pirate Ship

The Pirate Ship

Because I’m still me
frailties plague me
pride lifts me
self-reliance walks me out the plank
of this pirate ship
a ship taken by mutiny
a ship of which I made myself master
a rebellious ship
on its own mission
of larceny and murder
stealing from and murdering hope in God

chaos reigns on deck
I fear the worst
I always fear the worst
all is lost
all the years of traveling and scheming
planning and dreaming
of a place
of a love
of a peace

I contemplate my end
each step out
further from safety
closer to the edge
my toes grasp the edge of this plank
through warped pieces of wood
something catches the light of the setting sun
dull, metallic
thick links hang from the side of the ship
the other end hidden
buried in blackness

but I don’t need to see its two hook-like arms to know
my Anchor has dropped
my Anchor of hope
my mooring in the storm

suddenly jolted
my footing temporarily lost
the Anchor hits bottom
this pirate ship full stop
the true Captain emerges from below

I see the question in His eyes
I make my way off the plank
I study my toes

Facing Him
I raise my arms in salute
I raise my arms in surrender
meeting His eyes
those eyes
gentle eyes
of understanding
of forgiveness
of mercy
of restoration

“O Captain, my Captain”
disregarding my feeble salute
He pulls me to Himself
“My child, be still. All is well.”

MaryBeth Mullin
Copyright 2018


The Tabernacle was important to the Old Testament believer because it was the place where God had said He would meet with man, but the Tabernacle is also very important to the New Testament believer. It provides a picture, a foretelling (prophecy) of Christ, the Messiah, and it also provides us a glimpse of heaven, where one day we will all be worshiping God.

The Tabernacle was build in approximately 1440 BC, and it was the place where God would dwell with His people for 400 years. It was used as a place of worship from the time of the Exodus until the time of King Solomon, when the Temple was built.

Read Exodus 25:31-40
1. Describe and/or draw a picture of the next item of furniture described in the text and its accessories.

Read Exodus 26:1-14
2. What was to be the length of the curtains? Width? How many were there to be?

3. What four materials were to be used to make curtains and coverings for the tent?

Read Exodus 26:15-30
4. What wood was to be used for the boards of the tabernacle? What was to be the length of each? Width?

5. The boards were to set in sockets made of what material?

Exodus 26:31-37
The veil was a divider between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. It was a barrier between God and man. Only the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place. There was no separation in the middle. The High Priest had to go around the side.

6. What instructions are given in this section of scripture for the making of the veil? The hanging of the veil?

7. What things., according to this section of scripture were to be in the Most holy Place? Holy Place? How were they to be positioned?

Read Exodus 27
Brass or bronze is the metal which represents judgment (in contrast to gold or silver). The Bronze Altar in the Outer Court of the Tabernacle was the most used piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. It was on this altar that the sacrifices specified by God in the book of Leviticus were made. The Outer Court would have been a very bloody place with the blood of the sacrifices. This blood being spilled was to remind the children of Israel of the price of their sin. A life must be sacrificed to atone for sin.

8. Describe and/or draw a picture of the Bronze (Brass) Altar described in the text and its accessories.

Note: The approximate size of the Bronze Altar in modern measurements was 7.5′ long x 7.5′ wide x 4.5′ high. Exodus 27:6-7 describes how the altar was made “mobile.” After all, every time the children of Israel broke camp, the Tabernacle would have to be broken down and moved.

9. Write out Leviticus 17:11 here. What do you learn from this verse? How do you see this applying to your life, your walk with God today?

10. Write out Hebrews 9:22 here. What application do you see for this verse?

11. Describe the court of the Tabernacle discussed in Exodus 27:9-21. What items of furniture/accessories are found there? Of what metal is everything made?

12. Write out Psalm 100:4 here. What is to occur in the court of the Tabernacle?

13. Once you entered the gate of the Tabernacle, you would be in the Outer Court. There was only one entrance to the Tabernacle. What do you learn from the following scriptures about the number of ways that exist to salvation?
□ John 10:9

□ John 14:6

NOTE: The single entrance and path to journey through the Tabernacle sends that same message. There is only one way – Jesus.

14. What were the only two items of furniture found in the Outer Court of the Tabernacle? (Hint: Exod. 27:1; 30:18)