What a Table! 

Old Testament: Exo 37.10–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 37–38 on February 5, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

One of the few pieces of furniture in the tabernacle was a table for holding the showbread. Bezalel used acacia wood for the table that was at least these dimensions: three feet long, one and a half feet wide, and two and a quarter feet high. He overlaid it all with gold. 

He also made a frame with gold, rings of gold at each corner for carrying the table, poles of acacia overlaid with gold to put through the rings for carrying the table, and: 

He made of pure gold the utensils which were on the table: its dishes, its cups, its bowls, and its pitchers for pouring.

– Exodus 37.10–16 

Picture this table, it poles, and it utensils for the rest of the day. See its size. See its brilliant and glorious color. 

Remember where the Israelites got the gold for this table. The gold came from the Egyptians! 

Remember what the Israelites had been. They had been slaves. 

Look how things changed dramatically. Things got worse before they got better, but when they improved, it was far better than when they were slaves, although they typically did not think so. 

Also picture Bezalel working on this table. See him cutting the wood, shaping and sanding it. Watch him hammer out the gold and overlay it on the table and its accompanying pieces. 

Perhaps you have seen a larger piece of gold-overlaid furniture. This one was not meant to be the largest ever. It was used in the holy service of worshiping God. 

See yourself worshiping God. 


  • How do you worship God? 
  • Is it a sacred time to you? 
  • Is your inward man or woman as carefully prepared for service to the Lord as that table was? 

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