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- What aspects of Christ are we experiencing in the offerings of gold, silver, and bronze for the building of the church, God’s dwelling place?
- What kind of heart does the worker for God’s building need to have? What would God fill such worker with?
- Why is the sequence of the making of tabernacle and its furniture different from the sequence of the revelation?
- What is the key to understand Exodus 34?
- Why did Moses put a veil on his face when he spoke to the children of Israel?
- What causes the skin of Moses’ face shine? How can we experience this today?
- Exodus 35:1-3 seems to have nothing to do with the making of the tabernacle with its furniture and the garments for the priests. Why does this section begin with a serious word about the Sabbath?
- What is the significance of the Sabbath according to Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 12?
- What is the principle of Sabbath and how can we apply it in our daily living?
- In Exodus 34:18-22, God commanded the people to feast with Him and rest with Him. What is the significance of this and how is this related to the keeping of the Ten Commandments?
- What are the significances of the three feasts (feast of unleavened bread, feast of Pentecost, feast of ingathering)? How can we apply these to our daily living?
- What is the significance of God’s promise in Exodus 34:23-34?
- What are the five conditions that must be fulfilled in order for us to feast with the Lord based on Exodus 34?
- Describe why the sequence of the five conditions in question 1 is particularly meaningful in our spiritual experience.
- Moses’ tent outside the camp is a type. Please explain why Hebrews 13:12-13 have the fulfillment of this type.
- What is the significance of Moses’ bargaining with God for His presence and glory?
- Moses sought God’s glory but the idolatrous people sought self-beautification. What should we learn from Exodus 32:30—33:23?
- What was the role of Moses and what did he do so as to recover the broken covenant?
- Moses met with the Lord alone in the morning and received infusion through God’s speaking to him. How do we apply this to our meeting with the Lord in the morning?
- How did Moses appease God for the idolatrous people? Why is this important to fulfill God’s purpose?
- How did Moses deal with the idol and idolaters?
- Moses was a companion of God according to Exodus 33:11. What is the significance of this companionship?
- Why did the children of Israel need a mediator? Why was Moses qualified to be the middleman between God and the children of Israel?
- Moses not only knew God’s word, but he also knew God’s heart. Why is it so important to know God’s heart in addition to His word?
- Due to the worship of the golden calf, the majority of the children of Israel lost the priesthood. What should we do to kill the “impure worship” today?
- Why were the children of Israel not able to keep the law?
- What are the five principles of idolatry? How are they related to the golden calf in Exodus 32?
- Why were the tablets of the law given to Moses after God showed him the tabernacle with its furniture and the priesthood?
- Why was the worship of the golden calf in Exodus 32 a mixture? Why was this a picture of the impure worship among Christians today?
- Give examples of the principle of the golden-calf idol in which gifts from God are not properly used for God’s purpose.
- What are the skillful works in Exodus 31:4-5 and how do they relate to the building to of God’s house today?
- What are the characteristics of the builders of the tabernacle?
- What is the significance of the building work includes those of both high estate and low estate?
- According to the book of Genesis, to God the Sabbath is the seventh day, but to man it is the first day. What is the significance of the Sabbath to God and to man on the sequence between work and rest?
- What is your experience of keeping the Sabbath in church life? What would be the consequence for a service to the church that is without the enjoyment of the Lord and that is without the oneness with Him?
- Why do the three spices (stacte, onycha, galbanum) used to make the incense signify the death of Christ?
- What are the three functions of Christ’s death?
- How can our experiences of Christ become a sweet fragrance to God?
- In Exodus 31:2, Bezalel is a type in the Old Testament of the master builder in 1 Corinthian 3:10. What are the attributes of this master builder based on Exodus 31:2?
- According to Exodus 31:3, the filling up with the Spirit of God involves which four matters? What is the difference between them and how are they related to building up of the church?
- What is the two-way traffic between God and us typified by the ointment and the incense?
- What does your prayer smell like? What is genuine prayer?
- What is the way to the incense altar portrayed by the tabernacle and its furnishings?
- From the ingredients and the process to produce the incense, where do you see Triune God, humanity, divinity mingled and compounded with humanity, and Christ’s death and resurrection?
- The four elements of the incense are tempered with salt. What does salt signify? How do you apply salt to your prayer?
- Who is this anointing Person in 1 John 27? What is the teaching of the anointing?
- Please explain why Christ is both the Creator and the creature.
- Describe how first John 2:22,23,25 reveal that Jesus, Christ, the Son, the Father, and eternal life are one all-inclusive Person as the one compound ointment in Exodus 30.
- What metaphor did John use to inoculate the believers against any heresy concerning the all-inclusive Person of Christ in first John chapter two?
- Please explain how the one hin of olive oil in Exodus 30 signifies the only God.
- Please explain why the three units of the measure of the four spices in Exodus 30 typifies the Triune God. How is the Trinity revealed in John 14 and Matthew 28?
- Why is the Lord Jesus still a man even after His ascension (1 Timothy 2:5)?
- Where is the effectiveness of the death of Christ? How can we have proper experience of being crucified with Christ?
- Describe the ten ingredients which give us a full portrait of the compound Spirit.
- Why was the Spirit not yet compounded with more elements before Christ’s resurrection?
- What are the elements of the compound Spirit?
- What is the function of the compound Spirit?
- What is the element in the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Jehovah, and the Holy Spirit respectively?
- Which title of the Spirit is the first in God’s New Testament Economy?
- Why the Spirit is the all-inclusive Spirit?
- Where is the death of Christ today, and how can we apply it?
- What is the significance of the Spirit of Christ mentioned in Romans 8?
- How is the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5 different from the good behavior?
- What does it signify that the revelation of compound ointment was given toward end of chapter thirty, after God’s dwelling place and the priest had been revealed?
- List out the thirteen titles of the Spirit in the bible.
- What was the function and purpose of the holy anointing oil?
- What is the significance of the holy anointing oil in Exodus 30? Why is it deeper than the Passover lamb, manna and living water?
- What are the materials of the holy anointing oil? What are the significances of these materials?
- 1 John 2:20 and 27 say that we have received an anointing and this anointing teaches us all things. What is your experience of this teaching of the anointing?
- Why does the Exodus 30:32 say that the holy anointing oil was “not to be poured upon the flesh of man” and “neither shall you make any like it in its proportions”?
- What is the significance of the half-shekel? What does it typify? Why is it a memorial?
- Exodus 30:15 says, “The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel…”. How can we apply this principal in our meeting?
- Why the laver of bronze is for the tabernacle’s operation?
- According to Titus 3:5, what is the washing power of the laver? What kind of defilement is washed away in the laver?
- Explain why the children of Israel needed the propitiation silver in chapter 30 and why redemption here is related to silver and not to the blood of an animal.
- What is the relationship between the incense altar and the propitiation silver?
- Why is the propitiation silver called a heave offering?
- Why is the propitiation silver paid only for males twenty years of age and older and not for all the children of Israel?
- The two altars are connected by the fire that burned the offerings. What is the significance of the fire and ashes?
- What are the prerequisites for praying intercessory prayers at the incense altar?
- Why is the golden incense altar the destination of the divine tour in tabernacle? What do we need to do at this destination? How long should we stay at this destination?
- What do the strange incense and strange fire signify at the incense altar?
- Where should we pray?
- What should we do before we pray?
- What should we pray?
- Our prayer should be related to Christ and the Church. How is it revealed in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, …”?
- What is the significance that the altar of incense and the altar of burnt offering were connected by the anointing, by the blood of the sin offering, and by the fire that burned the offering?
- Why is the incense altar the executing center of God’s administration?
- Why is the incense altar the place where the activities at all the other places in the tabernacle are motivated?
- Why is the incense alter a turning point rather than one item on the passage way through tabernacle? How does this apply to our prayer life?
- What do the rings and poles of the incense altar signify?
- What is the proper attitude toward the Old Testament typology?
- Why do the bull, the lambs, the flour, the oil and the wine in Exodus 29 typify the different aspects of the all-inclusive Christ?
- How is a spontaneous and intimate prayer to the Lord different from a common or traditional prayer? Take applying Christ as our sin offering in our prayer as an example.
- How do we experience Christ daily in a practical way, e.g. Christ as our sin offering, burnt offering, meal offering, grinding to produce fine flour, and pressing to produce oil and wine, etc.?
- According to New Testament verses, sin has been taken away (John 1:29). Why is our sin not eradicated within us (in the old creation)?
- The picture in Exodus 29 indicates that throughout the course of our Christian life, we should daily offer Christ as the sin offering. Then we need to have the lambs, the flour, the olive oil, and the wine. Why is it important to offer Christ as the sin offering daily? Do you see it is the way to raise Christ as a lamb?
- Do you have experience of being obedient to God by living Christ as the lamb? How can we raise Christ as a lamb according to Revelation 14:4? What doe it mean to raise Christ as a flock of lambs experientially?
- In typology, a lamb signifies Christ as the One obedient to God and meek before men. Is this contradictory to John 2:15 when Jesus took a whip of cords and drove out the moneychangers from the temple?
- Why do we need to have a reserve of Christ as the animal life and as grain and flour?
- Describe the significance of historic Christ and pneumatic Christ.
- The olive oil typifies the Holy Spirit of God and Christ as the Spirit. Are they separate?
- What is the spiritual significance to grow Christ as the olive tree and produce oil? Give examples in your experience a living without oil and a living full of oil.
- What is the spiritual significance of producing wine? Can we pour our life out for God more than we have enjoyed Christ?
- In Exodus 29, the priests served God with food for His satisfaction. What kind of food was served by the priests?
- The New Testament tells us that Christ died on the cross both for our sin and for our sins. What is the difference between sin and sins?
- Why do we need the sin offering? What was the purpose of burning the fat and the inward parts? What was the purpose of pouring the blood around the altar?
- What is the spiritual significance that the altar is purified by the blood and sanctified by the anointing oil in Exo 29:36?
- How to grow Christ and how to raise Him through sin offering?
- What spiritual groceries do we need to bring to meetings?
- What is the spiritual significance of the following: to raise Christ as a bull and as a lamb, to grow Christ as wheat, as olives, and as grapevine?
- What are the steps in sanctifying Aaron and his sons to be priests? What is the goal of Exodus 28 and 29? (Hint: Exodus 29:42b-46)?
- God’s coming, speaking, and dwelling are related to our eating together with Him. What is the proper way to invite God for dinner?
- What is the spiritual significance that in order for the high priest to be anointed and to have his hands filled, he had to first be clothed with the holy garments? How does this principle apply to us as priests in the church life today?
- Exo. 29:30 says that high priest shall put the holy garments on for seven days when he comes into the Tent of Meeting to minister in the sanctuary. What does seven days signify? How does this verse apply to the church meetings?
- What is the spiritual significance that God’s food was burned and the priests’ food was boiled in chapter 29?
- What is difference of enjoyment of Christ in the holy land, on the holy mountain, and in the holy court? Why the church meeting is the place to have the topmost enjoyment of Christ?
- Which New Testament verses reveal that God desires all His redeemed people to be His priests?
- What are the three aspects of redemption? How can we be terminated in Christ as sin offering?
- What are the two main categories of the offerings for the sanctification of the priests? What are the three items in each category? What is your experience of being terminated in Christ’s resurrection?
- What are the five steps of the sanctification to be the priests? What kind of problems are dealt with in the first three steps? What are the purposes of the last two steps? Why are we still empty-handed without the last step?
- In Exodus 29:19-20 what is the spiritual significance that the blood of the second ram was put upon the priests’ ear, thumb, and big toe?
- What is the spiritual significance of the blood and anointing oil which were sprinkled upon the priests’ garments?
- As their portion, the priests have the wave breast and the heave shoulder. What aspects of Christ are the priests enjoying?
- Described how the last aspect of sanctification—feasting on Christ—involves saturation and transformation.
- Describe a complete view of sanctification based on Exodus 29.
- Why is it significant that Aaron and his sons were not ordained or consecrated to be priests, but being sanctified to be priests serving God?
- What is the proper way to sanctify a saint to serve as a priest? What kind of experiences are required to serve as priest according to Exodus 29?
- What is the significance that Aaron and his sons were washed and clothed with the priestly garments?
- Why is it significant that we must experience Christ as the sin offering in order to be priests in a practical way?
- What is the significance of the blood and fragrance of the burnt offering in Exodus 29?
- What were the three steps and three applications regarding the blood of the peace offering? What is the significance of the blood of the peace offering in Exodus 29?
- In Exodus 29 the anointing oil is mentioned first in verse 7 and again in verse 21. What is the difference of these two kinds of anointing?
- In Exodus 29, the bull was for the sin offering, the first ram was for the burnt offering and the second ram was for the peace offering. How were the three offerings related to the sanctification of the priests?
- Exodus 29:9 says, “…and you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons.” The Hebrew word rendered consecrate literally means “fill their hand.” What does it mean regarding the filling of their hands? What is the difference between consecration and sanctification?
- Why do we still need sin offering after the Passover? Why in the filling up of the priests’ empty hands was there still the need for the sin offering?
- Aaron and his sons were of God’s people and they had experienced the Passover even while they were in Egypt. Why did they need to be sanctified and set apart from the rest of the children of Israel?
- The washing of Aaron and his sons with water signifies the washing away of the defilements of the earthly touch. How can we be washed today according to John 15:3 and Ephesians 5:26?
- How can we have our emptiness filled with Christ inwardly and outwardly?
- What are the two kinds of burning of sin offering? What are the purposes and significances of these two kinds of burnings?
- The trespass offering deals with our sins but the sin offering deals with our sinful nature. Do you realize that we still have a sinful nature and need sin offering? What should we offer according to Romans 8:3? How is this related to the two kinds of burning of sin offering?
- How can we have our emptiness filled with Christ inwardly and outwardly (same question in the previous message, but additional focus on our sinful nature?
- Offering Christ as the sin offering prepares the way for us to enjoy Christ. What is your subjective experience?
- The golden plate was only placed at the front of the turban of the high priest. What was the engraving on the golden plate? What is the significance of this golden plate?
- The turban, the tunic, the girdle, and the breeches were all made of linen. They are all related to covering the fallen being of a priest. What is the significance of the fine linen according to Revelation 19:8? Do you see that we need Christ as righteousness to cover our entire fallen being?
- What are the two expressions in the conclusion of the record of the priestly garments? Where can you see these two expressions in the New Testament? How can we be a normal priest to server God today?
- What is the significance of the “holy gifts” in Exodus 28:38? What are the four degrees of holiness? Do you see our High Priest, Christ bears the heavy responsibility to bring us into a fourfold holiness?
- What are the two aspects of the sanctification? Please give an example for each aspect.
- What is the definition of holiness?
- Do you see the absolute holiness in the part of the top portion which was separated absolutely for God? What is the significance of the high priest was required to bear the iniquity of this part?
- Why is it important for us to be transparent and have Christ inscribed in a clear and definite way? Do you recognize the need for more experience of Christ?
- What is the significance of God’s speaking was through the breastplate by the stones that became dark?
- Can you find an example in the Bible that shows God’s speaking through the breastplate always involves a judgment and supply?
- What is the significance of the long robe worn by the high priest?
- According to Ephesians 1:23, what is the fullness of Christ today? Do you see it from the picture of the high priest’s garments consist of the breastplate, the shoulder-pieces, and the long skirt?
- What is the significance of the long robe with pomegranates and bells?
- Why did the Urim and the Thummim work for David, but not for Saul? What kind of person is qualified to obtain revelation through the Urim and the Thummim according to Deuteronomy 33:8-10?
- Why do the Urim and the Thummim together signify Christ as God’s witness and God’s testimony?
- What is the significance of the Urim contained oil that was burned with fire from the altar? Do you realize that the shining Christ works through the Spirit and also through the cross?
- Why does the he Thummim typify Christ as the completer and the perfecter?
- Do you realize that the Christ whom we experience is the One who is inscribed into us? Do you feel short of the inscription of Christ?
- Why is the entire ephod with the shoulder plates and the breastplate a portrait of Christ with His church?
- What is the significance of the two chains of gold put on the two rings at the ends of the breastplate?
- Please explain how God’s redeemed people are both held on Christ’s heart in love and are upheld by Christ’s bearing strength according to Exodus 28:25.
- Do you see that the church is borne upon Christ as a memorial, a remembrance before God in Exodus 28:29-30?
- The Urim and the Thummim were added to the breastplate according to Exodus 28:30. What were the functions of Urim and Thummim?
- Why is it important for all the leading ones to read the condition and situation of the saints in their locality?
- Why is it important that we need to be transformed and transparent and been inscribed with Christ?
- What is the meaning of the word judgment used in Deuteronomy 33:10 and Exodus 28:29-30? How can we have God’s leading through His judgements?
- What was the function of the breastplate? Why was the breastplate called the breastplate of judgment?
- Pleas explain why the church is God’s leading today.
- What is the significance of the materials and workmanship of the ephod and the breastplate being the same?
- What is the significance of the breastplate being a span in length and width?
- What is the significance of the names of the twelve tribes of Israel engraved on the twelve stones? Do you see God’s redeemed people are built in a corporate way?
- The twelve stones were arranged in four rows with three stones in each row. What is the significance of this arrangement?
- The number twelve is found both with the breastplate and the New Jerusalem. What is the significance of this number twelve? How are these twelve precious stones related to God’s eternal plan?
- The gold and the linen in the ephod were woven together. Please explain how this typifies the mingling of divinity and humanity in Christ.
- Why is this weaving together of divinity and humanity in Christ is important for us to discern the erroneous teachings concerning the Person of Christ?
- The ephod was made of linen thread and golden thread and with five colors: golden yellow, pure white, blue, purple, and scarlet. What are the significances of these colors?
- How were the onyx stones attached to the shoulder-pieces? What is the significance of the filigree settings of gold? Do you see that the Lord Jesus is holding us in beautiful settings of gold filigree?
- What is the significance of the chains of gold in Exodus 28:13 and 14?
- What constitutes Christ’s strength to fasten us to Himself, to bear us, and to uphold us?
- In 1 Cor 3:12, what materials are used to build the church today? Do you find the same materials used in the tabernacle and the priesthood?
- What are the materials of ephod? What are the significances of them?
- Only the high priest had the right to wear the ephod. Please explain why this typifies that we are fastened and bound to Christ.
- What is your experience of being held by the Lord? Do you see the holding power is His divine glory and human beauty?
- What is the significance of the two onyx stones in Exodus 28:9-10? Why was this a memorial before God according to Exodus 28:12?
- Do you see that every aspect of Christ typified by the materials and colors of the ephod is revealed in the Gospels?
- What is the significance of the onyx stones set in gold filigree? How do the transformed saints attached to Christ become an additional beauty to Christ?
- In 1 Cor 3:12, what materials are used to build the church today? Do you find the same materials used in the tabernacle and the priesthood?
- Why is it important to see that our protection is not our spirituality but to be built into God’s building?
- How can we be built into God’s building according to 1 Peter 2?
- Why is it impossible to have the priesthood without the building? What is God’s unique goal?
- What are the six main items included in the priestly garments?
- What is the significance of the priestly garments?
- How were the priestly garments qualify and sanctify the priests?
- What are the expression of the “glory” and “beauty” in Exodus 28:2? How can we have this expression?
- The lighting of the lamps is related to the meeting of God’s people. What was the qualification to light the lamps in the Holy Place? What is the qualification today?
- What is the significance of the pure olive oil? Why is it important to light the lamps with pure olive oil?
- What is the significance of lighting the lamps before the testimony in Exodus 27:21?
- Why does lighting the lamps in the church meetings help us to see different aspects of Christ?
- What is the significance of the priesthood was revealed after the tabernacle in Exodus 28? What are the two functions of the church today?
- In 1 Peter 2:5 the priesthood is not the service of the priests. What is the meaning of priesthood in this verse? Why is this priesthood a spiritual house?
- Why does the priesthood require the building up of the saints according to 1 Peter 2:5?
- Why should we not serve in an individualistic way?
- Apart from the gate of judgment, there is no way for us to enter into God’s building. How can we be under God’s judgment? How can we remain under God’s judgment?
- We are the people who have been judged, redeemed, and linked to God’s righteousness, bearing Christ as God’s expression. How is this related to the gate of the outer court?
- What were the three main items involved in the priestly service?
- What kind of person can be the New Testament priest?
- What are the significances of the wick and olive oil used in lighting the lamps?
- Why is it important to light the lamps in the meetings as a New Testament priest?
- What is the expression and boundary of God’s building today? What is the twofold expression of God?
- What is the significance of the white linen and the height of the hangings?
- What is the significance of the sockets of bronze and the pillars?
- What does it mean to live a life under the judgment of God? What is the difference between prohibition and judgment? What is the issue of God’s judgment?
- What are the basic principles of the gospel according to the revelation of the gate of the court of the tabernacle?
- What is the goal of God’s gospel according to Matt. 16:18 and the book of Romans?
- How can we bear the righteousness of God? Why do our good behavior and bad behavior both need to be judged?
- How can we have a strong and stable church life in the context of this message? Why should we not to judge others?
- What requirements must be met for fallen sinners to meet with God? What is the significance of the grating being on the same level as the propitiation-cover of the ark?
- What is the significance of the height of the part of the altar above the grating being the same as the part underneath the grating?
- With the altar of burnt offering we have a picture of the entire New Testament. Please summarize the main points (the redeeming Christ, the Spirit and the church) by your understanding of the altar of burnt offering.
- What is the difference between God’s righteousness and God’s holiness? Please explain why the first four commandments are related to God’s holiness and the last six commandments are related to God’s righteousness.
- What is the kingdom of God according to Romans 14:17? What is the requirement to enter into the kingdom of the heavens according to Matt. 5:20? How can this requirement be fulfilled according to Romans 8:4?
- A person approaching the tabernacle from afar would first see the fine linen. What is the significance of the fine linen according to Revelation 19:8? What should be the appearance and boundary of the church today?
- What is the significance of the white linen hanging on the bronze in the outer court?
- What is the significance of the verse that Christ offered Himself through the eternal Spirit in Hebrews 9:14?
- What is the issue of Christ’s redemption? Please explain using the related verses in the New Testament.
- Please explain how the grating, the rings and poles depict the redemption of Christ, the cross of Christ, moving by the power of the Spirit upon the shoulders of human beings.
- Please explain how the grating typifies the redeeming Christ and not just the redemption of Christ.
- What is the significance of the redeeming Christ issuing in the Spirit?
- What is the significance of the carrying of the altar was done by a corporate body?
- What is the significance of the bronze grating within the altar?
- What is the significance of the four bronze rings at the four ends of the grating?
- What is the significance of the eternal Spirit for both burning and moving?
- Please explain how the grating, the four rings and the connection of the four rings to the grating are presented in the New Testament.
- Exodus 27:5 shows that the grating is at half the height of the altar, halfway between the top and the bottom. How is this related to the two crucial matters – the eternal Spirit and the standard of God’s requirements?
- In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul refers to his ministry as a ministry of reconciliation. What are the two aspects of reconciliation in this chapter? How are they related to the inner veil and the screen in the tabernacle?
- In Romans 8:3, how did God condemn sin in the flesh? Do you see the flesh dealt with in Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 5 is illustrated by the inner veil in Exodus 26?
- In 2 Corinthians Paul uses many metaphors. What are the two metaphors used in in 2 Corinthians 2:14 through 16
- Chapter five of 2 Corinthians indicates the believers at Corinth had not yet come into the Holy of Holies. How can we enter into the Holy of Holies today?
- How does the record in the Exodus regarding the tabernacle with its furniture correspond to the sequence of our spiritual experiences?
- What is the type of the altar of the burnt offering in the New Testament?
- What is the significance of the altar being made of acacia wood?
- What is the significance of the dimensions of the altar of the burnt offering?
- The first layer of the covering, the veil, and the screen were all made of the same material with the same colors, design, and workmanship. What are the differences in their functions? Do you see the screen also refers to Christ?
- There were five sockets of bronze under the five pillars at the entrance of the tabernacle. What is the significance of the sockets of bronze? How do they differ from the sockets of silver?
- What are the two aspects to Christ’s death? How do the inner veil and outer veil related to these two aspects?
- There were two kinds of pillars in Exodus 26 – the five pillars with the outer curtain and the four pillars with the inner veil. Why do we need both kinds of pillars in the church today?
- What is the significance of the screen and the veil attached to the pillars?
- What is the difference between Christ dying for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3 ) and Christ dying for us (2 Corinthians 5:14)?
- What does it mean to be crucified with Christ doctrinally and experientially?
- Do you see Christ is the entrance into the enjoyment of God according to your experience?
- Why was there the need of a separating veil within the tabernacle?
- What is the significance of the veil according to Hebrews 10:20? What is the significance of the veil was rent from the top to the bottom?
- What is the significance of the pillars? What is the difference between the pillars and the boards?
- What is the significance of the veil placed on the four pillars?
- In Hebrews 9:6 and 7 Paul speaks of the first and second tabernacles, not one tabernacle with two sections. Why did he regard the one tabernacle as two tabernacles? What are the types of the first and second tabernacles?
- What is the difference of the two tabernacles in our experience?
- Why is it important that our flesh needs to be broken?
- What is the significance of the standing boards in Exodus 26:15?
- How can we become the acacia wood overlaid with gold? What is the spiritual significance of it?
- What is the spiritual significance of the corner boards being doubled?
- In our Christian experience do we begin with the top of the tabernacle or with the bottom?
- What is the significance of the two tenons of each board described in Exodus 26:17?
- What is the function and significance of the silver sockets?
- There were three rings on each board and five bars on each of three sides, north, south, and west. What are the significances of the rings and bars?
- The first layer of the covering of the tabernacle (the ten curtains of fine linen) is the inward expression of the Lord Jesus in His humanity. What are the significances of the ten curtains and the fine linen?
- What are the significances of the blue, purple and scarlet strands and the cherubim embroidered on the linen curtains?
- What are the significances of the blue loops and the fifty clasps?
- Exodus 26:7-8 describe the second layer of the covering of the tabernacle. What are the significances of the goats’ hair, eleven curtains and the measurement?
- Exodus 26:14 describes the third and the forth layers of the covering of the tabernacle. What is the significance of the covering of rams’ skins?
- What is the significance of the covering of the porpoise skins?
- Please describe how to find the five crucial matters (the divine nature, resurrection, life, the Spirit, and light) from the lampstand? [It is helpful to see the picture of the lampstand from the online life study message.
- What is the fruit of growing, budding, and blossoming of the lampstand?
- The wick was the only part of the lampstand that was not made of gold. What is the significance of the wick? How can we experience the trimming or snuffing of the wick today?
- What are the three layers of different lights with the tabernacle? Where are these lights?
- What is the lampstand today? Why are we part of the lampstand?
- The lampstand signifies the expression of the Triune God. Please explain it from its substance, stand and lamps.
- The lampstand is a growing entity, who is the One grows? What is the significance that the branches are growing?
- What kind of experience we may have through the shining of the lampstand?
- What is the issue of the four steps of growing, branching, budding, and blossoming of the lampstand?
- What is the function and significance of the four rings of gold on the four feet of the table?
- Why was the bread called the bread of the Presence (or face-bread in Hebrew word)? How is this related to our enjoyment of Christ in the church life?
- According to Leviticus 24:9, the bread of the Presence was the most holy of the people’s offerings to Jehovah made by fire. What is the spiritual significance of this?
- The lampstand signifies the expression of the Triune God. Please explain it from its substance, stand and lamps.
- What is the spiritual significance that the lampstand was in the Holy Place?
- According to the sequence of revelation, the lampstand comes after the table of the bread of the Presence and it signifies Christ as the light of life (John 8:12). How can we experience this “light of life” today?
- What are the significances of the cups, knobs and blossoming buds?
- Paul speaks of the propitiation-cover as the throne of grace in the book of Hebrews. Where is the throne of grace today? How can we come to the throne of grace?
- Why is the book of Hebrews a definition of the ark? What are the relevant verses?
- Proverbs 29:18 says that where there is no vision, the people run wild. How and where can we receive the vision from God?
- What is the spiritual significance of the table of the bread of the Presence?
- What are the differences between feasting on the bread of the Presence and eating manna?
- Who is the tabernacle today? Can we have the experience of the table without the builded saints?
- How does the tabernacle with the outer court correspond to our tripartite man? Do you see that Christ is the One who dwells in our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22)?
- The most crucial part of the ark of the testimony was its cover. Can you summarize the significance of the propitiatory cover according to its functions, material, size, the golden rim (crown) and the two golden cherubim on it?
- Exodus 25:22 is a portrait of God meeting with man. Please explain how this portrait signifies Christ in His totality?
- The blood sprinkled on the ark was brought into the Holy of Holies from the altar. What is the significance of the blood on the propitiatory cover?
- Who opened the way to the tree of life? How was the way opened, and when (Heb 10:19-20)?
- How can we experience Christ as the living ark?
- What are the 4 keywords in John’s mending ministry indicating Christ as the ark of the testimony?
- What are the verses that refer to Christ as the place of propitiation, as the propitiatory sacrifice, and as the One making propitiation for our sins?
- Why does the ark of the testimony need the rings and poles? How is this related to Christ in Acts?
- What is the spiritual significance of the four rings of gold? What does the casting of the rings signify?
- What are the two instances in the Old Testament where the ark of testimony was not carried in the proper way? What is the right way to carry the ark?
- Why is it possible to be a very good Christian and yet not bear the ark of the testimony?
- Please explain why Christ is the One who makes propitiation to God for us and the One who is the propitiatory sacrifice and cover.
- What is the significance of God speaking to His redeemed people from between the two cherubim?
- What are the spiritual significance of silver, bronze, onyx stone and other precious stones?
- What are the spiritual significances of linen, acacia wood, oil for the lamp, the spices for the anointing oil and for the incense of perfumes?
- What are the spiritual significances of goats’ hair, rams’ skins, and porpoise skins?
- Why was the ark called the ark of testimony?
- What aspect of Christ is typified by the ark?
- What are the outward and inward prerequisites for us to be the church?
- The ark was made of acacia wood overlaid with pure gold inside and outside. What is the significance of the acacia wood? How is the ark related to the mingling of Christ’s two natures?
- What is the vision of the tabernacle revealed in Exodus chapters 25 through 40? How is this related to John 1:14, Ephesians 1:22-23 and Revelation 21:3?
- How does the vision of the tabernacle differ from the vision of the ark?
- What is the spiritual significance of the wave offering and heave offering in the Old Testament?
- What are the three categories of the materials used in building the tabernacle? How is this related to Christ’s life?
- Why is it important to offer the building materials as a heave offering?
- The minerals in Exodus 25:1-9 signify Christ as the building material ordained by God and prepared by Him. How can we apply this to our church life today?
- The first mineral mentioned in 25:1-9 is gold. What is the spiritual significance of gold?
- Why did Moses sprinkle the blood on both the book itself and all the people in Hebrews 9:19?
- The blood for forgiveness of sins ushered the sinful party of the covenant into better things. What are the five things promised in Ezekiel 36:26-27 and Jeremiah 31:33-34?
- What are the functions of the blood of Christ of the new covenant?
- What are the 3 ways that the word “tabernacle” is used in the Bible?
- Describe your experience of seeing God under a clear sky.
- What are the different degrees of fellowship among believers today? Where would you like to be?
- What were the purposes of burnt offering and peace offering in the Old Testament? What are today’s burnt offering and peace offering?
- What are the spiritual significances of the blood and the pillars in Exodus 24:4-8?
- How was the covenant enacted? What is the crucial matter of the enactment of the covenant?
- What were God’s intentions in decreeing the law?
- How is the redeeming blood related to the presence of God?
- Apparently the altar, the pillars, the sacrifices, and the blood are not related in any way to the law. Why did Moses use all these things when he enacted the law? What is the basic principle of the divine economy?
- What is the way to become a pillar of God?
- What is the spirit significance of making no covenant with the pagan tribes in Exodus 23:32? How do we cooperate according to the principle in Romans 8?
- What are the four items included in God’s complete care portrayed in Exodus 23:25-26? What are the spiritual meanings of these four items and what is the purpose of God’s complete care?
- What is the difference between the law and the covenant?
- Is it possible for a fallen man to keep God’s law according to Romans 8:3-4?
- The enactment of the covenant was through an altar and with twelve pillars, sacrifices of burnt offerings and peace offerings, and with the blood. What are the spiritual meanings of the altar and the twelve pillars?
- What were the two parts of the revelation that Moses received on the mountain of God? Why was the enactment of the covenant important?
- Exodus 20 through 23 is a section containing the decree of the Mosaic law. What is the purpose of the decree of the law?
- Who is the Angel of Jehovah in Exodus 23:20?
- What did the Angel of Jehovah do and where did He go?
- Why would God not cut off the pagan tribes occupying the promised land all at once?
- What is the way to possess the good land for our enjoyment today?
- How is Philippians 2:13 related to Exodus 23:29-30?
- What is the spiritual significance of “the fullness of your harvest and of the outflow of your presses” in Exodus 22:29? How is this related to our experience of Christ?
- What is the spiritual significance of “the firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me” in Exodus 22:29? How is this related to God’s redemption?
- What is the spiritual significance of keeping the sabbath day and observing the sabbatical year and how do they differ?
- What is the spiritual significance of keeping feasts unto God three times a year? What is the significance of each of these three feasts?
- Why must the blood of God’s sacrifice never be offered with leavened bread?
- What is the spiritual significance of “nor shall the fat of My feast remain all night until the morning” in Exodus 23:18?
- What is the spiritual significance of bringing the first of the firstfruits into the house of God?
- What is the spiritual significance of “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk” in Exodus 23:19?
- Can you see the sweetness of the ordinances in Exodus 21:1-23:19? Please give at least one example.
- In Exodus 21:12-14, we have details related to the commandment forbidding murder. What is the spiritual significance of these verses?
- Exodus 23:10-11 is the ordinance concerning the keeping of the sabbatical year. Why was this a test for the Israelites?
- These three chapters of Exodus (21-23) require a man to preserve human life, honor parents, keep marriage pure and have the human virtues. Can you see Christ is typified by implication in these ordinances? How feasting with God by enjoying Christ is related to these ordinances?
- In the depths of Exo 21 through 23, we find implications, indications, and significances of the ordinances of the law that describe man’s fallen condition, how fallen man must be redeemed, terminated, and replaced. What is our realization of our fallen condition? How can fallen man worship God?
- What is the difference between a mistaken sinner and a willful sinner?
- Where is our city of refuge?
- What does stealing signify? What does stealing come from?
- Why was man not allowed to use tools to hew stones to build an altar?
- A prerequisite to the worship of God is having an altar. Why? What is our realization and experience of the altar?
- Climbing up steps to an altar exposes one’s nakedness. How can the nakedness of man’s fallen nature remain covered? How do we experience Christ as our covering?
- In this portion Exo 21:1-6 concerning the relationship between the master and the slave, describe the spirit of a slave.
- After serving his master six years, a Hebrew slave can legally be set free. What motivated him for his continued service?
- Why is the slave in this portion a type of the Lord Jesus?
- How can one have the obedience of a slave?
- Why did Moses’ ministry of glory become a ministry of condemnation and death if in itself it was not a ministry of condemnation and death?
- Why did Moses put a veil on his face when he spoke to the people? Why is it a very serious matter for any servant of the Lord to be unveiled in speaking to the Lord but veiled in speaking to the people?
- What does it mean experientially to be under the Old Testament? How can we be under the New Testament in our spiritual experience?
- What does the commandment not to make gods of gold and silver imply?
- What does erecting an altar of earth or stone ( Exo 20: 24-25) mean in our experience?
- What is our understanding and enjoyment of Christ as our burnt offering and as our peace offering?
- In the proper worship of God, there should not be any name other than the name of the Lord. What should our experience be?
- Whenever the Bible tells us to do a certain thing, instead of asking the Lord to help us to do it, what should our prayer be?
- What are the 3 negative functions of the law?
- What is God’s purpose in making requirements if He does not expect us to fulfill them? What are 2 scriptural references in the New Testament that show us how we can meet His demands?
- What is the difference between the principle of the tree of life and that of the tree of knowledge?
- What are the 3 functions of the law as decreed by God?
- In Rom 7:12 and 14, Paul uses 4 words to describe the law: spiritual, holy, just, and good. It was also intended to be unto life ( Rom 7:10). But in itself, the law cannot give life. Why not?
- What happens when we separate the law from the living God as the source of life?
- Why is there a need for the negative aspect of the giving of the law?
- Whether a message is “day” or “night” depends on the receiver or reader. What does that mean?
- Are you part of the house of Jacob or the children of Israel?
- How do you extend your “day” and shorten your “night”?
- Why was the skin of Moses’ face shining? And where did that happen?
- If the commandments are not meant for man to keep, what then is God’s intention?
- Why do we need to read the Bible?
- What is the difference between having no heart for the Word, a divided heart, and a lack of heart?
- What kind of attitude do we need when we come to the Word?
- What does it require to have root hairs?
- How do we experience God as our portion?
- How do we enjoy God as our hiding place and shield?
- How are the loving seekers of the Lord preserved and their footsteps established?
- Why is musing on God’s Word more than meditating? In our experience, how do we muse on His Word?
- After we enter into the Word, we learn the Word. How do we learn the Word?
- What happens when we come to the Word in the way of breathing the Lord?
- All the various functions of the Word are the actions of a living Person. How do we experience this living Person through the Word?
- How do we join ourselves to the Triune God through the Word?
- Where can we see in the New Testament that God is courting man?
- How can we say that the whole Bible is a divine romance?
- Psalm 119 is filled with aspiration, not with doctrine. How can we see this?
- How does Psalm 119 show us that the psalmist was a seeker of God?
- What are some aspects of the seeker’s experience of God shown in this psalm?
- How did the psalmist experience the law as the Word of God?
- How should we come to the Word of God?
- Where, when, and how did God betroth Israel to Himself? What Scripture references in the Old Testament show us that God is courting His people?
- How can we show that the first five commandments were given in an atmosphere of love?
- What is the highest function of the law?
- Although God is divine and we are human, it is still possible for us to be one with Him. How is it possible?
- What is God’s ultimate goal? How does He accomplish this goal?
- We do not keep the law through the exercise of our mind and will. How do we keep the law?
- How do we know that God is a jealous God?
- How do we know that God is holy and loving?
- How do we know that God is righteous, truthful and pure?
- What was Moses’ experience of spending forty days in communion with God on the mountain?
- Describe the experience of the psalmists, the loving seekers of God in the Old Testament?
- How was their experience different from that of the letter-keeping Judaizers, including Saul of Tarsus?
- How can we be a true worshipper?
- What is recorded in Exodus 18 was not written according to the sequence of history. The events actually happened after Exodus 40, after the building of the tabernacle. Why then is chapter 18 inserted between chapters 17 and 19?
- What are the two main sections of the book of Exodus and what is covered in each section?
- What is the spiritual significance of being brought to the mountain of God?
- What are the 5 aspects of being brought into the knowledge of God? How do we know that the “wings of the eagle” is the grace of God?
- What does it mean for us to become His personal possession and peculiar treasure?
- In the Old Testament, Amalek is a type of the flesh. What does Paul tell us regarding the flesh in Romans 8:7-8 and how are we to deal with the flesh according to Galatians 5:24?
- If Moses is a type of the interceding Christ, why would his hands be heavy? What is the significance of this in the light of our experience?
- What are the reasons that our hands become heavy in prayer? What do we need to support our prayer life?
- Isaac typifies Christ while Ishmael typifies the issue of the flesh. Explain the difference between the two and how this is related to our experience.
- What is the definition of the flesh and that of grace given in this message 48?
- Why is the so-called good flesh more hateful to God than the evil flesh? How can we see this from how God dealt with King Saul in 1 Samuel 15?
- What are the good aspects of the natural life that need to be rejected?
- Explain how drinking and flowing are two aspects of one thing.
- Explain why it is serious to lose our thirst.
- What is the best repellent to drive away all the negative things?
- What does it mean to well up into eternal life?
- If we are inwardly hungry and thirsty, we shall not be able to fight against the flesh. Explain.
- Amalek was the first enemy the children of Israel encountered on the way to the good land. Our flesh is the first among all our enemies. What is the purpose of the flesh in warring against us?
- How is Amalek defeated? How do we experience the defeat of the flesh?
- What is the destiny of Amalek?
- What is the basic principle in the Bible concerning man’s relationship with God?
- What is the promise in Rev 22:14 and the call in Rev 22:17?
- In the Bible, eating and drinking are matters of crucial significance. What Scriptural references can you find to prove this?
- How does the apostle Paul show us in 1 Corinthians the importance of eating and drinking?
- Just as the Bible does not tell us how to believe, it does not tell us how to drink the water of life. How do we learn to drink?
- What are the 7 aspects presented in this message regarding the “science” of drinking?
- The incident in Exo 17:1-6 took place at Massah at the beginning of their time in the wilderness, when the children of Israel had just begun to follow the Lord. How is this incident different from the incident recorded in Numbers 20 at Kadesh?
- What can we learn from Moses’ failure at both places?
- The shortage of water is a test both to God and to God’s people. How does God expose us when we come to a stage of dryness?
- How can we show from the Scriptures that drinking is more important than eating and that the eating is in the drinking?
- Manna was mysterious because it came from heaven. How is the water from the cleft rock also mysterious?
- God is almighty and He could simply have opened the ground and caused living water to spring forth. Why did He cause water to come out of a rock?
- Exo 17:6 is a profound verse. What does it imply?
- How does the Bible record the story of God’s flowing?
- Explain the significance of preserving the manna in the golden pot? Where was the golden pot?
- What are the aspects of manna that show that everything related to manna is miraculous?
- Show how the experience of Christ as manna is according to God’s regulations and not according to man’s way or estimation.
- Where is the hidden manna today?
- In Exo 17:1 we read that the children of Israel journeyed according to the commandment of the Lord. What is the significance of their being led by the pillar day and night?
- What are the 7 outstanding experiences leading up to chapter 17?
- How is the smiting of the rock a clear and complete type of Christ’s crucifixion?
- What scripture references can we use to show that the water flowing out of the smitten rock typifies the Spirit?
- What ground does the apostle Paul have to say in 1 Cor 10:4 that the children of Israel drank of a spiritual rock that followed them?
- According to Exo16, manna was something small. Where in the New Testament does the Lord reveal His smallness?
- What does the roundness of manna signify? How do we experience this aspect of manna?
- Manna was also white. When we partake of this aspect of Christ as our manna, what happens? What is the significance of manna being like frost; what does coriander seed indicate about Christ?
- How do we know that the experience of manna was solid? What do we need to do to experience this aspect of manna?
- Why does eating Christ as the manna cause us to have more eyes?
- Manna tastes like fresh oil and also like wafers made with honey. Manna was good for making cakes. Manna was a mystery. How do we experience all these aspects of Christ?
- The keeping of an omer of manna in a golden pot is a very deep matter. What is the spiritual significance?
- What two aspects does this indicate?
- How does the open manna become the hidden manna?
- Trace the basic underlying concept of eating throughout the bible. Why is eating a basic concept in the divine Word?
- How can we connect Exodus 16, John 6 and Revelation 22?
- To simply know that manna is a type of Christ as a doctrine does not mean anything. What is God’s intention for us?
- In the bible, especially in the New Testament, there is just one ministry. How was it possible for the apostles to have only one ministry?
- In the Lord’s recovery, what do we care for?
- What is the first characteristic of manna? Where does the Lord Jesus refer to Himself as the manna?
- What is the second characteristic of manna? What is its spiritual significance?
- What is the third characteristic of manna? How is this related to our spiritual experience? What must we experience daily?
- Why is it possible to read the Word every morning without gathering any manna?
- What are two crucial matters in God’s full salvation?
- Since God knew that the children of Israel were in need of food, why did God purposely not give them food immediately after they left Egypt?
- Why did God send the quails first before sending the manna?
- What is the crucial point in chapter 16 regarding the change of diet? What does it result in?
- What is the significance of God’s sending the quails and the manna?
- What are the regulations concerning the sending of manna? In contrast, there were no regulations with the sending of quails. Why?
- What does the Egyptian diet denote?
- How does God reconstitute His people? Why do we need to be reconstituted?
- Why is chapter 16 even more crucial than chapter 12?
- What is the significance of the numbers 12 and 70? What is the significance of the numbers 4, 3, 7, 10?
- Why did Jehovah lead His people southward from Marah to Elim?
- What is the spiritual significance of Elim? Why must our experience at Marah be followed by the experience at Elim?
- What does Elim typify?
- What is the negative experience in the wilderness of Sin?
- Why is the experience at Elim not enough?
- What is the underlying reason for the children of Israel’s murmurings against Moses and Aaron?
- When is our flesh dealt with?
How does the Lord come in to deal with the flesh of His people?
- What are certain conditions that need to be met before we can enjoy manna?
- If the children of Israel had had only the exodus but not the crossing of the Red Sea, their salvation would not have been secure. Why?
- How do we know that the crossing of the Red Sea is a type of baptism? What other incident in the Old Testament gives us a picture of baptism?
- In 1 Cor 10:2 the apostle Paul tells us that the children of Israel were all ” baptized unto Moses” and ” in the cloud and in the sea.” Explain the spiritual significance.
- What is God’s goal in bringing the children of Israel through the Red Sea? How is this related to us?
- According to Exo 15:22, after crossing the Red Sea, the children of Israel journeyed for 3 days in the wilderness of Shur. Why is the wilderness here a positive experience?
- In 15:23, God led His people to Marah, a place of bitterness. What is the spiritual significance of Marah and what do we experience here?
- How do we experience healing in bitter circumstances?
- What verses in the New Testament show us that Christ is our Healer?
- What is the significance of Joseph’s bones being brought out of Egypt (Exo 13:19)? Why are these bones mentioned in the same chapter that speaks of the month of Abib?
- The pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire are mentioned in relation to Joseph’s bones in Exo 13:19-22. What is the significance and what is our spiritual application?
- Why did God purposely lead His people seemingly through a roundabout way (Exo 13:17)? What can we learn from this?
- How do we experience His instant, living guidance?
- What are the 3 aspects of God’s complete salvation?
- The more Pharaoh struggled against God, the more he helped to bring about the environment that was needed for the accomplishment of God’s salvation. Explain how this came about.
- According to Exo 14:19-20, the guiding light became the protecting light. In what circumstances do God’s people experience this? Have we experienced this?
- What is the significance of eating unleavened bread and what is our application?
- Leaven was not to be seen ( Exo 13:7). What does this mean in our experience and application?
- According to Exo 12:16, the children of Israel were not permitted to do any work on the first and seventh day of the feast of unleavened bread? What is the significance and what is our application?
- Strangers and hired servants could not partake of the Passover while the purchased and circumcised servants were qualified to eat of it. Explain the significance.
- List the 6 negative items that are excluded from participation in the Passover?
- God’s people were saved not only by the blood of the Passover lamb, but also by the hand of God? How do we see the hand of God?
- What is the significance of plundering the Egyptians ( Exo 12:35-36)? How do we experience this as we are in the world?
- Exo 12:42 says that this was a night of observation unto the Lord. How did the children of Israel cooperate with Him? How do we cooperate with Him?
- Is it easy to make our exodus out of Egypt? How should we leave Egypt?
- Why is Christ called our Passover?
- What is the New Testament significance of the month and date of the Passover? And how are they related to our experience?
- What is the significance of the lamb of the Passover?
- What is the significance of applying the Passover lamb by eating with loins girded, with shoes on the feet, with staff in the hand, and in haste?
- What is the significance of applying the Passover lamb by touching the lintel and the two side posts with the blood applied by a bunch of hyssop?
- What is the significance of applying the Passover lamb by remaining in the house whose door has been touched with the blood?
LIFE-STUDY OF EXODUS, MESSAGE 21, THE HARDENING OF PHARAOH’S HEART
- In Romans 9, how did the apostle Paul understand the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart?
- Was it solely God’s sovereignty that Eve ate from the fruit of the tree of knowledge? What is placed in front of us each day, and what is our responsibility?
- In this message, what warning word did we receive about us hardening our own heart?
LIFE-STUDY OF EXODUS, MESSAGE 22, GOD’S DEMAND AND PHARAOH’S RESISTANCE
- Pharaoh was unique in refusing to submit to God’s demand, and he was used to manifest God’s sovereignty. What is God’s sovereignty, and how did God manifest this?
- What is your response of God’s tenth plague?
- What is the proper way for us to work for God?
- How does the Bible reveal that the heavens are for the earth, the earth is for man, and man with his human spirit is for God?
- In this third group of plagues (7, 8, 9), God altered the principles that govern the functions of the universe. What was altered in the 9th, 10th and 11 th conflicts between the Lord and Pharaoh? How can we apply these plagues to our own spiritual experience?
- We have pointed out that the plagues were not only for judgment, but also for the education of the Egyptians and the children of Israel. What can the church people learn today from these chapters in Exodus regarding God’s attitude towards the world and what our attitude needs to be?
- As God’s called and chosen people, we must pass through a process of burial and resurrection just as the children of Israel had to cross the Red Sea. What is the positive issue of crossing the Red Sea ( baptism)?
- What is the experience of holding a feast unto the Lord?
- What are the 5 stages of Pharaoh’s bargaining? How are these stages related to our gospel preaching?
- What are the 3 aspects of God’s insistence? How can we relate these to our experience?
- What is the sign that we have been thoroughly saved?
- Chapters 5-12 reveal a clear picture of the world. Why is it so important for God’s people to see the world for what it is?
- Whether the plague of the frogs (4 th conflict) was a form of punishment or a revelation depended on the attitude of the people. Explain.
- The Egyptian magicians were also able to change the water into blood, change the rod to a serpent, and bring forth frogs. However, they could not take the frogs away. Why not?
- As a preacher of the gospel, we must also be able to bring forth “frogs.” How must the preaching of the gospel be different from the teachings of the philosophers of the world?
- The dust of Egypt that formerly produced grain for food became lice (8:16-17; 5th conflict). God was wise and merciful? In principle, God is doing the same thing today. What does He want His people to realize concerning the world? Where does God want to bring His people?
- In 8:20-32, we see the 6th conflict between the Lord and Pharaoh. What do the swarms of flies signify?
- By means of the exposure of the first 4 plagues, we see the blood, the frogs, the lice, and the flies. What do these plagues expose to people in the world today?
- The redemption of Christ is a very weighty matter. How does God view the whole creation after man’s fall? How does God see His people?
- In 9:1-7, the 7 th conflict, God judged the animals that were used for transportation and also those used for food. What is the significance of this judgment? Since the cattle were not sinful, why did God judge them?
- What were two things God used the plagues to accomplish?
- In Exodus 9:8-12, the 6th plague (the 8th conflict) took place; boils broke forth upon man and the beast. What is the significance of the ashes?
- Two matters are very striking in this second group of plagues? What are they?
- Why did Moses need further training? (Exo 6:1-7:7)
- What were the 2 matters that God wanted to impress Moses with? What was He training him to know?
- What were 6 matters concerning which Moses needed further training?
- As sent ones, we all must know the 5 positive things and the 3 negative things covered in God’s further training of Moses. What are they?
- How are all these applicable to us in the Lord’s recovery? What are the lessons we need to learn?
- What was the purpose of the 12 conflicts between Jehovah and Pharaoh?
- What transpired in the first conflict?
- The 10 plagues that followed can be grouped into 4 categories. What are they? How are they similar to the 7 plagues in Revelation?
- What was exposed in the second conflict? Why was this exposure an expression of God’s mercy? How can we apply this? What is the issue of this conflict?
- What was the time and place of the third conflict? What does this first plague reveal? What was the purpose of this plague? What was the issue?
- How does God see the church today? How do we need to see ourselves?
- In Exodus 5:1 God revealed Himself as Jehovah, as the God of Israel and as the God of the Hebrews? What is the significance of each title? Why are these titles extremely important?
- What is the significance of a three days’ journey into the wilderness? The wilderness has a positive meaning here. What does it stand in contrast to?
- What does Pharaoh symbolize? What is the definition of a Pharaoh?
- What is the issue (4 aspects) of the conflict caused by God’s demand and Pharaoh’s resistance?
- What is the significance of the name Jehovah? How is it different from the name El Shaddai? How do we experience the Lord as Jehovah?
- What is the difference between a promise and a covenant?
- Why did God not annihilate Pharaoh with one blow? Why did He purposely engage in conflict with him?
- What are the five aspects of the purpose of God’s calling?
- How is the preaching of a called one different from the preaching of certain preachers who may be eloquent and knowledgeable?
- The whole history of the children of Israel is a type. What does this history include?
- What are the three stages of the enjoyment of Christ?
- What is the difference between the church and a social organization?
- What are the three stations in fulfilling God’s purpose?
- God’s chosen people had to cross two bodies of water. Describe the significance of each crossing?
- Describe the warfare that was waiting for the children of Israel after they entered the good land. How is this a picture of our experience?
- How is God’s purpose accomplished in the good land?
- Why the Lord’s anger kindled against Moses was a “pleasant anger”?
- What is the divine principle in the service of the Lord according to His New Testament economy?
- How does the record of an incident in Numbers 12 involving Aaron and Moses show that it was difficult for them to be matched by Aaron? What kind of race illustrates the principle of matching; explain?
- Some may carry on a great Christian work, but it is not of much benefit to the Body? How is the work in the Lord’s recovery different. What lessons are there for us to learn?
- Aaron’s help, the matching, was objective, whereas Zipporah’s help, the cutting, was subjective? Explain.
- In Deut 33:16 Moses spoke of God as the One who dwelt in the thorn-bush. Why did Moses not speak of the good will of “Him who dwelt in the tabernacle?
- How can we trace the line concerning God’s dwelling place from Exodus 3 through Revelation 21 from the initial stage to the consummate stage?
- When we compare the aspects of God’s calling in Exodus 3 & 4 to the record in the New Testament, what do we see that is similar in Moses’ experience to Paul’s experience?
- Explain the significance of Aaron’s matching and Zipporah’s cutting. What do they represent? What sign must we bear to be used by the Lord in His recovery?
- What do we need to know and experience to become useful in the hand of the Lord for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose and to be prepared to carry out His commission?
- What is the connection between Genesis 3 and Exodus 3? In both chapters, we have the thorn and the fire. How has the redemption of Christ changed man’s situation in Genesis 3?
- Deuteronomy 33:1 describes Moses as a man of God. This indicates transformation. What is one example of Moses’ transformation?
- As a corporate thorn-bush, the church is transformed, but it is still a thorn-bush; it does not change. How can we say that something is transformed without changing?
- It is important for us to see why these three subjective signs were given to Moses in Exodus 4. Why was the sign of a thorn-bush somewhat objective in comparison to these three signs?
- What does the picture of Moses taking the serpent by the tail show us? What principle can be applied to our relationship with everyone and everything?
- To what extent must we as God’s sent ones know the flesh?
- What is the subjective experience of the water becoming blood?
- What was the motivation of God’s calling of Moses?
- How long did God have to wait for someone to be raised up to answer His call? Why did He have to wait so long? What principle do we see here? What should our attitude be today?
- To receive God’s calling, we must be in the proper place. Where does God’s calling take place? (Don’t forget to read Exodus Chapter 3)
- The called one must know the name of the One who is calling Him. Moses wanted to know the divine name. What are the six titles revealed in this chapter? How can we experience such a One?
- What were the 4 aspects of God’s calling covered in LS message 5?
- What is the purpose of God’s calling? What was the negative side? What was the positive side?
- To be a called one, we must pass through a great deal of training and discipline. What did Moses have to pass through before God could use him as a sent one?
- What do we need to remember whenever we touch the work of God if we are to be God’s called ones like Moses?
- What is the underlying theme that binds Exodus chapters one and two together?
- In chapter two God used a number of females to accomplish His purpose of preparing a savior. They represent the various functions of the female life for the carrying out of God’s economy. Who were these females? What were their functions?
- Acts 7:22 says that Moses was “powerful in his words,” but in Exo 4:10 Moses said to the Lord, “I am not eloquent……but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” How can we reconcile these verses?
- In times of crisis, the female life is used by God to raise up something for His purpose. But whatever God raises up through the female life is rejected by the male life. This principle can be applied to the history of God’s move on earth. Which life do you prefer: the raising-up life or the rejecting life?
- We need to be raised up through the female life and perfected through the mature male life. If we would be perfected, what must our attitude and standing be?
- In the Bible, the concept of a “male” is rich in meaning, What is the concept of a “male” ? Who is the unique male in the universe?
- Man’s independence of God is rebellion. To live an independent life means to live by the tree of knowledge, but to live a dependent life means to live by the tree of life. What kind of life is a female life?
- In the Bible God’s people are likened to a female. Give examples.
- Why is Exodus the continuation of Genesis historically but not experientially?
- What are the 7 different lines of spiritual experience that can be found in a clear and detailed way in Exodus but not in Genesis?
- Describe how Exodus is a book of pictures.
- What is the central thought of Exodus?
- How are Genesis and Exodus different in the way they begin and conclude?
- What aspects of the world do Babylon, Sodom and Egypt typify?
- What is the situation of the people in the world as depicted in Exodus?
- Why did Pharaoh want the male life killed?
- How does the history of the land and a land flowing with milk and honey show that the temple issues out of the land, and that the church is the issue of the enjoyment of Christ?
- How does Ezekiel show in typology that the fellowship, service, work, government, royalty, lordship, and kingship come out of the enjoyment of the riches of Christ?
- How does the New Jerusalem indicate the mingling of God and man and the causing of all who enter to be one?
- In Ezekiel, what qualified the priests that could serve in the house? And what qualified the priests that come near to the Lord and the holy things?
- The priests could not wear any woolen garments. What does this signify?
- How do the instructions regarding the fraction of the produce that is offered to God differ between Moses and Ezekiel? What does this signify?
- Please explain why there is no mention of the flowing of the river before chapter 47.
- Please elaborate on the relationship between “measuring” and the “depth of the flow”. What is the dilemma when we experience in the flow of river and what is the best way to overcome?
- Please explain why swamps and marshes cannot be healed(Ezek 47:11).
- What does the building at the back of the temple signify?
- How are the walls of the temple and the incense alter different from the tabernacle built by Moses? What is signified by this difference?
- What are three points concerning the land surrounding the tabernacle, and how are these points a picture of the church life?
- Please explain the relationship between inner life and building up of church. From Ezekiel 43:7, what is the significance of “this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet”? Please elaborate on what God’s heart cares about.
- Ezekiel 43:10-12, what is the purpose of showing God’s house to the people?
- What is the Biblical basis of the statement, “This altar, which signifies the cross, is actually the center of the universe.”
- How is the alter in Ezekiel the meeting place of God and man? At this meeting place both parties experience death. Explain what this death is to God, and what this death is to man.
- What does the temple signify? To enter the temple, someone would first need to pass through the alter. What does this signify?
- What is the function of the porch? What does the path from the porch door into the inner door of the door relate to our spiritual experience?
- What are the side chambers? What is the spiritual significance of the latticed window and palm trees? What is the spiritual significance of “the space left at the outside of the side chambers” in our experience?
- What is the significance of Ezekiel’s age when he received the vision of God’s building?
- What are the three main things covered in Ezekiel 40-48 regarding God’s building?
- What aspects of Christ as the embodiment of the Triune God are portrayed in the gate of the temple?
- Please elaborate on this statement: “The main thing of the outer court is to enjoy Christ.”
- What is the spiritual significance of the “stone pavement”?
- What is the spiritual significance of the 8 steps of the gate at the entrance to the inner court? And what is the difference in the experience of outer court and inner court?
- What is the difference between the outward recovery and the inward recovery seen in Ezekiel? Which section in Ezekiel is about the outward recovery, and which section is about the inward recovery? Also consider your own experience of the outward recovery and inward recovery.
- What is the difference between a new heart and new spirit in our experience of the inward recovery?
- How is the exercise of the spirit different from teachings and gifts? How does this difference relate to the matter of life?
- Why is Ezekiel 37 so important and even considered as one of the great chapters in Bible? What is a single word that can represent this chapter. Try to use this word and the title to make a complete sentence as the summary of this LS.
- By using John 5:25, please explain the situation of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 as it relates to us. How are the dry bones and two sticks recovered, and how do they relate to God’s heart desire?
- What is the main meaning of prophesying according to Ezekiel 37? What are the three things related to prophesying, and what is their spiritual relationship that applies to us?
- In the Old Testament, what was God’s original intention for the center of His economy and means to execute His judgement on the nations? How did this center change due to Israel’s failure?
- What are the seven representative nations in Ezekiel, how are they grouped, and what do they signify in our experience?
- How did God exercise His judgement on these nations, and what is the result of this judgement?
- In the book of Ezekiel, why is the matter of recovery by life so important? What is the genuine recovery by life seen in Ezekiel 34:26-31?
- What is the first thing that the Lord does in His recovery by life? What is God’s desire for His people?
- Compare Ezekiel 34:11-31 with Matt 9:36, Luke 15:4, and John 10:11. What did God Himself do in the second step of recovery by life? Please elaborate using Luke 15 and Psalm 23.
- What are the three stages of the enjoyment of Christ as portrayed in the Old Testament, and how do these stages relate to the book of Ezekiel?
- What are the five rights, privileges, and standings of the people of Israel, and how do these items relate to the condition of the people of Israel as seen in the book of Ezekiel? And how does this condition relate to the condition of Christians today?
- What are five kinds of people among the children of Israel and their condition at the time of Ezekiel? And how does this relate to today’s Christians?
- In what three ways did the Israelites sin against God?
- In what way did God judge the Israelites? How does this apply to the church today in the spiritual sense?
- How did God show His mercy in judging Israel? What is the positive meaning of God’s judgment of the Israelites?
- What does the clear sky above the four living creatures signify in our spiritual experience? How do we maintain a clear sky?
- How are God’s presence, a clear sky, and the throne related to the highest spiritual experience? And how is this experience related to God’s purpose?
- Find the quote in the message which says, “It is a serious mistake to exercise authority over others in the church. Nothing is more shameful than this. To exercise authority over the saints is not glorious – it is shameful.” What is the Biblical basis of this statement?
- Why is the “appearance of a man” so important? How does it relate to God’s intention, His desire, and His eternal plan? Please elaborate on the importance of the Lord Jesus being the pioneer to the throne.
- What are the two aspects of the appearance of a man on the throne? How do we become persons of weight?
- What is the spiritual significance of the three basic colors of the rainbow, and how are they related to God’s attributes? How do we manifest this rainbow in today’s’ church life?
- As a review of previous messages, how can we say that the four living creatures are a corporate expression of Christ? What is the Biblical basis of such a statement?
- What does the high and dreadful wheels at the side of the faces of the four living creatures signify? And what does a church that has a great wheel at its side look like?
- What is the significance of the wheel within a wheel, and how does this relate to James 5:17? Also how does this relate to the wheel following the four living creatures and the Spirit being within the wheels1?
- What is the significance of “a clear sky, expanding and stable”? How do we keep this “clear sky”?
- What are the two ”voices” and what are the scenes when there is the “voice”? How is this related to coordination?
- [Extra, always good to review] Briefly explain the requirements of the clear sky and voice/sound.
- How are the wings of the four living creatures related to the gold of the forty-eight boards of the tabernacle?
- The four living creatures did not turn as they moved. What does this signify? And what does this mean for our coordination in the church life?
- List seven issues (or results) of coordination and consider the Biblical basis of this interpretation from Ezekiel 1.
- What is the desire of God’s heart and the purpose that God wants to accomplish as revealed in Ezekiel 1?
- List three reasons of the existence of the four living creatures.
- What are the five points that we need consider regarding coordination? Elaborate on any two of the five points.
- What does it mean to say that the four living creatures are the corporate expression of the man on the throne? What is the Biblical basis of such a statement?
- What are the four faces of each of the four living creatures, and what do these signify?
- How do each of the four faces relate to the four gospels? Consider specific passages from the gospels that illustrate Christ as the reality of these four faces?
- What is the two-fold significance of the eagle’s wings? And what is the significance of the human hands of the four living creatures being under the eagle’s wings?
- How are the four characteristics of the hoofs of a calf related to our Christian walk?
- Briefly describe the prerequisites to the proper coordination.
- What are the significances of the wind, the cloud, the fire, and the electrum portrayed in Ezekiel 1:4?
- What are your spiritual experiences of the blowing wind, the covering cloud, the consuming fire and the glowing electrum? Do you experience a continual cycle involves these four matters?
- What do Ezekiel and Revelation have in common?
- Why is Ezekiel a miniature of the entire Bible?
- What is the significance of the date in Ezekiel 1:1-2?
- What are the are two rivers in the book of Ezekiel? How is this related to the condition of Christians today? Why is it important that Ezekiel was by the river of Chebar but not in this river?
- What kind of person can receive God’s visions?
- What are the conditions for seeing the visions? What is the significance of the sequence of the open heavens, the visions, the word of God, and the hand of God in Ezekiel 1:1-3?
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Update: Further details and application on germany2016.amanatrust.org.uk
On Friday afternoon, 25 December 2015, a special one-hour fellowship was given concerning the present move of the Lord to care for the refugees in Europe, especially those who have migrated into Germany, and to strengthen the Lord’s testimony in Germany.
Because of security considerations [e.g. safety of the refugees in the video], we have asked the leading ones in the churches to do their best to limit the viewing of this special fellowship to the churches and the saints in the Lord’s recovery. If you wish to watch or download the video, please fill up this online form to request access.
We may respond to the fellowship and participate in the Lord’s move by praying, giving and going. Please pray
- that the Lord will raise up the workers to be sent into this harvest;
- that the churches and saints in Germany would be encouraged and revived;
- that many Muslins and Europeans would receive the gospel and be brought into the church life;
- that the saints in the Lord’s recovery would lay hold of this development in the world situation for the building of God’s house.
For our going, especially for the seven 2-week gospel trips, and giving, please please refer to this handout (pdf) for additional details.
After the special fellowship on 25 December, further fellowship was given regarding the need to print more copies of the Recovery Version New Testament in German for free mass distribution among the German-speaking people. Those who wish to donate for that purpose should give to Living Stream Ministry according to the instructions in the handout.
Phil.4:17b … I seek the fruit which increases to your account.
2 Cor.9:6-7 But take note of this: He who sows sparingly shall also sparingly reap; and he who sows with blessings shall also with blessings reap; Each one as he has purposed in his heart, not out of sorrow or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
NorCal Work Fund (Sep. 2016 / May 2017)
|May 2017 update: our target for 2017 is 350K.
(Excerpt of the letter to the churches)
At this time, we will focus on the one-time goal of reaching $250,000 by the end of 2016. Then, starting in 2017, we would like to establish a more consistent ongoing support by monthly (or regular) pledging by churches and individual saints.
We trust that in opening this fund to the saints and the churches, the Lord will touch many saints “to support such ones that we may become fellow workers in the truth” (3 John 8).
To support the full-time serving ones in a new situation where local support is inadequate. Examples: workers at Sonoma State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chico, etc.
The Fund will be overseen by a group of mature serving brothers … All disbursements are to be considered under much prayer and fellowship, and agreed upon by unanimous decision.
Name of the account: NorCal Work Fund, to be handled practically as a special account opened under the auspices of the church in Berkeley. All disbursements are to come from the church in Berkeley special account as directed by the overseeing brothers.
Donations are welcome from both individuals and local churches. Pledges of one-time giving or periodic giving are both acceptable.
Electronic donations are now available, and up-to-date information concerning donations can be accessed from the NorCal Work Fund link at http://www.norcalchurches.
Giving to Support the Gospel Work in Europe (December 2015)
The gospel work in Europe, including the work among the refugees, is being carried out in a coordinated way through three main entities:
Churches and saints who desire to give to support the specific aspects of the work related to LSM, Rhema, and LME can use the following instructions (please designate each gift as indicated):
To give to LSM (designate your gift for “Refugee Language Work”)
1. By mail—make your check payable to Living Stream Ministry and mail to:
2. By bank wire—send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
3. By credit card—credit card donations can be made only by telephone, by calling (714) 991-4681.
To give to Rhema (designate your gift for “MyFreedom Project”)
1. By mail—make your check payable to “Rhema” and mail to:
To give to LME (designate your gift for “European Gospel Work”)
In your Web browser go to www.lordsmove.org/offerings.html and follow instructions on how to give by mail, bank transfer, or online by credit card or ACH transfer.
2016 Working Saints Retreat (11/4-11/6)
- Hymn 1
- Hymn 2
- Engaging Our Whole Being in the Word of God
- Verses and Ministry Portions on the Face of God
This year’s NorCal Working Saints Retreat will take place from Friday, November 4, through Lord’s Day, November 6, at the Redwood Christian Park (RCP) camp, located at 15000 Two Bar Road, Boulder Creek, California. As in previous years, Brother Minoru will join us for the retreat.
Registration for the retreat is now open. Saints can register online at the following page: http://youngworkingsaints.org/ events/norcal-working-saints-r etreat-2/ The registration deadline is Thursday, October 20. We encourage the saints to register early ahead of the deadline.
As a clarification, there are three main categories of registration—full-time, part-time, and day-time—with the corresponding fees for adults and children (ages 4 through 18):
- Full-time—staying both Friday and Saturday nights: Adults: $170 per person Children (ages 4–18): $40 per person
- Part-time—staying only one night (either Friday or Saturday night but not both): Adults: $120 per person Children (ages 4–18): $40 per person
- Day-time—coming during the day only with no overnight stay: Adults (Saturday Only): $40 per person Adults (Lord’s Day Only): $30 per person Children (ages 4–18): $20 per person
The registration is free for children ages 3 and younger.
We feel that the Lord truly used last year’s working saints retreat to speak a particular word to all the working saints in this region. We fully look forward to what the Lord will speak and do in this year’s retreat. As such, we hope that as many of the working saints as possible can do their best to make this year’s retreat and would not let the potential financial burden of registration fee hinder them from participating in the retreat. If there are some who have financial difficulty in paying for the registration fee, we encourage them to fellowship with the leading brothers in their respective localities.
The registration website also provides the option for working saints to make an offering to cover the registration fees of some needy saints who may not have the financial means to do so. We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for us all to participate in the grace of material offerings as both a sweet-smelling savor to God and a fellowship in the Body.
Finally, we ask all the saints to pray much for this year’s retreat, that the Lord may prepare the working saints to receive His timely speaking for His move in Northern California.
The coordinating brothers
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