Making the Tabernacle

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Exodus 36, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once upon a time, Moses was building a special place called the sanctuary to worship and honor God. God gave some people special skills to make things beautifully. These people were named Bezalel, Oholiab, and other skilled craftsmen.

Moses asked them to help build the sanctuary using all the special things the people of Israel gave as offerings. The people kept bringing offerings every day, but they eventually had enough.

The craftsmen made ten beautiful curtains for the sanctuary. Each curtain was made of fine twined linen and had blue, purple, and scarlet colors with special designs of cherubim. The curtains were all the same size and were joined together with gold clasps.

They also made a tent over the sanctuary with eleven curtains made of goats’ hair. These curtains were also all the same size and were joined together with bronze clasps. The tent was covered with tanned rams’ skins and goatskins.

They made the frames of the sanctuary with acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. They also made bars of acacia wood to hold the frames together.

A veil was made with blue, purple, and scarlet colors and fine twined linen, with designs of cherubim. Four pillars were made to hold the veil, and they were covered in gold. They also made a special screen with beautiful designs for the entrance to the sanctuary.

The people of Israel gave generously to build the sanctuary, and God blessed the skilled craftsmen with the ability to create beautiful things.

Biblical Lessons

  • God gives us special skills and abilities to do good things.
  • We should use our skills to honor and worship God.
  • Giving generously to God’s work can bless others and ourselves.

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The Ten Commandments

The Golden Calf

The Exodus

Crossing the Red Sea

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