• Kori Haring

FOR KIDS: (May 2-8) Exodus 35-40, Leviticus 1, 16, 19 "Tabernacle Symbolism"

This week we learn all about how the Children of Israel built the Tabernacle. The Lord commanded Moses in great detail about how to build this holy place. All throughout the Law of Moses the Lord points us to the Savior and the Atonement in all of the details.

Point out the various parts of the Tabernacle and then talk about the symbolism behind them:

  • The burnt sacrifices of an unblemished animal represent the need for sacrifice and points towards the sacrifice of the perfect Savior.

  • The Laver was a place that you had to wash before being able to enter into the Holy Place, which points us towards baptism and the need to repent and be clean.

  • The smoke from the incense represents our prayers going up to our Heavenly Father.

  • The three different areas of the Tabernacle represent the various Kingdoms of Heaven (Telestial, Terrestrial, and Celestial) with increasing requirements to enter each area.

Talk about how today we have temples as a place to help us become more holy and enter His presence. If you can, visit a temple, or look at pictures of temples.

Optional Activity: When Moses told the Children of Israel about what the Lord commanded them to offer and build they were told to only do so if they had a willing heart. They sacrificed and worked willingly and the Lord blessed them. Talk about the importance of our softened hearts as we follow the Lord’s commandments.


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