It is Finished (Exodus 39:32-43)

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Finally, it is finished! The long journey to the making of the tabernacle had finally come to an end. All that was left was the presentation of the items to Moses, the project manager, for his inspection. Once this was done then the erection of the tabernacle could begin.

I can imagine that you may be tempted to breathe a sigh of relief as you think, “Finally! It is finished! No more long passages describing an ancient structure with ancient pieces of religious furniture and strange looking outfits.”

I confess that many a Monday I have sat at my desk, looked at the next passage in Exodus regarding the tabernacle, and secretly wondered, “What in the world am I going to say about this?” But even though it has been a long journey (commencing with Exodus 25), I believe that most of us would testify that it has been a good one. We have learned much about God, much about ourselves and much about our Saviour. After all, as He said, all of the Scriptures “testify of Me” (John 5:39, 46). I trust that this will again be our experience in this study.

Believer, one day your last appointed day will come (Psalm 139:16) and the Lord will say, “It is finished. Your time has come for Me to take you home and for you to present to Me your labours on My building, My temple, My church.” Yes, one day you will give an account for how you invested His resources (that is, the gifts He gave to you) in the building up (edifying) of His Church.

How will you fare on that day? How will your Mediator assess your labours? I trust that our Mediator will be able to respond to us as Israel’s mediator responded to their work: “And Moses blessed them” (v. 43).

It was my birthday recently, and I received several greetings from church members with the words of the Aaronic blessing, as recorded in Numbers 6:24-26:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

One of the questions that I have to ask when reading this pronouncement of blessing is, can God bless me? That is, am I so living that His countenance will be pleased to fall favourably upon me? You see, blessings in the Bible are, more times than not, conditional.

Consider, for instance, the blessings of the beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” “blessed are the meek,” etc. These are clearly conditional blessings. Without getting sidetracked in an important debate about conditional versus unconditional love, let us rather acknowledge the truth that some blessings are conditional. There are some situations in which, in order for us to experience God’s blessed approval, we must obey His prescribed rules. The passage before us is one such example.

Again, once the people had manufactured the items of and for the tabernacle, Moses pronounced a blessing on them (v. 43). As we will see below, this action on the part of Moses was a public affirmation of their work, and it was, of course, a public affirmation of God’s approval of their work.

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are called to the wonderful task of working with our Saviour as He builds the house of God, the temple of God, the Church of the living God, the pillar and the ground of the truth. And to the degree that we build “according to code,” to such a degree we will experience God’s approval, God’s approbation, God’s blessing. There can be no greater joy than to hear the words of our Lord saying one day to us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Lord.”

While sitting in my study recently, I received a call on my cell phone from my assistant. I thought it was odd when his number came on screen because his office is just down the hall from mine. When I answered, he said, “Doug, I think you’d better come across to the church. Travers is dead.”

Travers was a dear old saint in the church, who turned 80 this past December, and who was one of the most servant-hearted men I have known. He was a long-standing member of the church, and was always involved whenever there was building or maintenance work to be done around the building. Though he was, as I said, 80 years old and long retired, he loved being asked to help with maintenance work around the building.

The deacons had asked Travers to replace some cracked tiles at the church, and he was here one morning working on what he had been asked to do. As he knelt measuring the tiles, he evidently had a massive heart attack and keeled over. When his body was discovered he was already dead.

I received the phone call and immediately ran over to the church building. I saw Travers lying on the ground and it was immediately apparent that he was absent from the body and present with the Lord. But what struck me with immediate and potent force was the position in which he was lying.

There were several tiles in a small pile next to him with some blue markings on them to designate where they were to be cut. Travers’ right arm was raised up with the blue pencil (or pen) firmly grasped. He had obviously just marked the tiles. He died, quite literally, “on the job.” He died while busy working at the place where the people he loved so much gathered—his local church. He died serving! What a way to go. What a testimony. What a blessing.

Travers was blessed to be a blessing, and so it is with you and me. Travers was blessed by God with gifts that he used for God’s glory. He was not only a blessing to his family but also to his church family.

For Travers, Thursday morning around 10:30 was the time when His sovereign Saviour declared, “My son, it is finished; no more work on the temple below, come to worship in the temple above! Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

I trust that our study of this text will be used by God the Holy Spirit to prepare us for the day on which “it is finished” will be our blessed experience.

The Completion of the Work

“Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished. And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses; so they did” (v. 32).

If we will experience God’s blessing then we must be committed to completing the work which He has called us to do. And we must complete it in accordance with His prescriptive law-word.

In this verse we are told in no uncertain terms that “the work . . . was finished.” The word “finished” means, according to the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT), “to bring a process to completion.” Let’s briefly review this process.

First, the process began with revelation from God. The Lord revealed to Moses the plans for the tabernacle and Moses carefully and faithfully recorded them. At some point (after the golden calf incident) Moses, the faithful mediator, made these plans known to the people. Of course, you will remember that things looked pretty tenuous at this point with reference to Israel even having a relationship with the Lord. But the faithful mediator prevailed and things were now back on track. The tabernacle was to be built as evidence that their covenant keeping God would attend their ways.

Second, in response to this “gospel,” the people, having been commanded to bring an offering according to the willingness of their hearts, responded lavishly and the artisans had more than enough to complete the job.

Third, the work of manufacturing the items for the tabernacle commenced, with Bezalel and Aholiab overseeing that everything was made.

The process of manufacturing the tent of meeting, its furnishings and its courtyard items was completed. But there is something else in this text that we must pay attention to: “And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses; so they did.”

It should be noted at this point how the passage is bracketed by such terminology (see vv. 32 and 42). This is obviously purposeful to drive home the truth that everything about the worship of God was done according to God’s precise prescription. So it must always be.

It is not enough to merely have a set of approved building plans when building or renovating a house; these plans are meant to be followed. There are certainly times when a builder may have better insight than the one who drafted the plans (Travers often thought this!), but in this particular case the plans for God’s house were absolutely perfect and failure to follow their directions would result in complete failure of purpose. In fact, particularly with this particular project, it was a matter of public safety!

What particularly strikes me though is the word of commendation that begins the passage. As we will see, Moses will commend the people (v. 43) but even before he was given opportunity to inspect the product we are told that the completion of the work was in accordance with God’s prescription. How was it known that everything was completely done as prescribed? After all, it was not yet brought to Moses (v. 33). It would seem that this was the Lord’s comment on their obedience.

Even before the human leader gave his word of approval, we know that it was already acceptable to God. God approved. God was pleased. Let us learn from this that indeed God is watching us and His approval is to be our goal.

One of the things that will sap the life out of a believer in their participation in the building up of the Body is the malady of being a people-pleaser or an approval-junkie. We need to adopt the attitude of which Paul wrote in Colossians 3:23-24: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

All too often the fear of man brings its very snare at this point in local church life. We can become discouraged, or even bitter, because others do not notice our obedience and our faithfulness. But if this is our outlook then we need to honestly assess our motive as to why we are doing what we are doing. Pink captures this thought well when he writes, “If we desire God’s blessing, then His work must be done according to His appointments. . . . The approval of God, not that of his fellows, is what every servant of the Lord must continually aim at.”1

Believer, be careful in your obedience, do your work for the Lord in accordance with the Word of the Lord, and enjoy the approbation from the Lord.

The Inspection of the Work

In vv. 33-42 we have the record of Moses inspecting the work that had been completed.

And they brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent and all its furnishings: its clasps, its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets;  the covering of ram skins dyed red, the covering of badger skins, and the veil of the covering;  the ark of the Testimony with its poles, and the mercy seat; the table, all its utensils, and the showbread; the pure gold lampstand with its lamps (the lamps set in order), all its utensils, and the oil for light; the gold altar, the anointing oil, and the sweet incense; the screen for the tabernacle door; the bronze altar, its grate of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils; the laver with its base; the hangings of the court, its pillars and its sockets, the screen for the court gate, its cords, and its pegs; all the utensils for the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting; and the garments of ministry, to minister in the holy place: the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to minister as priests. According to all that the LORD had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work.

(Exodus 34:33-42)

It is one thing to say that we have completed the work that the Lord has called us to do; it is quite another for our claim to pass God’s infallible inspection. If we will hear, “Well done” from the lips of our Mediator then the work that we present to Him must pass His all-seeing inspection.

Having completed the work, the congregation then presented the product of their prescribed labour to Moses for final inspection. You could liken this scene to that of the building inspector coming to give his certificate of compliance if everything has been built according to code. It is for this reason that we have a listing of the items that have been manufactured. “All the items that were produced are listed one final time—that is to accentuate the fact of their manufacture, and that nothing else was constructed.”2

Even though Bezalel and Aholiab were the artisans in charge, they were in a sense subcontractors under chief builder Moses, who answered to the Chief Architect. Therefore Moses needed to inspect everything manufactured for compliance to God’s prescription. Again, it is to be noted that v. 42 seems, like v. 32, to be God’s confirmation of what they had manufactured. “The Lord had given the most minute instruction concerning the entire work of the tabernacle. Every pin, every socket, every loop, every tach, was accurately set forth. There was no room left for man’s expediency, his reason, or his common sense. Jehovah did not give a great outline and leave man to fill it up. He left no margin whatever in which man might enter his regulations.”3

And so it is with reference to temple life for the church of our day. As we labour on the house of the Lord we too need to do so with the mindset that what we are doing is being inspected. Jesus is called by Peter the “Shepherd” and “Overseer” of our souls. The word “Overseer” (or “Bishop”) has the root idea of “one who inspects.” It was lifted from the Roman political system of a city. Each city had at least one “bishop” who functioned as an inspector to make sure that things were done correctly and that the government operated in the most beneficial way. The bishop was a kind of ombudsman. Though the sense in which I am using the word is a bit different, it must be borne in mind that Jesus Christ will ultimately inspect our service in the building up of His church. He does so each day and He will do so on that great day.

As Jesus observes your labours He will inspect with reference to several things. For one thing, He will judge with reference to our motive. It is vital, as we have already touched on, that we examine why we are doing what we are doing. Further, do we truly desire to build His house or ours?

Jesus will also inspect the material that we use in the building of His house. I understand that, when Paul speaks of “gold, silver and precious stones,” he is speaking metaphorically in contrast it with “wood, hay and straw” (1 Corinthians 3:10-14). I want to be careful here. But clearly there is a legitimate application to be made that we had better only use God’s truth as the material in building His house. If we try and build His house with error, with sociological, man-centred techniques and methodologies, we will not receive the commendation that we have done according as God commanded. Rather our work will burn like a thatched house.

Finally, Jesus will also inspect the manner in which we seek to build His house. Doctrine is important. It should never and must never be minimised, but the manner in which we apply this doctrine is also important. After all, God has clearly mandated the spirit in which we apply truth as much as He has mandated the specifics of how to build. Let me give you an example.

Church discipline is a biblical specification that the household of God must obey. But we are not permitted to do so in a cavalier or calloused way. Our manner is as important as the mandate. We are to do so in a spirit of meekness and with a manner that displays the motive that we desire to win our brother or sister.

Sadly this is precisely where many go wrong. And the result is unnecessary pain and injured sheep. We must be aware that the Chief Shepherd of the sheep is inspecting our commitment to the mandate of church discipline and that He is at the same time inspecting the manner in which we carry it out. Guard your heart!

The Commendation of the Work

The closing verse of our text reads, “Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the LORD had commanded, just so they had done it. And Moses blessed them” (v. 43). This is the point to which we have been moving all along in our study.

The implementation of our work is to proceed to the completion of our work, guided by the reality of the inspection of our work, with the goal of the commendation of our work. This closing verse celebrates such a culmination. Let’s learn some very important truths from this with a view to practicing them.

This particular scene has been one to which I have given considerable thought recently. In some ways it is the focal point of this passage, and I trust that it will prove to be a particularly meaningful and life-altering truth for you as well. May the Lord here open our eyes that we might behold wonderful things out of His law!

Here we have the record of Moses commending the obedience of the congregation. He looked over their work and, having inspected it against the prescription of the Divine building code, he gave it the divine stamp of approval. The tabernacle had been manufactured in accordance with God’s blueprint. And the mediator was pleased.

Though we have already noted the words, “they had done it; as the Lord had commanded,” we need to pause and reflect for a moment on the context of these words—especially in the light of what had occurred over the months following the exodus. As we do so, the preciousness of these words will be seen in a deeper way.

First, note the parallels here with the creation account. This is actually quite fascinating. Many students of the Word have observed what appears to be a very deliberate literary parallel. Alan Cole notes, “There is probably a deliberate reminiscence of Genesis 1:31 here. Moses reviews the work: since it has been done in obedience to God’s commands, he recognizes it as good, and blesses it. In a sense, this is a new creation (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17), for worshipping Israel is born on this day.”4 And John Currid says, “The redemption of Israel and the construction of a tabernacle is a recreation account—that is, that God is among his people as he was in the beginning.”5

We should never lose sight of the biblical plotline. God is reconciling the world to Himself. This is precisely what He is doing today through the church.

Second, as we were reminded earlier, it was not all that long ago that God had threatened to turn these people over to His wrath and to start afresh with Moses and build a new nation.6 It was not that long ago when the whole concept of a tabernacle seemed to be up in the air, if not entirely shelved. And yet we have seen the Lord’s mercy in relenting of His just wrath in favour of favour!

The Lord reaffirmed His covenant with the people (through their mediator) and the evidence of their being in covenant relationship with them was the manufacturing of the tabernacle. Indeed, God would dwell with them. The holy God would dwell with sinful men!

Therefore the fact that this tabernacle had even been constructed is a miracle of mercy. It highlights for us the lovingkindness of the Lord. Praise the Lord that He is the God of second chances!

Third, they are precious words because these people, who—let’s face it—had not had the best testimony when it came to obedient faithfulness, were here commended for a very comprehensive obedience.

All the congregation participated in this project and their participation was in accordance with all that the Lord had commanded. You can’t get much more comprehensive than that! No wonder Moses blessed them!

That brings me to my fourth observation as to why these words are so heartening and encouraging. It will be helpful for us to understand what the word “blessed” means.

The Hebrew word translated “blessed” is found (with its derivatives) some 415 times in the Old Testament. It has a wide variety of usages, but its fundamental meaning is “to kneel,” in the sense of recognising greatness or achievement. As it is found in various stems, it means “to praise,” “to celebrate” or “to adore.” “To bless in the Old Testament means to ‘endue with power for success, prosperity, longevity’” (TWOT). It is frequently contrasted with the word which means “to esteem lightly” or “to curse.”

As it is used with reference to human relations, it often carries the idea of “a formalised means of expressing thanks and praise to a person because he has given out of the abundance of his life.” And yet even though the acknowledgement is manward, the fact remains that “the Old Testament sees God alone as the only source of blessing” (TWOT). In other words, to bless someone is oftentimes to express appreciation for them, but at the same time it is also to seek God’s favour on them. It recognises that the reason they are a blessing is because God has blessed them! Ryken sums this up well:

When work is done in God’s way, it always has God’s blessing. We can say God’s blessing because it really was his blessing that the people received. Moses was the one who pronounced the benediction, but he did it on God’s behalf. As the mediator, he spoke to the people for God. And when he saw that they had done everything right, he placed God’s seal of approval on their work. His blessing was more than a word of encouragement; it meant that the powerful grace of Almighty God would be with them for good.7

Therefore, when it comes to this verse in which “Moses blessed them” he was: (1) affirming that they were blessed by God; (2) affirming that they were a blessing of God; and (3) affirming that he desired further blessings on them from God.

Again, when you consider their recent history, this is a wonderful commendation of them as well as an affirmation of what God had done in them. What a blessing this blessing would have been to them!

If you had been in Moses’ sandals, what would have been your response? Perhaps I can ask this question: If you were in Moses’ sandals, would your sandals even be there? I must confess that I think that I would have been tempted on many occasions to take God up on His offer to start a new country!

But Moses, the meekest man on the earth (Numbers 12:3), would have none of it. Yes, there was much that he could have complained about—there was plenty of incentive to draft his letter of resignation—but he didn’t. Rather he, as a faithful mediator, stuck by the side of the people, and at the end of the day, while others may have hurled cursings, Moses heralded blessings. What a man of God! What a mediator! What a faithful minister of the covenant!

But before I apply this I want to bring your attention to another meaning of this word to which we can all relate.

Someone recently asked me how it was possible for us to “bless the Lord,” for it would seem that this would be a case of impossible impotence. After all, how can sinners give anything to “improve the situation” of God? Of course, we cannot. But to “bless” someone—including the Lord—is to “speak well of” them.

In the Greek version of the Old Testament (the Septuagint) the word translated “blessed” in this verse is the Greek word eulogia. The meaning of this term is “to speak well of.” In fact, you are familiar with this term because the word “eulogy” comes from it. In a eulogy, people speak well of their loved one who has died. It is in this sense that we can bless the Lord; that is, we can speak well of Him. Thus, when the text tells us that Moses “blessed them,” the idea is that he “spoke well of them.”

Yes, Moses spoke well of the children of Israel! And, unlike when we bless the Lord, I would maintain that, when Moses blessed them, he did improve their lot. And he did so in many ways.

First, no doubt, they were encouraged by this very public commendation. Calvin wrote with reference to this, “This . . . was not a simple prayer . . . of a private individual; but a promise of reward, such as might awaken confidence in the minds of the people, when they heard from the mouth of this excellent and unimpeachable witness that their labour was pleasing to God.”8

I can just imagine how they must have felt to have heard this man of God speak well of their efforts and the “success” of what they had made. In a proper way, they might have been sticking their chests out.

I would also suspect that this made them feel close to the one whom they had previously rejected. In fact, I would venture to say that this would have had a humbling effect on them. After all, having failed so dismally, there is every reason to conclude that they would have been greatly encouraged to have heard that they had done something so right!

I would imagine that most of us can relate to this situation. We have all felt the pain of failure—especially of spiritual failure—and we know the depth of sorrow that we carry because of this. And yet what a joy it is to be commended for doing something right; what a happiness to sense that we have grown some, that we have had a victory where otherwise we have experienced failure.

Consider the apostle Peter, who went from denying the Lord to declaring the Lord. (Consider how, in John 21, after the threefold denial, the Lord encouraged Peter three times to feed his sheep. Failure was not final!) Or consider the apostle Paul, who went from destroying Christians to planting Christian churches. John Mark was at one time of little use to Paul in the ministry (Acts 15:36-41), but later Paul considered him greatly beneficial (2 Timothy 4:11).

We can learn from this the blessing that a blessing can be! We should learn to look for that which we can commend in the lives of our fellow temple builders. When we observe that our brothers and sisters are building in accordance with God’s prescription as revealed in Scripture, then let us take the opportunity to bless them. And no doubt, in the vast majority of cases, the effect will be an improvement of their walk and service with and to the Lord.

Mark Twain once said “I can live two months on a compliment.” How many months have elapsed since some in your local church have received an encouraging word? Are there perhaps some who need a two-month injection? I fear that sometimes we are so fearful of promoting pride that we try and inoculate others from this malady by withholding blessings.

Everyone needs recognition for his accomplishments, but few people make the need known quite as clearly as the little boy who said to his father: “Let’s play darts. I’ll throw and you say ‘Wonderful!’” Paul frequently expressed blessings to his readers in his epistles, evidently unconcerned with the temptation that they might feel to pride!

There is an enormous power in the act of encouragement. I recently read a story—whether true or not, I do not know—that wonderfully illustrates the point.

One morning a man opened his front door to get the newspaper and was surprised to see a strange little dog with the paper in his mouth. Delighted with this unexpected delivery service, he fed the dog some treats. The following morning he was horrified to see the same dog sitting at the front door, wagging his tail, surrounded by eight newspapers!

When was the last time that you fed a fellow brother or sister in your church a “treat” to express your appreciation? Go ahead and take the risk of spoiling them! I am so happy that I can recall many occasions in which I did express gratitude to Travers for his ministry both to me personally as well as to our church corporately. Because of the way that he served the Lord, because of the way in which he used the gifts that God gave to him, we as a congregation can rightly “bless” him. That is, we can speak well of him. But I am also glad that I was able—as were others—to express this appreciation before “it was finished”! Whom do you need to bless?

Let me ask you a related question: Do you look for opportunities to bless your fellow church members? I fear (and I hope that I don’t sound like an old man) that there is a generation that has arisen that is very thoughtless with reference to the service of others. Such a disregard to bless others may lead to spiritual decline. If you don’t believe that, then read the words of Proverbs 30:11-15!

Some of you perhaps need to learn how to say thank you and to express appreciation to those who willingly—though doubtless imperfectly—serve you. When was the last time that you blessed your parents for raising you in accordance with Scripture? When was the last time you sent a note to bless someone who has invested time in helping you to know and to love Christ? When was the last time that you blessed your husband or your wife for striving to build their lives—and your home—in accordance with Scripture? Don’t be a leech, whose predominant characteristic is to demand, “Give, give!” Instead, be a lover whose predominant characteristic is, “Bless, bless!”

It is evident, not only from this passage but also from others (e.g. Romans 1:20ff; 2 Timothy 3:1-5), that if we do not bless God and others for the blessings we have received, that such blessings will actually morph into a curse!

The Anticipation of the Work

In closing, as we have seen in all our studies of the tabernacle, these words are ultimately not about Moses and the children of Israel, but rather about Christ and His church.

First, note how this applies to the church of Christ. Matthew Henry observes, “The tabernacle was a symbol of every real Christian. God dwelt within the sanctuary in the wilderness. He thus dwells within every renewed and believing heart.”9 The creation symbolism, observed briefly above, extends to the fact that, as God dwelt with His people in the garden in the beginning, so He now made it possible for Him to dwell with Israel at the tabernacle.

In the new covenant, we live in a new heaven and new earth. This is a reality now, although the full realisation of the reality is yet in our future.

There is coming a day in which our life on earth will be finished. Though we will worship and serve the Lord throughout eternity, our opportunity to worship Him by serving Him in the church is limited to this side of the grave. When the Lord says with reference to our lives, “It is finished,” will we have finished well? Not as well as we could, I am certain, and yet, because the Lord Jesus Christ has all power in heaven and earth, we know that one day His work of building His church will be finished—perfectly finished! Therefore, Christian, take heart. What Christ began He will perfectly complete. Even the gates of hell will not prevail for when Christ says, “It is finished,” it is indeed finished!

Second, of course, the main purpose of the tabernacle is to point us to Christ Himself. Just as there came a day in which Moses the mediator could say, “It is finished,” so there came a day on which the true Mediator could and would say, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He who came and tabernacled among us did so because the Divine work of redemption was to be finished. And finish it Christ did!

Let me draw some parallels with our passage.

First, for Jesus, there came a day when there was the completion of His work. Part of His work was to live in perfect accordance with the law of God so that all those for whom He dies could have His spotless righteousness posted to their account. The Lord Jesus’ life was indeed characterised by living in accordance with “all that the Lord had commanded Him.”

Second, for Jesus, there came a defining day when there was the inspection of His work. For 33 years the Lord Jesus presented Himself before the Father for inspection. Jesus was on display before a watching world, before a watching devil and, more importantly, before a watching throne in heaven. He was always under the holy scrutiny of the Father. The world could not find fault with Him10 and the devil could find no blemish in Him. But the final day of inspection under the gaze of the all-seeing Father happened when Christ hung on the cross. How would this inspection turn out?

Third, for Jesus there came the defining day when He received the Father’s all-important commendation of His work. On several occasions during His life the Father commended His Son with the declaration, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” But would He persevere to death?

On the cross our Lord cried out, “It is finished.” This was a bold declaration, but would it be justified? Indeed, three days later it was. The Father “blessed” Him when He raised Him from the dead (Romans 1:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 17:30-31). This was the ultimate blessing placed upon the Son who now forever reigns at the Father’s right hand.

Thank God that our Mediator passed the inspection, because we never could! But because He did, those who are in Him can take confidence as we hear His invitation, “Come, you blessed of the Father, and enter.” Or, in the words of the apostle Paul, all for whom Christ died are now blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, and because of this we say with Paul, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:3) who indeed has blessed us!

What is left is the anticipation of the completion of Jesus’ work—an absolutely holy, spotless, sinless temple, which He calls “the church.” That day will come. And we will rejoice forever in the fact that “it is finished.” Or will you?

Do the Lord’s words on cross apply to you? Did He accomplish your redemption? How can you know? By repenting and believing the gospel. Confess your sin and trust in Christ alone for your forgiveness; for your salvation from the wrath to come. Either you will believe Christ’s words—“It is finished”—or you will experience God’s judgement and you will be finished! Oh, friend, call upon the name of the Lord and be saved!

Show 10 footnotes

  1. Gleanings in Exodus (Chicago: Moody Press, 1981), 376.
  2. John D. Currid, Study Commentary on Exodus, 2 vols. (Darlington: Evangelical Press, 2001), 2:364.
  3. Pink, Gleanings in Exodus, 376.
  4. R. Alan Cole, Exodus: Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Leicester, Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), 238.
  5. Currid, Study Commentary on Exodus, 2:238.
  6. By the way, in the light of the Abrahamic covenant, this quite easily could have been done for Moses was of the seed of Abraham.
  7. Philip Graham Ryken, Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005), 1149.
  8. John Calvin, Calvin’s Commentaries, 22 vols. (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2005), 3.1:315.
  9. Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, 3 vols. (Nashville: Royal Publishers, 1979), 1:227.
  10. Even before a hostile watching world Jesus was inspected and His life was so pure and blameless that they had to make up false accusations in order to arrest Him!