Reading Exodus – Chapters 29 to 33

Read one chapter each day. Understanding the symbolism is important to relate to these chapters.


Chapter 29

  • Exo 29:1-46 – Consecration of the Priests


  1. How does the consecration of the Priests apply to the New Testament?
  2. What was the purpose of the different offerings required for consecration?
  3. What were the steps involved in performing the offerings?
  4. Relate these ceremonial activities to our New Testament experience.

Chapter 30

  • Exo 30:1-10 – The Altar for the burning of incense
  • Exo 30:11-16 – The Ransom Money
  • Exo 30:17-21 – The Bronze Basin
  • Exo 30:22-33 – The Anointing Oil
  • Exo 30:34-38 – The Incense


All the parts and implements of the tabernacle had a precise purpose. Even the material, color and size had a meaning. God is a God that plans the most minute details.

  1. Can we understand  all the meanings?
  2. Did the Old Testament believers understand them?
  3. How far should we go in trying to understand?
  4. Was there a purpose or impact behind the symbolism?

Chapter 31

  • Exo 31:1-11 – The anointed craftsmen
  • Exo 31:12-18 – The day of the Sabbath


  1. What do you think is the relationship between God, Creativity and Art?
  2. What was the purpose of the Sabbath?
  3. What did Jesus say about the Sabbath?
  4. Should we observe the Sabbath?

Chapter 32

  • Exo 32:1-10 – The apostasy of the golden calf
  • Exo 32:11-16 – Moses intercedes for the people
  • Exo 32:17-30 – The purging of sinners
  • Exo 32:31-35 – Moses intercedes with the Lord


  1. How could the children of Israel and Aaron fall in this apostasy?
  2. What can we learn from Moses’ intercession?
  3. What can we learn from the purging of sinners?

Chapter 33

  • Exo 33:11-6 – The covenant restored
  • Exo 33:7-11 – The Tent of Meeting
  • Exo 33:12-23 – The Glory of the Lord


  1. How was the covenant restored?
  2. How does the Tent Meeting relate to the New Testament and to us?
  3. Is there a difference in the manifestation of the Glory of God in the Old and New Testament?

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About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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15 Responses to Reading Exodus – Chapters 29 to 33

  1. Charlette says:

    Amen, water, blood and oil, have always being elements for sancification. When they opened Jesus side to see if he was dead, water and blood came out to sanctify us…sinners. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice: You deserve worship everyday, morning and evening as the lamb sacrifices were to be offered forever. What a picture!

  2. PeterCard says:

    Something happened to me this morning as Read Exodus 29. From the start to the end I wept. It took me a long time to finish it. Waves of Gods love for us and how he wants to show us how we can commune with him. With each wave of his love I wept with gratitude and thanks giving. Exo 29:42,43 brought joy to my heart. Then scriptures came to me. Rom 12:1-2, Eph 4:22-24.

  3. CathyH says:

    Aaron and his descendants had to go through many detailed ceremonies and ordances to be consecrated before God. They obeyed the Lord without knowing the Holy Spirit personally. How much more does the Blood of Jesus cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thanks be to God for His precious gift!

  4. Robyn says:

    WOW! I am so grateful that access to God and His Love is so much easier – made possible by the blood of Jesus. I assume the reason this cermony was so intricate is because this is what the Israelites could understand at the time?

  5. Charlette says:

    Exodus 30 God is Holy and we need to sanctify ourself before getting into his presence. The altar for burning incense represent here (I think) our worship we offer to God from the botom of our heart and he can’t take pleasure on it if we live and enjoy our sinful lives because in Matthew 5:48 it is written “You must be perfect;just as your father in heaven is perfect.” Thank you Jesus because your blood shed at the cross gives us the privilege to come to the Father, justified and filled by the Holy Spirit.

  6. RitaC says:

    Praise the Lord that we no longer have to go through all these rituals, Jesus, our ransom and sacrificial lamb did it all for us!
    It occurs to me as I read through Exodus that God loves us so much! He plans everything down to the very last detail-nothing is half measured and it is always the very best. Always for our benefit.

    • Pastor Maurizio Pastor Maurizio says:

      We can see how much better is the New Covenant. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice can do more than all these ceremonial activities could do.

      No matter how much care they took, their efforts were unable to cleanse them as much as Jesus’ work on the cross. Their yoke was heavy. Jesus’ yoke is light. Their ceremonies could not change the heart. Trusting in Jesus cleanses us, but also changes us.

      Praise God!

  7. GraceCN says:

    1.How could the children of Israel and Aaron fall in this apostasy?

    When the Israelites saw it was taking Moses time to come down from the mountain they decided to make their own God who would lead them, Exodus 32:1. I believe the Israelites trusted in their own solutions. They did not want to be lead by Moses and did not trust him. They did not believe he was the one who would lead them to the promised land. Even if a golden object could not speak to them or provide any guidance, this was their solution. A clear act of rebellion and pride. We often fall into this same behaviour when we see God doesn`t seem to be doing anything. We take matters into our own hands instead of trusting him. Our solution seem right to us but only lead to destruction. Proverbs 14:12
    Aaron was in charge and wanted to please the people. He was not strong enough to stand for the Lord. He instead chose not to of go against their wishes. He would have been very unpopular had he done otherwise. Exodus 32:2. He built an altar for the idol but proclaimed a feast to the Lord. Sacrificing to this idol while thinking he could worship or please God shows his lack of understanding. I think we sometimes do the same. We know we have the Lord but also have idols that we Do recognize and have created ourselves. We are not willing to give them up and completely trust God. The more we spend time in the word to renew our minds the more we are able to trust Him. This is my experience. Praise the Lord.
    God is a merciful God and understands our weaknesses. Moses interceded for the Israelites and they were spared. He sent Jesus so all who believe could have eternal life.

    • Pastor Maurizio Pastor Maurizio says:

      Aaron had seen so powerful miracles of God done through Moses that it is hard to understand how he could be moved so easily.

      This shows a lack of character strength. As you said he cared more about being accepted and popular that doing what was right before God. His heart was not changed enough.

      This is strange considering the position he had been given and can come from two possible sources:
      1. His experience with God had been more that of a spectator than a personal experience.
      2. His need to please people was a very strong bondage in his life.

      This show us that
      1. We need to we have a powerful personal experience of God’s power. That means that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and the manifestation of the gifts in our life is not optional for believers. After all Jesus said that (Acts 1:8).
      2. We must overcome our need to please people if we want to serve God.
      3. The fact that a person is placed in a position of authority or has an anointing does not automatically develop his character. This is something he must develop by being open to God’s Word and His power. (Mt 22:29)

  8. Robyn says:

    In Exodus 32, I couldn’t help but notice how Moses begged God to forgive their sin, yet he was full of rage and vengence when actually confronted with the Israelites’ sinful worship. I wonder if this is why God wouldn’t allow Moses to set foot on the promised land? Anyway, Moses’ actions show that forgiveness is a process. And the closer we are to a bad situation, the more it affects us – if we don’t allow the Holy Trinity to work in us.

    • Pastor Maurizio Pastor Maurizio says:

      It was not Moses anger but his lack of faith that resulted in his inability to enter the Promised Land. See Numbers 20:6-12 and Deuteronomy 34:2-5

      Aaron died before entering the Promised Land because he took part in the rebellion. Numbers 20:12, 24-28

      This was the covenant of the Old Testament. Praise God that the New Covenant is different.

      Unfortunately many believers, even today, do not know the difference and are still living under the curse of the Law of the Old Testament. But Jesus came to set us free from the curse of the Law (Gal 3:13).

  9. Robyn says:

    Regarding QUESTION 2, it seems the Israelites felt abandoned and fell back to old ways when Moses was on the mountain so long. Like some of Jesus’ diciples did after He was crucified – went back to fishing. The Israelites’ walk in the wilderness was a spiritual purification process made difficult by their stubborness, impatience, and pride.

    • Pastor Maurizio Pastor Maurizio says:

      Please, see Grace’s comments.

      I believe that the disciples went fishing because they needed to eat. That was what they did, and Jesus helped them.

  10. MariaM says:

    2.What can we learn from Moses’ intercession? God struck me was God’s mercy. He could have done what He said He was going to do but He didn’t because Moses prayed. The Israelites still did get punished but his prayer spared them destruction. We need to take the time to pray no matter what it looks like because “the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” This is a great witness to that!
    I was so surprised and disappointed at Aaron’s actions…he caved in too easily. Like pastor said it is a personal experience with God that makes us strong. We need that connection all the time!

  11. CathyH says:

    In Exodus 33 I was intrigued that Moses was so confident and bold to ask that God’s presence go with them to distinguish them from others, as well as to ask God to show him His glory. Maybe its the translation but it almost seems as if he is challenging God.
    Did anyone else get this impression? Are we to have this extreme confidence? I’m not there yet! Praise the Lord that I’ll get there.

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