February 12 | The Tabernacle and the Golden Calf

Today’s Reading:

Read Exodus 29-32

As God established a system for the Israelites to draw near to him, he gave specific instructions for the tabernacle.  A place where He would dwell and a place for the priests to offer sacrifices. 

Exodus 29:43-46 tells us exactly how God wanted the tabernacle to be built. 

I will also meet with the Israelites there, and that place will be consecrated by my glory. 44 I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar; I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. 45 I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. 46 And they will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God. 

God was clear with Moses as to what the purpose of the tabernacle would be.  Unfortunately, as Moses left the top of Mt. Sinai where he had been hearing from God, he found the Israelites forgetting that God was the one who brought them out of Egypt, and they were worshiping a golden calf.  They had decided that Moses had been on the mountain too long and they weren’t sure he was returning so they decided to create another god to worship instead of the one TRUE God who was meeting with Moses. 

Isn’t it sad how quickly the Israelites forgot all that God had done for them? 


Before you read today’s devotion, put out a plate of cookies or a special treat for your family to enjoyExplain that the treat will be enjoyed when the devotional time is over for the dayWhen you finish reading for today, talk about having to wait for the treatWas it hard to waitDid you trust that you would get the treat when the devotions were doneTake time to thank God for HIS TIMING and for the fact that we can trust Him.

February Memory Verse:

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

February Memory Verse

february memory verse song

February memory verse coloring sheet

february Fill-in the blank activity

february calendar