Today's first reading describes the beginning of God's instructions for constructing the Tabernacle, the large tent complex where the people will gather to worship God. In particular, it describes the most important item that will be kept in the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant.
The second selection tells how the Tabernacle was first erected and how the presence of God, in the form of a cloud, descended upon it.
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Exodus 33-40 today.