The Children of Israel had been miraculously delivered from Egyptian bondage. They had personally experienced the crossing of the Red Sea as well as many other of God's direct interventions in their lives. At Sinai, they heard the very voice of God as He clearly spoke His commandments. Later "Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying . . . And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle . . . even so shall ye make it." Exodus 24:18, 25:1, 8, 9.