Exodus 26:1-27:21; Matthew 25:1-30; Psalm 31:1-8; Proverbs 8:1-11
It was God’s idea from the start–the idea of a moveable, transportable “house” for Himself–a place where His Glory would reside–where the Israelites could go to be nearer to Him.
Up to this point God’s presence manifested itself as a ring of fire encircling a mountain top with thunder and quaking. Only Moses could be up there with God-high above the plain and the people below.
It was God’s idea to come down to where the people were. To make certain they would know He was a God to be feared and revered He commanded that a beautiful and ornate tabernacle to be constructed.
Remember the plunder from the Egyptians–all of the gold jewelry, precious stones, rich fabrics and linens, and other goods that the Israelites carried out of Egypt?
God had plans for this plunder!
Moses was given the blueprint while face to face with the Master Architect on the mountain. Inspired craftsmen would sculpt, weave, embroider, hammer every detailed article for God’s dwelling.
Reminds me a bit of Christmas–not the glitter or glamor–but that God came down to the plain. He left the glories of Heaven to come us as a baby boy–someone like you and me that we could gaze upon without fear.
Immanuel–God with us!
Lord God, we thank you for making it possible for us to be near you without fear. Just as the Tabernacle contained your Glory, Jesus’ body contained Heavenly Glory.
What a miracle!
What Divine planning!
As believers, we acknowledge that we are under construction, made for your purpose. “For we are the temple of the living God.” Lord, you tell us, “I will live with them and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”. Thank you for living in our hearts through faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.