Exodus 26:1,15-17,26,30,36 “Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman... “Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle. Each frame is to be ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wide, with two projections set parallel to each other. Make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way... “Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle,.. “Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain... “For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer.
This is a detailed schematic of what God wanted His resting place to look like. We can see through it the precision of God's planning and knowing that this plan was fulfilled, we can admire God's confidence in His people to provide everything needed to accomplish His request.
It is easy for us to lose interest in reading these chapters as they seem to contain no real significance to us today or is there something that God wants to reveal to us through it today?
As we read the chapter, we wonder what the tabernacle really is. Is it the ark of the testimony, the table of the bread of presence, the lamp stands, the tent, the curtains?
The tabernacle consists of 3 parts: the tabernacle (that includes all three objects mentioned above), the tent and its covering. The Hebrew languages permits the fuller meaning of the tabernacle to be explained as compared to the English and therefore we see it as one-dimensional whereas they see it from multiple dimensions.
When the definite article accompanies the Hebrew word, we know that the dwelling-place of Yahweh is denoted. In verse 1, the definite article does not accompany the tabernacle and therefore it could mean the cloth of the tabernacle with its woodwork (Strict sense) or tabernacle cloth (narrower sense) or tabernacle with its tent and covering (Broad sense).
As we progress ahead, we will see that reference to the tabernacle meant the tabernacle, the tent and its covering in Exodus 35, 39, 40 and Numbers 3.
Is that what God purposed us to learn today? Maybe but I believe there is much more in the detail that shows us God's character.
We often admire science and scientists for all they have learnt and used to create new things. From simple gadgets like watches that record time to complex computing devices, we are constantly trying to keep up with technology and its accomplishments.
If in the same way we are able to give God credit for our own beings, would we not be blown away by His design? The human body is so complex that after thousands of years, we as a civilization still have not understood it's workings fully and at best we work with what we have understood and can control.
When I see God's direction to Moses regarding the tabernacle, I can see the same God who created me with utmost detail. This same God created not just you and me but the entire universe and has perfect control over it.
God has given us dominion over His perfect creation in order that we might give Him the glory but instead we live as though what we have is ours to keep and use and therefore we live with the consequences of our actions.
Are you still convinced that you are a product of chance plus matter plus time and the purveyor of your own destiny or do you see God's sovereign hand over all eternity?
If you have never known this great God who went to the extent of spending a week with Moses on the mountaintop to explain the finer details of His resting place, I invite you to call on His son Jesus Christ today and ask Him to reveal Himself to you that you might see with new eyes.
If you are a child of God and often wonder if God cares about the little details, I hope today you have seen with me the extent to which God cares about every minuscule thing and all for the purpose of His own glory?
In His Loving Service,
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