Exodus 39:1,7,21,31,42,43 From the blue, purple and scarlet yarn they made woven garments for ministering in the sanctuary. They also made sacred garments for Aaron, as the LORD commanded Moses... Then they fastened them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel, as the LORD commanded Moses... They tied the rings of the breastpiece to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband so that the breastpiece would not swing out from the ephod—as the LORD commanded Moses... Then they fastened a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban, as the LORD commanded Moses... The Israelites had done all the work just as the LORD had commanded Moses. Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.
As I read this passage I initially was lost in all the beautiful detail of the work of the craftsmen and I wondered what God had in store for us today.
Like many things in life, sometimes it takes a few attempts to understand and so I did. Reading scripture in a hurry never seems to bear fruit and so today as I re-read the passage, God's word spoke to me.
What could God want to speak to us by repeating what He spoke to us a few weeks ago when He described these very same elements?
God knows how quick we are to forget and how slow we are at learning, specially when it comes to lessons of life that He instructs us.
We are often in need and seek God's help and when we receive help, we move on to our next needs and soon forget the last one and its deliverance. In so doing, we also forget God's faithfulness and graciousness to us.
Scripture repeats itself as we have seen from the book of Genesis onwards and God's chosen people choose to reflect on God's works, promises and deliverance to better appreciate who God truly is to them.
Several chapters ago, God instructed Moses the details of what He wanted His dwelling place, the tabernacle, to look like. Moses in turn shared these details with the Israelites and specifically with the men ordained to build the tabernacle and everything associated with it.
The craftsmen, filled with the Holy Spirit, built everything as per spec and presented it to Moses for final approval and he was pleased because what was before him was what God had instructed him to produce.
This is a great lesson in listening to the voice of God and obeying it to the T. God desires for us to simply obey Him for He is the one who sees the future and crafted our past and present and He is the one who will bring His kingdom to fruition.
As we study God's word, we can see great brokenness of man but we can also clearly see the great faithfulness of God and it is amazing how much grace God shows us humans even though we live in our crooked ways.
When God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to us, it was not just to show us the person of God but through Christ, God provided us an access back to Him.
Christ is the bridge that God made far more perfectly than the tabernacle made by human hands, and through Christ we have the perfect and only hope that nothing else or no one else can ever provide.
Today we are called as God's children to a relationship with Jesus Christ in order to commune with God once again. Through this relationship, God dwells in us because He deposits in us the Holy Spirit that is God's own spirit.
The Holy Spirit resides in us, instructs and directs us and leads us to a closer and more meaningful relationship with the person of Christ.
Are you still gazing at the man-made beauty of the temples of God or are you the dwelling place for the spirit of God and living a life transformed by Jesus Christ?
In His Loving Service,
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV, ©2011)
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