Have you ever put together an airplane model, a bicycle, or a model doll house? The object usually comes with directions. When we are reading the directions on how to put it together it all seems confusing. Sometimes we don’t even look at the manual! But the directions are a guide, to help us complete the object that we are trying to build. Remember putting the last piece together and feeling accomplished because you actually did something. Well following directions helps make the process smoother and saves you from starting over or wasting time. Let’s see what God’s directions are showing us today….
1“Make the Tabernacle from ten curtains of finely woven linen. Decorate the curtains with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and with skillfully embroidered cherubim. 2These ten curtains must all be exactly the same size—4 2 feet long and 6 feet wide. 3Join five of these curtains together to make one long curtain, then join the other five into a second long curtain. 4Put loops of blue yarn along the edge of the last curtain in each set. 5The fifty loops along the edge of one curtain are to match the fifty loops along the edge of the other curtain. 6Then make fifty gold clasps and fasten the long curtains together with the clasps. In this way, the Tabernacle will be made of one continuous piece.
7“Make eleven curtains of goat-hair cloth to serve as a tent covering for the Tabernacle. 8These eleven curtains must all be exactly the same size—45 feet long and 6 feet wide. 9Join five of these curtains together to make one long curtain, and join the other six into a second long curtain. Allow 3 feet of material from the second set of curtains to hang over the front of the sacred tent. 10Make fifty loops for one edge of each large curtain. 11Then make fifty bronze clasps, and fasten the loops of the long curtains with the clasps. In this way, the tent covering will be made of one continuous piece. 12The remaining 3 feet of this tent covering will be left to hang over the back of the Tabernacle.13Allow 18 inches of remaining material to hang down over each side, so the Tabernacle is completely covered. 14Complete the tent covering with a protective layer of tanned ram skins and a layer of fine goatskin leather.
15“For the framework of the Tabernacle, construct frames of acacia wood. 16Each frame must be 15 feet high and 27 inches wide, 17with two pegs under each frame. Make all the frames identical. 18Make twenty of these frames to support the curtains on the south side of the Tabernacle. 19Also make forty silver bases—two bases under each frame, with the pegs fitting securely into the bases. 20For the north side of the Tabernacle, make another twenty frames, 21with their forty silver bases, two bases under each frame. 22Make six frames for the rear—the west side of the Tabernacle—23along with two additional frames to reinforce the rear corners of the Tabernacle. 24These corner frames will be matched at the bottom and firmly attached at the top with a single ring, forming a single corner unit. Make both of these corner units the same way. 25So there will be eight frames at the rear of the Tabernacle, set in sixteen silver bases—two bases under each frame.
26“Make crossbars of acacia wood to link the frames, five crossbars for the north side of the Tabernacle 27and five for the south side. Also make five crossbars for the rear of the Tabernacle, which will face west.28The middle crossbar, attached halfway up the frames, will run all the way from one end of the Tabernacle to the other. 29Overlay the frames with gold, and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Overlay the crossbars with gold as well.
30“Set up this Tabernacle according to the pattern you were shown on the mountain.
31“For the inside of the Tabernacle, make a special curtain of finely woven linen. Decorate it with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and with skillfully embroidered cherubim. 32Hang this curtain on gold hooks attached to four posts of acacia wood. Overlay the posts with gold, and set them in four silver bases. 33Hang the inner curtain from clasps, and put the Ark of the Covenant in the room behind it. This curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
34“Then put the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—on top of the Ark of the Covenant inside the Most Holy Place. 35Place the table outside the inner curtain on the north side of the Tabernacle, and place the lampstand across the room on the south side.
36“Make another curtain for the entrance to the sacred tent. Make it of finely woven linen and embroider it with exquisite designs, using blue, purple, and scarlet thread. 37Craft five posts from acacia wood. Overlay them with gold, and hang the curtain from them with gold hooks. Cast five bronze bases for the posts.
Could you imagine this structure? My friend and I had to build our own sanctuary model when we read this so that we could better understand these chapters. I encourage you to do further study on this topic and even Google “Jewish Tabernacle” and find images of what this looks like. It may help you to see a physical model of what we are reading so that you can understand it too. This was the place God chose to dwell in! He had special instructions on how to build it because He needed a Holy place to reside in. It was time that the presence of God was going to come down and dwell among His people.
Notice that the precise details about the Sanctuary indicate something about worship. Do you think God cares how we worship Him? In this chapter, we can assume that god is giving al these specific details to show us the importance of the way we worship. When we come to worship, our focus should not be on ourselves, but on Him. When we are in His presence, we enter in our best clothing, in an attitude of reverence, and in spirit of repentance. It may seem awkward, but when you understand that this is not any celebrity and realize you are in the presence of God of the Universe we tend to get a better understanding of who we are in His presence. Nowadays our worship time is spent focused on how we feel or what we can get out of worship. Therefore, the worship experience has been completely fulfilled with true devotion. Sometimes how comfortable we feel is more important that the way God wants us to worship. In the book of Exodus we are told how important and serious worship to God really is as the Sanctuary is being built. Notice that the worship we are reading about is completely centered on God. When we approach Him for worship do we come clean, wearing our best, and worship Him in honor and in truth? The sanctuary was to be a teaching lesson for Israel as the salvation acts of God were revealed to them. Not only did it help them, but today we are blessed with instruction on how to worship God and we also understand God’s plan of salvation for us in the symbols found in the Sanctuary.
Today, God wants to make our hearts pure so that He can dwell within us. His Holy Spirit can fill us up if we come clean to him about our sins. Take time to adjust the details in your life, details are important to God and to His Worship services.
May God Bless you today.
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