Once Moses got settled in on Mount Sinai, he and God began the work of making practical this unique and personal relationship he was to have with this, His people. He wanted to have a place they would know he inhabited–something real and something physical that they could see as they continued to be set apart from the rest of the world. God planned it down to the most intricate details. Size, shape, materials and accessories were all carefully laid out to assure that the people treated it and him with reverence and awe. They needed to remember the God that loved them with such intensity was more than a source for need redemption and repository for complaints—he was–and is the creator, master and savior of the world.
God needed his people to stop seeing themselves as slaves, and start seeing themselves as a kingdom of priests called to honor God and reunite the world to him. In order for them to effectively complete that task, He would need to be close and be treated with humility and respect—this tabernacle allowed that to happen.
In our world, that tabernacle is us. We are the place that God dwells. Knowing that, we should be thrilled to know he sees us as in the same light as the tabernacle. Carefully made and beautifully adorned to remind us and the world he chooses to dwell among us. Like Israel, we are to draw the world back into a relationship with him. In order for that to happen, we must stand out as a beautiful representation of his glory, grace and love. What an amazing call, what an amazing God.
God Bless You
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather[a]; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
10 “Have them make an ark[b] of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.[c] 11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. 16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.