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January 26, 2024

Read to Read …Again

Daily Reading:  Exodus 25-27

 

Exodus 25:9

According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

 

Moses is on Mount Sinai for forty days and nights wherein he receives from God the Law and the pattern for a sanctuary. We commonly call that sanctuary the Tabernacle in the wilderness. While reading this portion of Scripture it is difficult to picture the structure and all the images or drawings of it are copyrighted so they cannot be used in this format. Perhaps the basic description below may help.

 

This structure was constructed of gold, silver, bronze, acacia wood, and onyx stones. It was rectangular being approximately 150 ft long and 75 ft wide, the sides (curtains) were 7.5 ft high. The tabernacle had three sections: the outer court, the inner court called the Holy Place, and then the Holy of Holies. The tent within the outer court was about 45 ft long, 15 ft wide, and 15 ft high. This tent had a divider which was a thick veil or curtain. In the holiest place was placed the Ark of the Covenant. In the holy place (the inner court) was the Altar of Incense, the table of Shewbread, and the lampstand. There was only one entrance into the holy place and one entrance from the holy place into the Holiest place. Outside of this tent, in the outer court, was the Laver and the Altar. There was also only one gate into the outer court. So, entering into the outer court, going in from the east moving to the west would be first the Altar, Laver, the Holy place, and then the Holy of Holies. Always in this order.

 

I hope this helps you picture it, but there is something more practical to understand from the construction of the Tabernacle. Notice in today’s verse three things are noted. One is that God gave Moses the pattern, two, God told Moses …even so shall ye make it. But in verse 8, it is recorded And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. On one hand God tells Moses to make it, on the other hand God tells Moses to let them make it. This is how it is with godly leadership. God tells the leader, gives them the plan, then the leader enlists others to carry out the plan, to do the work. All according to the exact plan given by God. In fact, in the three chapters we read today, 48 times God said to Moses “thou shalt” in regard to making the Sanctuary. Only three times is the word “they” or “them” used in the context of the people building it (25:8,10 and 27:8). 

 

Consider 27:8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it. Moses was to take the plans to the people of Israel, and they were to make the sanctuary according to the plans. He was the one to make sure it was all done according to God’s plan. He was responsible, but others did the work. Today, God still works through godly leaders. For example He gives the pastor the vision for the church, the philosophy of ministry, the details of the building, and the vision for the various ministries; then the pastor gives those plans to others to carry them out. All according to God’s plan as given to the pastor. This is Christian leadership 101. God always moves through leadership. Simple and basic yes, but rebelled against all the time by those who, well, those who take it upon themselves to know more or better than God’s chosen leader. As we will learn over and over as we read about the wilderness wanderings of Israel. God help the one who comes to believe that they know more, or better, than the God led man of God. After all…as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it. In this usage of the words, “thee” and “they” are a powerful combination.  May both do their part faithfully.

 

William T. Howe Ph.D.

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