Archive for August 14th, 2014

Exodus 25

Exodus 25 has Moses getting some instruction from God.  This chapter gets into the nitty gritty details of what God wanted created for the relationship He would have with the children of Israel.  He begins by telling Moses to ask the people to give: “From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me”.  God is setting the expectations for people to give back to Him from their blessing.  He asks for a pretty long list of items:

  •  “Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • blue and purple and scarlet yarns
  • fine twined linen
  • goats’ hair
  • tanned rams’ skins
  • goatskins
  • acacia wood
  • oil for the lamps
  • spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense
  • onyx stones
  • stones for setting

God tells Moses to use all those items to make the following for Him:

  • a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst
  • an ark
  • a mercy seat
  • cherubim
  • a table
  • plates and dishes
  • flagons and bowls
  • a lampstand
  • seven lamps

There is a pretty specific list that Moses is to lead the people to create to satisfy God.

So why the fire drill here?  What is the purpose of all this?  God has some specifics.  He wants to dwell with them and needs a place to identify with.  The temple sanctuary gives Him that.  He also instructs Moses to “put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you” as a holding place and way to transport it.  God has some specific reasons for these very detailed requests.

But the biggest seems to be that “There I will meet with you….I will speak with you”.  God wants to interact with His people and have a place to do so.  He wants to be able to meet with them and be in relationship with them.  God desires the same for you and me.  He desires a relationship.  He wants to be in our presence and have us know Him as God.  The real question is – are we doing that?  Do we use our time to get closer to Him or spend it on our own selfish desires and wishes?  How are you doing in your walk?

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