Exodus 26

Exodus 26 is all about God’s detailed instructions for the tabernacle.  This chapter is all about the very specific measurements and placement of God’s dwelling place.  It is easy to ask why this matters.  It was long ago and really doesn’t seem to apply to us today.  But it does give us insight into a few things. One of our readers, Carl from NY, shared that it may be that “God wanted His people to be constantly thinking about Him in every aspect of their life. So, in order to follow these detailed instructions they had to always dwell or think about Him”.  That is a very likely thing.  God is all about us being in right relationship with Him.  But for that to happen, we have to focus a bit.  For many of us, the day to day chaos in life pulls us away.  Working on a very specific set of directions obediently would help keep people’s eyes on the Father.

God does care about the details.  Sometimes we think that He isn’t all that interested in the little things in our lives.  It doesn’t take very long reading this chapter to know that God cares about every little thing down to the smallest of all.  He is able, and does care, about the small things in your life and mine.  He is not overwhelmed by details – in fact He loves to know our heart and all things that we are dealing with every day.

God does want a place to engage with us.  The tabernacle is our meeting place with God.  It was where the people of God could meet with their God.  The tabernacle was a portable worship place similar to tents used for revival meetings sometimes today – or like we just experienced at our recent Weekend on the Farm event.  In fact the word itself means “tent sanctuary or temporary shelter”.  God’s instructions were detailed and this picture gives an overview of how He instructed it to be created.

The Holy of Holies was only entered once a year by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement.  That is when the blood of the lamb was poured out on the Mercy Seat after confession of all the sins of the people by the High Priest.  It was a very important part of their relationship with God.  It is easy to get lost in all the cubits and curtains and lampstands and numbers.  The key is to remember that God wants us to spend time with Him.  He wants us to worship and praise Him.  He wants a relationship with us – not because He needs us – but because He loves us and we need Him.  The tabernacle was simply a way for the people to be able to understand God and be a place for the priests to do their daily work of making offerings, sacrifices and prayers to God.  But it all matters and we need to make sure we are spending time with God in that same way today!

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