Focal Passages: Exodus 26:30-33; 29:43-46; 40:34-38
You’ve heard it said, “The devil is in the details.” If you’re a guy you’ve probably tried to assemble a toy or piece of furniture by skipping those wordy directions and simply going by the picture. Unfortunately, the picture is one-dimensional. When you begin to read through the Bible, you may be tempted to skip all that detailed stuff that begins in the latter chapters of Exodus. Although we find there a lot of unfamiliar details, we must remember that God is in the details. God was not only giving Moses details for the tabernacle based on the heavenly reality (Hebrews 8:5); He was also pointing toward greater things to come.
In addition to providing the details for the construction of the tabernacle, God also promised that He would meet with His people there and set apart as holy the tabernacle, its altar and its priests. As a result the people of Israel would know He was the God who delivered them from Egypt. God provided this place of divine revelation so His people would focus on His glory. Ultimately, God would reveal His glory through His Son: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt (literally, “tabernacled”) among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Through the finished work of Jesus we have become temples of the Holy Spirit, experiencing His constant presence with us. Consequently, we are called to glorify God in our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).
I’ve known two types of hunters: those who see the target and then shoot, and those who fire away hoping to hit a desirable target. The children of Israel were given clear manifestations of God’s presence with a cloud by day and fire by night. They knew better than to try and manufacture God’s work, yet they fell into idolatry. Do you hold your position until the Spirit of God leads you, or are you asking Him to follow your lead?