God is the original craftsman. In His creation God has shown us how precise and how much attention to detail He has for everything. Today we are going to look at the Tabernacle. This building was made to be the place God would choose to dwell in for the Hebrew people of Moses day. It was a place for worship and a place for forgiveness.
Exodus 29:45-46 NIV
Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.
Out of the last sixteen chapters of the Book of Exodus thirteen chapters contain the elaborate instructions for building the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was not an IKEA put together building. It was to be the place God would hang out. The word tabernacle itself means “dwelling place.” The tabernacle was a portable tent where God met with His people. God wanted to dwell among them!
After Moses had come down from the mountain top, he was given the Ten Commandments and the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle. God’s directions for constructing the tabernacle were very detailed. God was not trying to cause the people grief; He was simply showing them His holiness and His absolute authority.
The Tabernacle was given to the people as a physical reminder of God’s presence and God’s desire to dwell among His people. Later the Temple would be built as a replacement for the movable tent. However, something more was coming after the place of the Temple.
In the New Testament, we understand that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament tabernacle. John 1:14 says that “the Word became flesh and took up residence among us.” Jesus made His dwelling with people. Now we are the Temple of God. This should lead us to places of worship wherever we go. Understanding that we are the living Temple of the highest God should change how we see the world and interact with everyone we meet.
Holy Spirit, come! Show me how to walk and talk in this world. Let my words and deeds show others how great You are. In Jesus name, AMEN!