Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shaleeakh Vayak'hel And Assembled Shemot (Exodus) 35:1- 38:20

We should first understand that GOD is a GOD of order. The Ten Commandments give clear instructions on how we are to live. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing - that is, worship the One true GOD, only worship HIM and HE will guide you thru this life. (Exodus 20) The people hat to build a complex and exact Tabernacle of meeting as it relates to GOD's heavenly Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was built outside the camp due to sin within the camp. Yet before they did anything, they had to enter into God's rest and respect the Sabbath. This was a strict call to obedience by GOD, so before they did the work of building the Tabernacle, GOD first called Israel to the work of "simple obedience". Basic obedience is a pre-requisite for doing work for the LORD both then and now. The same principle holds true for our walk with GOD. Anything we do for the LORD must grow out of our rest in Him and rest in His finished work on our behalf.

"This is the thing which the LORD commanded": Now it was time to do what God originally commanded Moses in Exodus 25-31 regarding the building of the tabernacle and its associated items. Take from among you an offering to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the LORD: This offering came from God's command, not from Moses' clever fund-raising techniques. This shows God's normal way of channeling resources to His work. God could cause the money and materials to just appear by a miracle. Yet He chooses to almost always fund His work through the willing gifts of His people. He works this way because we need to be giving people. This idea is echoed in 2 Corinthians 9:7: So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

The labor and planning the work for the materials and constructing the Tabernacle had to be coordinated. God chose Bezaleel and Aholiab to be the "general contractors" for this building project. He equipped them with a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit to do the work. The artistic leaders of the work of building the Tabernacle also had a unique inspiration of the Holy Spirit to do this important and practical work. Since God wanted the work done according to a certain pattern (Exodus 25:9), it made sense that He specially inspired some to do the work.

"They continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning" Again, even willing hearts need to be told "now is the time to give". Moses let them know, and the people started bringing their offering to the LORD. This shows how blessed giving can be when free from human manipulation and tricks. Willing hearts will always give enough as God blesses the work - indeed Moses showed great integrity by not gathering more than the project needed. God told him to take an offering for the building of a tabernacle, and when the tabernacle was provided for the offering was over.

The curtains of an artistic design of cherubim (according to the command and description in Exodus 26:1-6), the curtains of goat's hair (according to the command and description in Exodus 26:7-13), the curtains of ram's skin dyed red and badger skins (according to the command and description in Exodus 26:14), the boards and connecting bars for the frame and walls of the tabernacle (according to the command and description in Exodus 26:15-30), the veil with its four pillars, and the screen with its five pillars (according to the command and description in Exodus 26:31-33, 36-37), were the building and assembling of the curtains, boards, pillars, and veils of the tabernbacle.

The Ark of the Covenant (according to the command and description in Exodus 25:10-16), the mercy seat (the gold lid to the Ark of the Covenant, according to the command and description in Exodus 25:17-22), were the furniture of the Most Holy Place.

The Table of Showbread with its utensils (according to the command and description in Exodus 25:23-30), the gold lampstand (according to the command and description in Exodus 25:31-40), the Alter of Incense (according to the command and description in Exodus 30:1-10), the anointing oil and incense (according to the command and description in Exodus 30:22-38), were the furniture of the Holy Place.

The alter of burnt offering (according to the command and description in Exodus 27:1-8), the bronze laver (according to the command and description in Exodus 30:17-21), the court with its pillars and linen fence (according to the command and description in Exodus 27:9-19), were items associated with the outer court.

All of the above constitutes a life being lived as Yeshua would live it and thru the guidance and adherence to the words of the TORAH. The building of the Tabernacle was done by people who believed in Yeshua, the TORAH, willingness to give of themselves from their hearts and personal possessions, utilize their skills and craftsmanship, wisdom and time. Even in today's world we must be as "Pillars" of the Tabernacle, reflect Yeshua's light, his word, his love for all people, his mercy, grace, and his mission should be our mission. We must do "ALL" things fo his "GLORY".

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