Exodus 25-26

Exodus 25:2
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering.

It is important that everything we give to the Lord, whether it be our finances or our time, be given willingly from a pure heart. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul says, So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. We must never give begrudgingly, for to give in this manner, we would be better off not giving at all.

Exodus 25:8-9
8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.

The tabernacle which was portable and would be carried with the Israelites while wandering in the desert, was a pattern for the temple which would come. The book of Revelation tells us that when the new earth and heaven are created, Jesus will be our tabernacle. John the apostle wrote, when Jesus was born, when He became flesh, God dwelt among us (John 1:14). I love how perfectly the bible is tied together, from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation.

Exodus 26:1
1 “Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them.

I have always loved putting together those prefabricated pieces of furniture from Ikea. I love opening all of the packages of screws and wooden dowels, etc., and then following the very clear and detailed instructions on how it is to be constructed (though I must admit that I am not the best instruction follower).

Try to imagine how spectacular the tabernacle was, and what a testimony of who God is that it was. They would soon be watching this magnificent structure being built, from scratch, with the very clear and detailed instructions given to Moses, directly from God. Each and every time they would set up the tabernacle, they would be reminded that God was with them. It must have been an amazing thing to behold.

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