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Exodus 37 – Furnishing

Well, the tabernacle proper and the alter have been built.  Now it is time for the very core of the tabernacle; the furnishings.  We have the table, the lampstand, the alter of incense, and most importantly, the ark of the covenant.  When i was a kid i always thought that the ark of the covenant would be BIG.  It would be taller than me and so big i wouldn’t be able to touch from end to end.  Almost like it would be the length of a big dining room table, but it’s actually very small.  If a cubit is the distance from the average person’s elbow to the tip of their middle finger, and the ark of the covenant is 2 1/2 cubits long, it’s really not very big.  Add to that the height and width each being 1 1/2 cubits, it’s something i could easily jump over from a standing position (not running)… not that i would.  I’m just saying that it would have been feasible if i had wanted to and God hadn’t struck me dead for even thinking it.

It’s even more interesting when you consider that the ark of the covenant sat on the floor / ground and not on a table.  So chances are that the ark of the covenant didn’t even come  up to most people’s waists.  It was the throne of YHWH, yet while standing up you looked DOWN on it!?!  I guess it’s surprising to me because i would think that the throne of the God of the universe and everything would be a wee bit bigger than… well, than that.  But it’s His ark.  I’ll let Him make it as big or small as He wants it to be.

The other interesting thing i wanted to note is how you hold it.  I grew up watching Indiana Jones and the Raiders of  the Lost Ark.  My dad really liked that movie.  So i know what the Ark of the Covenant looked like.  It was covered in pure gold, it had the two cherubim on top and the rings for the carrying poles about 3/4 of the way up.  But wait!  According to the text, the rings for the carrying poles were at the feet of the ark?…  It was the same way with the table.  The rings for the carrying poles were on the feet.  It’s almost like YHWH wanted  everyone to be able to see it when they travel.  Almost as though it wasn’t just meant to be hidden away in some tent 24/7/365.  Hmm, what an interesting concept!  You mean God isn’t just some hidden away god that we aren’t allowed to see or interact with?

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Exodus 25 – Sanctuary

Either i’ve become a faster writer, the verses are shorter or easier in this chapter some how, or both.  It took me less than an hour and a half to copy over the 40 verses in this chapter.  When i started  this project it took me an hour and a half to do ~30 verses.  If i was to gander a guess, i would say that it is probably a combination of things.  Either way, its good to see this, as i will be starting an earlier class schedule today and i have less time to get prepped each day to teach.

Here we see God prepping Moses and Israel to build Him a sanctuary.  He calls for the people to raise a contribution by asking for specific materials, and He gives Moses the plans for how to make the ark with the mercy seat, the table, the lamp stand, and other necessary tools and utensils.  It’s funny, when i think of the Ark of the Covenant with the Mercy Seat, what i visualize is the Ark of the Covenant from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, and that’s very different from what is described here.

What i thought was interesting about this chapter is that YHWH initiates the first fund raiser for a church building project.  He also doesn’t just ask for gold or money to purchase the right equipment to do the job, but He asks for the material itself.  It’s an interesting and intriguing way of getting things done.  It’s not just… “Write a check for this much money.”  It’s about investing in the actual building and development.  Then the people can turn around and say to their kids, “look, see the fine linen that is used in the ephod and breastpiece?  We donated that.”  Or, “See the red rams skins used in the curtains of the tabernacle, that’s from us and our family!  See, we are a part of this place.”  It gives the people some semblance of connection and identity with the project.  The very building itself becomes a legacy.  It’s much more personal than just writing a check.

Are we investing OURSELVES into the kingdom of God, or are we just writing a tithe check?  Is the kingdom work about us doing the work, or us funding the work?  Maybe that’s a key to helping people embrace the mission and work of the church and ministry?

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