(vs. 26-46) Much is expected of the priests of God. It is a difficult job with long hours. It requires purity and holiness on the part of the priests. It even requires that they come before YHWH’s presence under the pressure of only doing what is right, and if they don’t they could be risking their lives. But it’s not without some perks. The priests, with all their hard work, get a portion of the meat used in the sacrifice as well as the bread used in the tabernacle. “It shall be for Aaron and his sons as their portion forever”. It’s nice to see just how God is providing for His leaders.
We also see the importance of consecrating the alter for its use. It didn’t matter that it was made just right. Even with the right materials and being built the right way, it still required consecration before it could be used for its intended purpose.
One of the things i did want to note is that every day in the morning and at twilight there was to be the sacrifice of a one year old lamb with one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour with one-fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering. It’s interesting that wine would be considered as something clean / pure to be used in a holy offering since many Christians / Christian denominations here in America see alcohol as something sinful. Yet God sees it as a valid sacrifice to Him
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?