So construction has finally begun on the tabernacle. The people continue to bring their offerings and Bezalel and Oholiah and every skilled person are at work doing the work of construction. The curtains and the tent with its covering and the wooden structure that holds it all together are all being constructed and completed.
There is a great deal of work to be done, and Bezalel seems to be in charge of the work. However, there appears to be one serious flaw to the whole plan. That flaw is the people. They keep bringing more and more and more to give to the construction work, and the workers just don’t know what to do with it all. It is way too much for the work, and the people just keep giving. So Moses has to send out a message to the people to stop giving! Wow, imagine that! You have a church building project and the people are giving so much to the construction fund that early on you have to tell them to stop giving. What kind of people are these, and how do we get them into our church…
Is this the mentality we have? Do YOU and I give to the church and ministry of the church body so much that WE have to be told to stop giving? No? But we want others to do that? Maybe WE need to change how we spend our time and money.
The tabernacle of the LORD was a beautiful thing. I would have so loved to have seen it. Exodus 26 is all about God describing to Moses the plans and process for building this traveling tent of His. It describes the pillars overlaid with gold, the fine linen walls, the scarlet draperies, the goat skin tent covering the tabernacle, and the curtain that separates the holy place from the Holy of Holies. I can only imagine what it would be like come to the tabernacle. To come to the alter. To enter the holy place. To look into the Holy of Holies.
Of course i know that even if i were somehow transported to that time and place, i could never go there. I am not a jew, i am a gentile. So the closest i would be able to come would be to see it taken down and put up from a distance, or to see its splendor and beauty from the outside. Even as an Israelite, you still wouldn’t be able to look into the Holy of Holies. If you could see inside the tabernacle there was a great curtain between the holy place and the Holy of Holies. Only the high priest could enter and only 1x per year. That great curtain was both a blockade and a protection. It prevented people from casually entering and being consumed due to their sin and lack of godliness.
The wonderful thing is though, that we don’t need to. When Christ died on the cross the curtain was torn from top to bottom. His sacrifice removed that barrier that prevented us from being able to relate directly to the God that created us. Through Christ’s blood we are redeemed and cleansed. We can have a relationship directly with God. There is no need for a high priest. There isn’t even a need for an ordinary every day priest. There is God and there is us. Through Christ’s cleansing blood we are able to speak with YHWH with no curtain in the way. Don’t you want that too?