Legacy Devotional: Day 5
The Mosaic Tabernacle: A Place of Beauty in the Wilderness
“From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Everyone who is willing to bring to the Lord an offering of gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.” - exodus 35:5-9, NIV
Key Passage: Exodus 35:4-29
At this point in Exodus, the Israelites remained in the wilderness outside of the Promised Land. Yet, it was in that place of wilderness that a place of beauty was raised up, a place where the dwelling of the Lord would reside. Exodus 35 illustrates that through the willingness of the Israelites to gather the needed materials together, they were able to construct the place for God to come and dwell among them. All of the materials that were collected together for the tabernacle were brought together to create it to stand out as a place of beauty.
Although the Israelites were commanded to build the tabernacle, it was truly for their benefit. They would be building the dwelling place of the Lord God right in their midst. The parameters around building and furnishing the tabernacle were extensive, yet the instructions for building something of such beauty reflected only a small representation of the glory that would soon dwell within it. By using what they had and contributing what they could, the people honoured God in their obedience to the building of the tabernacle. Coming together to build this place of beauty went far beyond the Israelites’ obedience to instruction, but became an opportunity for them to build something that would inherently give them access to more of God where they were. The tabernacle became a place of beauty in the wilderness for the Israelites.
How often do we find ourselves walking through seasons of wilderness? Yet, in these seasons, we are never left to walk it alone. God’s presence dwells within us and as we continue to bring ourselves to God, we can find the beauty in our wilderness: the beauty of His presence with us and the hope of walking into the promises He has prepared for us.