Today’s reading is Exodus 25-26.

In John 1:14, the text literally says “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” Jesus is God tabernacling with men. However, note the great contrast between Jesus as God’s tabernacling among us and the tabernacle we are reading about today. God would meet with the High Priest above the mercy seat, which was separated from the people by the Most Holy Place, which was separated from the people further by a veil, which was separated further by the Holy Place, which was separated further by the courtyard, which was separated further by the encircling camp of the priests and Levites. Thus, while God tabernacled among men in the Tabernacle, it was a constant reminder of the people’s separation from Him. Yet, when Jesus, God in the flesh, tabernacled among men, it was no longer a separation. It was an embracing, a full fellowship, a togetherness. Praise God for His tabernacling with us in Jesus.

Tomorrow’s reading is Exodus 27-28.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, I know this description of the Tabernacle gets long, drawn out, and (don’t tell your parents I said this) boring. Just wait until they actually build the Tabernacle and we read all this exact same description again. However, there is a really good reason Moses wrote it this way. Right at the beginning, God says, “And let them make a sanctuary, that I may dwell in the midst.  Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.” Then He describes the pattern, then they make it just like He described. What a message for us. Today, the church (not the building, but the organization of the people) is God’s Tabernacle/Temple. Seems to me we should build that exactly as He has patterned it in the New Testament as well. May we not design the church after our desires but after God’s pattern and design. Then He will be praised and glorified.

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