March 6, 2019·Mike Gentry
However, as I was reading about the materials for the tabernacle, starting in Exodus 35, the thought almost immediately popped into my mind of the extraordinary craftsmanship and exquisite beauty of all that was put into the construction of the tabernacle. As you read the text, you can just imagine the beauty, starting in Exodus 35:5-9, which says, “From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Everyone who is willing is 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.” As you read about the construction of the tabernacle, all the way through chapter 38, you can just imagine the innate beauty of the whole tabernacle and everything in it!
Before I felt the call to be in ministry as a pastor, I had started working as a carpenter’s apprentice, while still in high school. I loved working with my hands so much, that I could picture myself being a journeyman carpenter someday and helping to create and build beautiful homes and structures. So, when I read this text, I can picture the elegance of this architecture. It’s awe-inspiring! But then, almost as quickly as the thought came into my mind of how amazing this architecture was, another thought came to me as well. As elegant and beautiful as the tabernacle of the Lord was, it was never called His masterpiece. Of all the beauty that is described as we read the Bible, in God’s eyes, nothing is more awe-inspiring than you. As I read the text, it stood out to me that the creation of the tabernacle was as much about the people that were used to design the structure, weave together the tapestries, and decorate the building, as it was about the building itself. God used the skills and talents of the people that He had already woven together, to create the beauty of the tabernacle. God could have just spoken the tabernacle and everything in it into existence, but He chose to use skilled craftsman.
We were made in God’s image. That has been said about nothing else in all of God’s creation. So again, as I read in Exodus about this pristine tabernacle being built by expert craftsmen, I’m reminded that in all its splendor, it means nothing compared to you.
You literally took God’s breath away, as He breathed His life into you.
Pastor Mike Gentry