OLD TESTAMENT Week Six
When I read chapter 25 of Exodus, my thoughts fill with beauty as the descriptions of the finery brought to build the tabernacle are listed. This chapter talks of blue, purple, and scarlet fabric, along with fine linen. It mentions rings of pure gold and adornments of silver and brass and precious stones.
"Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering...and let them make me a sanctuary ; that I may dwell among them." Exodus 25:2, 8
I am reminded that the Israelites are in the wilderness, and I ask myself, Can beauty be found in wilderness places?
I realize the offering will require sacrifice ––giving up and giving all. The people cannot purchase what will be required for the sanctuary out in the wilderness. Building the tabernacle will require them to bring their own finery to offer to the Lord.
There is a process of sanctification taking place, and also a process of consecration.
I study sanctification in the dictionary...to make religious, to free from sin, to set apart. It comes from Latin sanctus, which means "holy." I come to realize that sanctification includes giving up in the sense of letting go.
Next I study consecration...to make sacred, to devote something exclusively to a particular purpose. To dedicate. I see that it come from Latin consecrate, which means dedicated or devoted and from Latin sacer, which h means sacred.
I come to understand that consecration includes giving all in the sense of giving everything.
This bringing of their finest would require Israel to become dedicated. Devoted. The sacrifice would be the means of building a sanctuary that was sacred to them ––one that would make them holy.
For when Israel arrives at that place of sanctification, that place of consecration, the Lord has given a promise: "and there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee." Exodus 25:22
How can you bring your finest to the Lord?
Oh, I hope you are enjoying this journey!