Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Let them make for me a sanctuary, so that I may live among them. According to all that I am showing you – the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings – you must make it exactly so. Exodus 25.8-9
God wanted to live among the Israelites. He allowed them to make him a sanctuary where they would know that he would be present. God told Moses how to make the sanctuary and the people were to bring offerings to the Lord. The offerings that were acceptable were on a list that God gave to Moses. The people were to be motivated by a giving heart to make the offering. Their attitude and motivation were both important to God. Not only did he tell them what to offer, but he showed Moses the exact floor plans of the sanctuary that he was to build and the model for everything in it. Nothing was left to man’s whim about how to make it or furnish it. They were given full instructions. The Lord tells Moses that he must make it exactly to the specifications. God has left instructions today for us to follow. He has told us how we can enter his kingdom. He has specified how we are to worship him. However, man sometimes thinks that he knows better than God what he should do or what God should want. That is the message that we relay when we do it our way instead of how he has instructed. Read the word. Make sure that you are following the instructions that he has left for us exactly as they are written. Then he will live among us.