"In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,' says the LORD of hosts." Malachi 1:11b
Text: Exodus 25 : 9, 3-5
THE DIVINE BLUEPRINT FOR THE SANCTUARY
It was God who broached the subject of bringing offerings to Him! It was also the Lord who determined the different things He wanted to make the sanctuary. He had most definite ideas as to how the sanctuary was to be made! He gave a strict order to Moses concerning the construction of the sanctuary.
“According to all that I show you, that is,
the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern
of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.”
1. “The pattern of the tabernacle”
It was God who designed the “pattern of the tabernacle”. We may thus expect that every aspect of the tabernacle would have rich symbolic significance! It is a staggering thought indeed that God would personally involve Himself in this manner!
2. “The pattern of all its furnishings”
Some may think that “furnishings” are not important! But the Biblical text tells us that the Lord Himself planned “all its furnishings”.
3. “According to all that I show you… just so you shall make it”
Moses knew God well enough to know that he must pay attention to all the details that were given to him! Being the man of integrity and wisdom that he was, he would also painstakingly seek to fulfill all God’s instructions assiduously!
A LONG LIST OF OFFERINGS GOD DESIRED FROM HIS PEOPLE
With the tabernacle-sanctuary in mind, God asked the children of Israel to bring Him a long list of things that would be needed to make the Tabernacle.
“And this is the offering which you shall take from them:
gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
fine linen and goats’ hair, ram skins dyed red, badger skins,
and acacia wood…”
By no means was this list exhaustive! The Lord would elaborate on what He desired from His people!
1. “Gold, silver, and bronze”
Those were precious metals in the ancient days too! Would His worshippers be willing to part with their “treasures”?
These too would be needed to make the Tabernacle! Would there be understanding and faith enough to offer these things to the Lord lovingly?