"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker." Psalm 95:6
Text: Exodus 25 : 1-10, 21
A GOD WORTHY OF WORSHIP
God had done many wonderful things for Israel! These must never be forgotten! He is a God worthy to be worshipped! Who else but God could deliver them from the cruel grasp of Pharaoh? Who else would provide for Israel the way the Lord had, every single day! Water, manna and quails were provided daily. Protection was given daily too! It was right that Israel learned how to worship this great God of theirs!
BUILDING A HOUSE FOR THE LORD TO DWELL IN
God had said that He desired a Tabernacle to be erected so that He could dwell among the children of Israel! What kind of a “home” would Israel build for their great God? Of course, no one could build anything that would be worthy of the Lord! But if the Lord requested for a Tabernacle, surely, they must give nothing but the very best they could afford!
AT FIRST, GENERAL CONCERNS
When God introduced the idea of a new form of worship, He spoke only in rather general terms. He did underscore the fact that He could ask that offerings be specially given. However, the Lord spoke only in very general terms (Exodus 25:1-9)! It is perfectly all right to speak in generalities in the initial moment. Soon, that must give way to more specific concerns!
SPECIFIC MENTION OF THE ARK OF THE TESTIMONY
The Lord went on from there to speak in very specific terms when He spoke about “The Ark of the Testimony”.
“And they shall make an ark of acacia wood…
You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark,
and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you.”
EXODUS 25:10, 21
1. “The Testimony”
This was a reference to the two tablets of stone that God said He would give to Moses! (He had ascended Mount Sinai to receive these two stone tablets). The Decalogue effectively contained the essence of the Sinaitic Covenant that God had given to the children of Israel. This Covenant was established and confirmed with a special worship (Cf. Exodus 24:1-8).
2. “And in the ark you shall put the Testimony”
If “the ark” was considered sacred, how much more must Israel regard “the Testimony” that God would give to them!