"Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!" Psalm 105:4
Text: Exodus 26 : 31-34
IN HAPPY ANTICIPATION
Moses could visualize the beautiful Tabernacle in his mind’s eye even as God revealed to him the plans for the Tabernacle. The Lord obviously had an eye for beauty. This tabernacle would be magnificent in more ways than one! How excited Moses must have felt as he anticipated descending Mount Sinai and organizing a skilled work force to create the Tabernacle. He must ensure that all things would be done according to the pattern that God had given to him.
A NEW DEVELOPMENT
Each time God spoke to Moses, there was always something new to be learned! God did speak again and yes, another profound truth was revealed.
“You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread,
and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design
of cherubim. You shall hang it upon the four pillars of acacia wood
overlaid with gold. Their hooks shall be gold, upon four sockets
of silver. And you shall hang the veil from the clasps. Then you
shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil.
The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place
and the Most Holy. You shall put the mercy seat upon the ark
of the Testimony in the Most Holy.”
1. “Four pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold”
A special room was to be created. This room would house the ark of the Testimony. Understandably, gold must be used to make the pillars look grand!
2. “A veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen”
A special veil would be created to seal off this section of the Tabernacle. The veil would serve as a door! The motif would be that of cherubim. The veil would be magnificent and rich in colour.
3. “The Most Holy” (Sanctum sanctorum)
The ark of the Testimony with the mercy seat would be placed in the Most Holy. Moses would recall what the Lord had said to him earlier. He would meet with him at the mercy seat (Cf. Exodus 25:21-22).
4. A reminder as to the Contents in the ark of the Testimony
What would be in the ark of the Testimony? God had promised to give to Moses tablets of stone that would represent the covenant that He had established with the children of Israel. The laws that God would give Moses were simply called “The Testimony” (Cf. Exodus 25:21).
The meaning of this new set of instructions was very clear! Above everything else that Israel must treasure – the Word of God must take center-stage!