"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding." Proverbs 3:13
Text: Exodus 36
INSTRUCTIONS TO BUILD THE TABERNACLE
The instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle were given by the Lord Himself (Cf. Exodus 25-30). How should these instructions be understood? The following must be borne in mind.
1. Rationale for the building of the Tabernacle
The instructions that God gave to Moses include the reasons why He wanted the Tabernacle to be built! The erection of this sanctuary would represent God residing among the children of Israel. It would also represent a new way to worship the Lord!
2. Grandeur of the Tabernacle
God Himself highlighted an important truth. The Tabernacle would be very beautiful and grand looking.
3. Words of Encouragement
Many words of encouragement were given to rise up and build the Tabernacle. There was no reason why Israel should not embark on this project.
4. Interpretation of the plans for the Tabernacle were not given
A careful reading of the plans that God gave to Moses for the building of the Tabernacle (Cf. Exodus 25-30) would reveal some startling facts:-
a) Detailed instructions as to how the Tabernacle was to be constructed were not given.
b) General guidance would not be sufficient.
c) Words of encouragement, though important, would not be much of help in actual construction work.
INSTRUCTIONS REQUIRE CAREFUL INTERPRETATION
How then would Bezalel and Aholiab interpret the general instructions given to them by Moses? Once again, we are reminded of the work of the Spirit of God.
“I have filled him (Bezalel) with the Spirit of God,
in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge,
and in all manner of workmanship.”