“Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen, and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them.” Exodus 26:1
The tabernacle God instructed Moses to have the children of Israel build for him was like no other tabernacle ever constructed. Every piece was to be uniformly fashioned so that it perfectly matched the other parts of the tent and created a structure of symmetry, simplicity, and beauty.
One of the things that struck me, and impressed me, was the directions God gave for the curtains and veils of the temple. Each curtain was more than forty feet long and at least six feet wide and there were to be ten of these curtains. Each of them was to be made of fine woven linen and of blue, purple and scarlet thread with cherubim incorporated into the pattern of the weave of the fabric.
More than four hundred linear feet of this fabric was required for the tabernacle and it all needed to be specially woven.
This curtain would be hung on the inside of the tabernacle over walls constructed of acacia wood panels overlaid with gold.
Everything visible inside the tabernacle was either this wonderful fabric curtain or was constructed of gold or silver and was designed to evoke the wonder of the court of God in Heaven.
No expense was spared to create a dwelling place fitting for the God of heaven and earth to dwell among and meet with his people.
Often as I consider the tabernacle God instructed his people to build for him and I compare it to the structures we construct as places for us to meet with God and present our offerings of worship I’m struck by how feeble our efforts have been and how far they are from the standard of construction set by God when he gave the pattern to Moses.
I’m not saying that we need to reach beyond our means and take on mountains of debt. When it came to his tabernacle God had already provided everything necessary for its construction before he ever made the call for the people to give. No debt was required, yet by giving their best offering of labor and material they were able to make a place of surpassing beauty and simplicity. We can do the same if we will only give of our best.
Too often we hoard our best offerings and keep them for ourselves and in the end we find that they all end up being squandered and go to waste. It would be far better for us to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven by presenting our best in our worship to God.
Friends give your best for the construction, maintenance, and service of God’s house. He is deserving and because he is it’s our highest blessing to give.