Yesterday I finished reading the book of Exodus. There were several things I took note of in the last few chapters.
*First of all, the craftsmen who built the tabernacle and all of its furnishings were extremely gifted.
They “hammered out gold sheets and cut them into threads to be woven in with the blue and purple and scarlet material, and the fine linen, the work of a skillful workman.” ~ Exodus 39:3
“And they made the onyx stones, set in gold filigree settings; they were engraved like the engravings of a signet, according to the names of the sons of Israel.” ~ Exodus 39:6
“And they made pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material and twisted linen on the hem of the robe. They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around on the hem of the robe, alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe, for the service, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.” ~ Exodus 39:24-26
*The phrase “just as the LORD had commanded Moses” is used 14 times in chapters 39 and 40. God wants us to know that they followed His designs exactly.
*Next, I had never thought of armor being around during these ancient Old Testament times.
The robe for Aaron, the High Priest, which had the bells and pomegranates around the hem, was woven with the opening “at the top in the center, as the opening of a coat of mail” ~ Exodus 39:23.
*The work was inspected, and the people were blessed.
“So the sons of Israel did all the work according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses. And Moses examined all the work and behold, they had done it; just as the LORD had commanded, this they had done. So Moses blessed them.” ~ Exodus 39:42-43
*Finally, and best of all, God moved into the completed tabernacle.
“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.” ~ Exodus 40:34-38
And so ends the book of Exodus. God is clearly seen dwelling in the tabernacle, leading the people. Oh, how blessed they were, to be able to see Him and to know He was there with them!
We must remember that God has promised to always be with us, too (Hebrews 13:5). Though we cannot see Him, we must walk by faith, and not by sight (2Corinthians 5:7), trusting that He will lead us through whatever lies ahead of us.