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Jeremie Webb

Today’s Torah Devotional from Exodus 36:20 – 37:16
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is, “Vayakhel,” “And he assembled”

Today’s scriptures read about the actual construction concerning the Communion Tent.

The beams and crossbeams needed for support being made of acacia wood, cut to specific dimensions and laid within silver bases, two under each beam’s two pegs to hold them together and in place to support the Tent.

Finishing beams, support beams, crossbeams, all connected to one another exactly, with one crossbar made to go through the center of the beams from one end of the Tent to the other.

Each beam was covered in a layer of gold with gold rings to hold the gold layered crossbars.

The partition made of sky-blue, dark red and crimson wool and twined linen, brocaded with cherubs was also held in place by four acacia poles covered with a layer of gold, with gold hooks and four silver bases for the poles.

The embroidered drape for the Tent’s entrance was held in place with five poles, with gold hooks, caps and bands and five copper bases for these poles.

The Ark of the Testimony, Betzalel made from acacia wood, covered in a layer of pure gold on the inside. He also made the gold rim for it all around, casting four gold rings for its four corners in order to carry it using the two acacia wood poles also covered in gold.

Betzalel made the cover for the Ark from one single casting of pure gold, hammering out the two gold cherubs from the same single piece of metal, their wings outstretched upward to shield the Ark cover, facing one another with their heads inclined somewhat downward toward the cover.

He made the table out of acacia wood, covering it with a layer of pure gold, making a gold rim all around it, and a frame for it, four gold rings on the corners of its four legs to enable it to be carried by the two acacia wood poles also covered in a layer of pure gold.

He made the utensils for the table, bread forms and incense bowls as well as the half tubes and side frame dividers all out of pure gold.

Here we have the continued description depicting all that went into the creation of the Communion Tent as prescribed by GOD.

Reading these verses we can see one thing continually, they had much in the way of gold, silver and acacia wood. These things were in obvious abundance, not the stereotypical desert we think of when recalling this event in Biblical History.

The people were not only diverse in background but also in wealth and affluence. They were skilled in many crafts, skills and talents.

Making these articles of pure gold is no small feat. It requires much in the way of ability and mechanisms.

The architecture alone was of great mathematical perfection, then to add the gold, silver, and copper workings into the wood and fabric, we’re looking at very specialized labor.

The Communion Tent, once finished, would have been a sight unbelievable to behold, blinding to walk into considering the reflective qualities of pure gold combined with the light of the menorah.

The entire Tent would have been alive with light, bright as the noon day sun at all times. Appropriate for the GOD of Israel to dwell.

We often forget to consider what all went into creating the Communion Tent, or the Desert Tabernacle, when it was constructed.

This was no common tent, this was a structure to behold, glorious unto GOD and all that HE desired to dwell within among HIS people in the wilderness.

Looking at this Tent and all of its amazing beauty and light, layered in pure gold, we see the beauty, the majesty of it all in our minds.

Do we still see majesty and beauty in our tabernacles today?

Are we conscious of the condition in which we come together to worship?

The house in which we gather together to praise, is it clean, is it kept well, do we pay attention and remain ever vigilant to insure its respected and presentable for those coming to seek the truth we take for granted?

Appearances can be deceiving. We often see so much that we rarely pay attention.

Details are very important to GOD, HE has prescribed very specific orders for HIS dwelling place here in the wilderness, how much more does HE deserve in our own tabernacles?

We are not in the wilderness, yet we have become so very comfortable in our spaces of worship.

We are the temple of the Lord GOD Almighty, why do we let ourselves get out of shape, out of health?

How differently do we treat our own tabernacle than we treat the real structure of our synagogue?

What’s the difference? If we treat our own bodies with such little regard, how can we possibly treat the actual structure any other way.

There is a scripture that reads, “Be faithful over the little things and I will make you ruler over much.”

Keeping that in context is simple and applicable to our lives today. If we can’t even keep our own house in order, how do we expect GOD to bless us with anything else?

If we are not taking HIS house seriously, what impression are we allowing others to take of our GOD, when they visit?

If we would have your own home in disarray for company, then it’s understandable how we can let the Tent of Meeting, our structure today, become in such condition.

Since we obviously have little concern for ourselves, it makes sense we would have even less concern for the Tabernacle of GOD.

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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