Exodus 25:1-9 (NKJV) Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. 3 And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; 5 ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; 6 oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; 7 onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. 8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.
The people of Israel had only left Egypt for only a few months, yet God asks them to make a contribution to help build the Tabernacle. And the response was overwhelmingly great. In fact, they gave so much that Moses had to tell them to stop giving. You may say, since the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, how did they have so much to give, especially the gold and silver, and expensive fabrics. It is because God gave them favor in the sight of the Egyptians when they left Egypt. The Egyptian masters gave these things to the Israelites. And the people of Israel gave willingly and in abundance what was needed to build the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was small because it had to be carried around in the wilderness, but it was very decorative, grandeurs, and beautiful. Because the Tabernacle was patterned after the Tabernacle in heaven. There in the Tabernacle between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant is where God met with His people. Just as it is in heaven, God’s throne is between the cherubim. The people of Israel were to be ruled by God. It is important to realize that the Tabernacle was not God’s house, so to speak, God did not live there, nor is He confined to it. Solomon said it correctly, that not even the heavens can contain God. The Tabernacle was a place where the people of Israel could come to meet with God. Much in the same way that we meet with God in the churches today. But the meeting places for God is not limited to churches. We have a sanctuary in our hearts where we can meet with God. Because Christ dwells within us. And He is our Great High Priest who is in the presence of God for us. This is why, although we are practicing social distancing in hopes of limiting the spread of the virus, we can still meet with God in the sanctuary of our hearts because Christ our Lord and Savior, who dwells within us, brings us into the presence of God.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.