TOPIC: His Knack for Order
TEXT: Exodus 26:15-30
15. And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.
16. Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board.
17. Two tenons shall there be in one board, set in order one against another; thus shalt thou make for all the boards of the tabernacle.
18. And thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward.
19. And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.
20. And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards;
21. And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
22. And for the sides of the tabernacle westward thou shalt make six boards.
23. And two boards shalt thou make for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides.
24. And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled together above the head of it unto one ring; thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners.
25. And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
26. And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,
27. And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward.
28. And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end.
29. And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars; and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold.
30. And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.
“And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.” – (Exodus 26:30)
DCLM Daily Manna 14th December 2020 Devotional MESSAGE:
In many societies nowadays, the collapse of buildings and other architectural structures is on the rise. Experts have blamed the unfortunate trend on the refusal or inability of some construction engineers to stick to the recommended specifications. Sadly, a good number of people have died prematurely as a result of such accidents resulting from the collapse of buildings.
While death tolls continue to rise, some building contractors and their employers have remained unperturbed. The death of fellow citizens means nothing to them. On the contrary, our God takes into account every minute thing, hence, His instructions and specification for the tabernacle.
The almighty God did not just abandon the job of decision making or the choice of building materials to the builders. He saw the need to give a prior directive. This was to ensure the beauty, acceptability and durability of the structure.
The passage is a challenge to every true believer. The Christian journey calls for implicit obedience. Questioning divine instructions is wilful disobedience. Israel did not look at the complicated nature of the instructions on the pattern for the tabernacle, neither did they brush the instructions aside. They stuck to it even when it was difficult to obey.
Likewise, we must be ready to obey all of God’s instructions. Our prayer should be that He should grant us, first, a willing heart; and second, the grace to obey without murmur. It is, however, important to note that believers are the authentic tabernacle of God, for He does not dwell in tabernacles built by hands. We are to ensure that our Christian life is strong enough to withstand every adverse weather.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna 14th December 2020 Devotional Message was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.