““And for the tabernacle you shall make the boards of acacia wood, standing upright. Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the width of each board. Two tenons shall be in each board for binding one to another. Thus you shall make for all the boards of the tabernacle. And you shall make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards for the south side.”
Exodus 26:15-18 NKJV
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
I Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV
This morning I ran into one of the more detailed passages in the bible, which laid out the building of the tabernacle. I reflected on the detail that went into building the tent, and materials needed. God was very specific in His instructions. As I read, I thought of what the instructions would like for the human body.
We are made up of so many cells, and so many parts, each having a purpose, each having redundancies, and all controlled by some aspect of the brain.
God went from Heaven, to habitation in the tabernacle of Moses. In the greatest miracle of all, God became a Man named Jesus, and dwelt amongst us. Through faith in Jesus, this writer was saved from his sins, and God, the Holy Spirit makes His habitation in this rapidly declining tabernacle of flesh and blood.
I found myself in weeping, thinking of God’s great mercy and grace, how He decided to reside in one so unworthy as me, sinful, corrupted and weary.
God is graceful as He moved in, and has rehabilitated this flawed, fallen man, and made him a new creation. It is all part of the grand miracle of God entering into the world of humanity.
Jesus came to minister amongst us. He chose to be humbled and tabernacle with humanity, dying on the cross for our sins, that we someday be glorified and like Him.
I am surrounded by creations of God, people who have been constructed in perfection, but who are being mutilated by sin. I am compelled to bring the Gospel, the Good News, that sinful flesh be reclaimed for God’s original purpose: worship of Himself.
I endeavor to look at people as potential tabernacles, as potential houses of God. I do not look upon them as enemies, or judge them based on how they may behave, or what they believe, or even what political affiliation they may have. I look at them as sinners in need of a savior, sinners like I was before the King of Glory came into my life.
In these divisive times, it is easy to shut ourselves off from those we believe are against the values that we hold. It is far better to look at others and find the ties that bind. We are in the Gospel spreading business. We must think and act biblically, in that our priority is to be about the Father’s business.
I had an epiphany of sorts a week ago when I realized that if we had followed through with the Great Commission as Jesus instructed, we would have the world we desired. But, somewhere, we became preoccupied with governing, and not sharing the Gospel.
We go about complaining of all the problems in our world, when we could have avoided all of it. It is time for us to turn from trying to control the world, to leading people to Jesus.
Let us not be like Judas, who desired to overthrow the Romans, and betrayed the Lord Jesus when he realized that the Lord was not here to rule and reign.
We turn our attention to politics, we also betray the Lord and the commission that Jesus called us to do.
Brothers and sisters, remember that we are tabernacles, dwelling places of God, saved to do good works and proclaim the Gospel until Jesus comes again.
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:3-4 NKJV