I always wondered why it was important to know why the framework of the tabernacle was made of acacia wood and how many cubits long each piece was. Why was it important to know what colors of yarn were used to make Aaron’s turban. Why was it important for us to know which direction the cherubim faced? These are the details Moses believed were important for us to know, but why?
I’ve always wondered that as I came through the passages of these intricate details of the construction of the tabernacle, ark, lampstands, temple, etc. You never hear anyone tell you they were memorizing Exodus 36:20-23
20 Then he made the upright frames for the tabernacle of acacia wood. 21 Ten cubits was the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each frame. 22 Each frame had two tenons for fitting together. He did this for all the frames of the tabernacle. 23 The frames for the tabernacle he made thus: twenty frames for the south side.
Why is it important for us to know this? God inspired Moses to write these words for us. To many… these passages are nothing but detailed historical references, but they are a part of the Holy Scriptures which means they are more than what they may appear from the surface. These are the inspired words of God written by Moses.
As I meditated on these scriptures, asking God “Please speak to me,” He did just that. My mind immediately went to one of my favorite passages of Scripture, Psalm 139.
1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
God was and is intimately involved in creating His dwelling place, whether that was the Tabernacle, Temple, or us. He cares about the details. He cares about us. He has made each one of us in His image, in His likeness. We are image bearers of Christ. We were not thrown together. We were fearfully and wonderfully made. God knows us inside and out. He created us. God made each of us with a specific purpose… ultimately to bring Him glory, and that is no small thing to overlook.