December 1 – Exodus 37:17-29
December 1 – Exodus 37:17-29
17 He also made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the
lampstand of hammered work. Its base,
its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers were of one piece with
it. 18 And there were six branches going out of its sides, three
branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the
lampstand out of the other side of it; 19 three
cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on one
branch, and three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower,
on the other branch—so for the six branches going out of the lampstand.
20 And on the lampstand itself were four
cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and
flowers, 21 and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the
six branches going out of it. 22 Their calyxes and their branches
were of one piece with it. The whole of it was a single piece of hammered work
of pure gold. 23 And he made its seven lamps and its tongs and its
trays of pure gold. 24 He made it and all its utensils out of a
talent of pure gold. 25 He made the altar of incense of acacia wood. Its
length was a cubit, and its breadth was a cubit. It was square, and two cubits
was its height. Its horns were of one piece
with it. 26 He overlaid it with pure gold, its top and
around its sides and its horns. And he made a molding of gold around it,
27 and made two rings of gold on it under its molding, on two opposite
sides of it, as holders for the poles with which to carry it. 28
And he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. 29 He
made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended
as by the perfumer.
These scriptures capture the very essence and intentionality of
every detail that went into the tabernacle.
Although they may seem somewhat redundant, we can’t miss the
extraordinary ability of the craftsmen who crafted each item with love, care
and obedience. Indeed we do find the
Israelites in a period of obedience.
Praise the Lord!
Do you find yourself in a period of obedience and seeking God with
intentionality? If so, thank God for
showing you how to become more obedient.
If you’re finding yourself in a dry period where sin is creeping in
often with little attention to God’s word or prayer, seek God’s forgiveness,
find time to stay in the Word and seek fellowship with Christians that can
mentor and with God’s help lead you in more righteous paths.
Heavenly Father, I see the Israelites come together to do the work
You asked them to do with such passion and love. I know there are groups and churches that
work with this kind of passion, but it certainly isn’t the norm right now. To see this kind of unity on a project that
You have given must have been amazing. I
ask that You give me the kind of passion for You that they had. Help my love and passion for You be
contagious to those around me. Help me
be a light in this dark world.
In Jesus’ name.