1) The tabernacle had to be a structural beauty.
2) It must have been incredible, to witness the craftsman constructing the things that God commanded.
3) God is amazing!
God was very specific about the details n how they were to construct & furnish the Tabernacle. The Israelites were obedient. After they finished this elaborate place of worship Moses inspected their work.
God gave each person skill and knowledge. God is very specific and detailed.
Inspired by the final supporting scripture (Galatians 6:1) in the High School Bible Class’ lesson this past Saturday, today’s reading was Galatians 6. I am very familiar with this chapter–nearly every verse has been marked (showing where I have been taught from in times past)–but, I internalized verses 1-10 a little more than I have before. So my takeaway today–“It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it”–came from linking the context of these individual verses together:
When any of us notices a brother or sister in Christ [that has made a commitment to God to live a Christian lifestyle] has chosen to stop walking by the Spirit–purposely sin instead–if we, ourselves, are still walking by the Spirit and his fruits (Galatians 5:22-23) can be found in us, then [because we have also made a commitment to God to live a Christian lifestyle] it becomes our spiritual responsibility to bring them back to the spiritual standards they were living by BEFORE they chose to “make an exception.” But, we have to be gentle in our approach. Sin causes serious and sensitive wounds that must be handled delicately. If we are not careful and constantly check-and-balancing our own lives while we try to restore theirs, we can literally be morally dragged down by the very sin we are working to get them way from. And where some of us would use that–the fact that we don’t want to get dragged down by someone else’s sin–as a reason to not even attempt to restore them, that reasoning doesn’t work. Why? Because the very moment Satan convinces us that we have a valid reason to “make an exception,” is the very moment we become as the one(s) we were suppose to be working on restoring. In that moment, we became guilty of thinking of ourselves to be “something” when we are “nothing” (verse 3). This thinking of being morally above reproach, keeps us from having the sympathy we should have with the flaw(s) in our fallen brother or sister in Christ. Bearing each others moral burdens is supposed to keep us–though stronger in an area where they have shown themselves to be weak–in the constant reality check that we all have flaws…and we are delusional if we think or even give the impression that we don’t. So, to prevent us from having an inflated view of our own faults in comparison to the known fault(s) of our brother or sister in Christ, we are instructed to “prove” ourselves to ourselves (verse 4)–examine our own life, our own virtues, our own deeds–so that our joy comes from how we find ourselves measuring up to God’s standards with God’s help, rather than from how our strengths compare to someone else’s weaknesses. Rather than how my virtues compare to others’ blemishes, “How do my own spiritual achievements compare with what God has required of me?” becomes the question.
Restoring our fallen brothers and sisters in Christ is a good deed, that every Christian not weak in that same area has been tasked with. And, since it is only a matter of time before we “reap” our divine reward, there is no need to lose heart now in doing this good deed (verses 8-9). As a matter of fact, we should jump on each opportunity (verse 10) to help restore a brother or sister in Christ (verse 1), bear a burden too heavy for a brother or sister in Christ to bear alone (verse 2), support our ministers and teachers of God’s Word (verse 6), live according to how the Spirit leads us (verse 8), and to take care of the needs of our brothers and sisters first before dealing with those of the rest of the world (verse 10).
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