“Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide. 2 Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.
8 Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.
9 “Make a courtyard for the tabernacle. The south side shall be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains of finely twisted linen, 10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
19 All the other articles used in the service of the tabernacle, whatever their function, including all the tent pegs for it and those for the courtyard, are to be of bronze.
Exodus 27:1-2, 8-10, 19 (New International Version)
Not Following Directions
When a person sets off to do build something or start a project they never did before, what is the first thing they do? The logical thing to do is to read the directions or ask an expert on how to do it. However some people (mostly men) have a tendency to forgo the directions and try to “wing-it” when they do a project. The consequences of such a decision usually don’t produce the results that the person wanted.
Being Too Proud
Why do we sometimes choose to not read the directions or follow wise advice? A lot of it I believe is because of pride. Even though we may not know how to do certain things, we are too proud to ask for help. Some people even view asking for assistance as a sign of weakness, and no one (especially men) wants to be viewed as weak.
Not Following God’s Design
As followers of Christ, we often run into situations that are difficult or start ministries that we are not familiar with. Fortunately, the Lord has giving us the tools that can help us with these matters. These tools include His Holy Bible, prayer, and the church. Unfortunately, many believers do not even use these tools and try to “wing-it” when doing the Lord’s work. Why do Christian not follow God’s design when it comes to His ministries? Like I said before, the culprit is pride.
The Lord is in the Details
In Exodus 27, the Lord instructed Israel in how to build His tabernacle and altar. When I read this chapter closely, I noticed how detailed God was in explaining every component of the articles; from what kind of wood to use to how long each piece was to be. Why were these details important to the Lord?
A Practical Reason
When God designs something, it is for a reason. One of His reasons is practicality. For example, when God was giving directions for building the altar, it was for the purpose of ensuring that the structure would be strong enough to receive the sacrifices which Israel would offer to the Lord.
For Beauty’s Sake
The second reason for God’s design of certain things, I believe, is for beauty’s sake. If we remember in Genesis 1, as God was creating the heavens and the earth, He declared every thing He created as good, or pleasing to the eye. The design of the tabernacle is an example of this; with its walls of purple, blue, and scarlet yarns intertwined together, along with fine linen stitched with embroidery; I can only imagine how beautiful the building was, not just in God’s eyes but in the eyes of the people also.
Making Something Ugly
What can we learn from this chapter in Exodus? It should reminds us that when God gives us instructions to do certain things, we should not take it lightly. When we try to do His work without following His design it will not only produce something that is not practical, but also something that is ugly in the sight of God.
Making Something For God
Therefore, if we want to be productive in our Christian walk, we must obey and follow God’s instruction. To not follow His way out of selfish pride is an act of sin and will cause us to be unfruitful before the Lord. We must humble ourselves and adhere to His design, only then can we produce something that is beautiful and practical before the Lord.