Doing the Divine Plan

Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it.

He made the atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. Then he made two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.

10 They made the table of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high. 11 Then they overlaid it with pure gold and made a gold molding around it. 

17 They made the lampstand of pure gold. They hammered out its base and shaft, and made its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. 18 Six branches extended from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other.

25 They made the altar of incense out of acacia wood. It was square, a cubit long and a cubit wide and two cubits high—its horns of one piece with it. 26 They overlaid the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and made a gold molding around it.

Exodus 37:1-2, 6-7, 10-11, 17-18, 25-26 (New International Version)

A Man of Detail

Now that the tabernacle is completed, Exodus 37 turns our attention to the construction of the furniture of the tabernacle which consist of the ark, the altar of incense, the table, and the lampstand.  It is amazing that the same man who made the tabernacle,  is also involved in the making of its furniture.  That man called was Bezalel.  We do not know much about him, however from reading how each piece of furniture was made, one could tell that Bezalel was a man who paid attention to every detail.

Following the Plan

As we read the text, we will notice that the order in which each article was built was in the same order which God presented it to Moses on Mount Sinai.  Furthermore, the passage describes the measurements of each piece of furniture and they match the specifications which God showed to Moses.  This suggests that as Bezalel was building the furniture, he consulted the Lord’s plan for them frequently, making sure they were just right.

Doing God’s Plan

What can we learn from Bezalel’s work on the tabernacle?  When we do the work of the Lord, it is important that we follow the instructions which He give to us concerning how to live our lives for Him.  This plan for living right for the Lord is found in His Bible, and when we follow it faithfully, we will experience a life that is complete.

Why is it so important that we follow the Lord’s Word completely?  Let’s consider the steps to assembling a car engine.  If a person does not follow the directions for assembling the engine exactly, it may not run or it may blow up if it is turned on.

The same is true when we do the Lord’s work.  If we deviate from His will at any time, then the work will not produce the results that we or God want.  When this happens, the name of the Lord is not glorified.  It is out of selfish pride that we don’t obey the Lord’s will, and such pride produces nothing good.  Therefore, we must put aside pride and submit ourselves to the Lord’s instructions.  Only when we do so, will we honor God and find a life that is fulfilled.


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