Numbers 7-8 and Psalm 38-39
The Tabernacle played a very important role for the Jews before the Temple era. The Tabernacle served as the central area where the Jews worshiped God. Therefore, it was important that the Tabernacle was well taken care of. We discussed two days ago that the Levites were responsible for the upkeep of the Tabernacle. Although not all the tribes participated in the actual work of the upkeep of the Tabernacle, the tribes did provide gifts for the Tabernacle. When we think about the church today, we may not all partake in the physical upkeep of the church building. However, we should follow the example set in Numbers 7, and everyone should provide for the needs of the church.
After 88 verses describing the different gifts that the tribes presented to the Tabernacle, Moses communicates with God. Moses went into the tent of meeting (the Tabernacle), and God spoke to Moses from above the mercy seat that was on the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God to the Israelites, and it was an extremely important artifact for the Israelites. I, along with Indiana Jones, have often wondered where in the world the Ark of the Covenant is located today.
Chapter eight talks more about the responsibilities of the Levites. Not only were the Levites responsible for the upkeep of the Tabernacle, but they were responsible for serving the people of Israel at the Tabernacle. The upkeep of the Tabernacle and the upkeep of our church buildings are important, but it is all for naught if we neglect the people of God. Therefore, let these two chapters serve as a reminder to provide for our church buildings, but also more importantly to care for the people of God.
A note from Psalms:
“But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.” Psalm 38:15
Praise God that we serve a good God who hears and answers our prayers. God may not always answer our prayers the way we want or expect to, but he will provide an answer. Sometimes, we need to remember to wait on the LORD.