Who here is perfect? No one? Being perfect in society is hard and being a Christian in society is probably even harder. Society has built a whole view of a perfect person. In school you’re perfect if you have a 4.0 gpa, are a scholar athlete, and are participating in 20 billion extracurricular activities. Being a perfect person at work is doing your job to the “T”, having perfect attendance, being dependable, and maybe even being 20 different people at one time. Life is
As Christians our job is to set an example and show God’s work. Easy, right?
Exodus 40. Building the perfect tabernacle. Building a place fit for God.
Imagine being Moses for a second. This man not only was the one who got to come down from a mountain with God’s commands, but he also got to make this tabernacle a perfect place for God.
Now we can’t be Moses, because God has created us on our own path. But we can work at making our bodies perfect.
James 3:2 “We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” James 3 is about taming your tongue and your body. I relate these two together. Though I’m not creating a tabernacle, I can create a holy body.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- Many of the chapters in Exodus that we didn’t specifically read this week were giving detailed directions for how to make the tabernacle according to God’s plan. Go back and read Exodus 25:1-9. What was the purpose of the tabernacle? How did Moses get the supplies needed? Why so many directions throughout the rest of Exodus?
- In Exodus 40 how many times do we read Moses did, “as the LORD commanded him”? Why is that important?
- What directions are given to us throughout God’s Word for creating ourselves to be a perfect place for God?