When it was time to leave Sinai and venture forth, preparations and instructions were made for a mobile sacred space to hold the tablets of the ten commandments on the journey to the promised land. Soon the Lord made known to Moses that the Israelites would be traveling at a pace the Lord, Himself, would set, to cross the wilderness and reach the land of Caanan, the promised land. Such a long and arduous journey required an adequate sacred space for the Ten Commandments, that is the two stone tablets upon which was written the Law. The tent or tabernacle would also have to be grand enough for the Lord to give Moses instruction all throughout the journey. The Lord’s Name would reside in the tent. The Lord gave Moses strict requirements for the construction of the Ark of the Covenant and the meeting tent. Read the meticulous details about the design of the tabernacle (Exodus 25-28) and you will understand the tremendous love Almighty God has for every little embellishment and ornamentation made to glorify His holy Name. He said (Exodus 31:2-11), “See, I have chosen Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with a divine spirit of skill and understanding and knowledge in every craft: in the production of embroidery, in making things of gold, silver or bronze, in cutting and mounting precious stones, in carving wood, and in every other craft. As his assistant I have appointed Oholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. I have also endowed all the experts with the necessary skill to make all the things I have ordered you to make: the meeting tent, the ark of the commandments with the propitiatory on top of it, all the furnishings of the tent, the table with its appurtenances, the pure gold lampstand with all its appurtenances, the altar of incense, the altar of holocausts with all its appurtenances, the laver with its base, the service cloths, the sacred vestments for Aaron the priest, the vestments for his sons in their ministry, the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense for the sanctuary. All these things they shall make just as I have commanded you.”
Give thanks to the LORD for He is good and His love is everlasting. Give thanks for the beauty you see with your tremendously complicated eyes, perceived with the vastly incomprehensible mechanisms of the brain. Our loving God has provided us with all these wondrous things that tend to be taken for granted. The only time we may acknowledge the wondrous physiological properties of our very own bodies is when something is wrong…we get sick, we falter, and worse. Take a moment today to raise your hearts and minds to thank the LORD for his awesome creation because He notices…He hears….He sees.