God gives the Israelites a lot of direction in these chapters about how to build a tabernacle, how to construct the mercy seat, how many panels of curtains to place on the columns, how many columns to build, how tall and wide everything is to be. I have to confess that I got a little lost in reading these chapters.
Maybe that’s because I don’t expect it ever to fall to me to build an altar or to ever be in charge of the Urim and Thummin. I don’t expect to need this information. Ever. But even though these instructions seem too far removed from me to have any significance, I know there’s a reason God has included them in the Bible.
Is it simply the fact that God wants us to be obedient? Are the details themselves important? Or is this all about instructing these people who are experiencing freedom and the ability to make choices about certain types of things for the first time in their lives?
I don’t have any answers today. I have no idea why this section is significant for a person like me, standing in the place I’m standing, living the kind of life I’m living. I’ve read these chapters three times and I’m still at a loss.
Does anyone reading this get something I’m missing?
The only thing I know for sure as I write this is that this is about where I usually stop reading. And this time I’m not going to. So even though I have no idea why I read what I just read, or why it’s important for me to blog about it and say absolutely nothing, I know that it’s important to keep reading and to keep blogging. So that’s what I’ll do 🙂