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09/10/2015 16:56

Building a Tabernacle

I thought about the words "to build". The physical construction of a building. This carries with it, its own set of rules.
But I think the spiritual sense of building is: increasing the presence of or making stronger (an institution, a way of life, spiritual understanding) Perhaps shining the light so bright that no one can miss it, no matter how tightly they close their eyes. Jesus built upon the rock. Moses was commanded to build a house of worship. All were asked to contribute, poor and rich alike.

Exodus 30:15-16
The rich shall not give (multiply) more, and the poor shall not give (diminish) less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the lord, to make atonement for their souls. And though shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for your souls.

Matthew Henry - The rich were not to give more, nor the poor less (v. 15), to intimate that the souls of the rich and poor are alike precious, and that God is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:34; Job 34:19. In other offerings men were to give according to their ability; but this, which was the ransom of the soul, must be alike for all; for the rich have as much need of Christ as the poor, and the poor are as welcome to him as the rich. They both alike contributed to the maintenance of the temple-service, because both were to have a like interest in it and benefit by it. In Christ and his ordinances rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker, the Lord Christ is the Redeemer of them both, Prov. 22:2.
This money that was raised was to be employed in the service of the tabernacle (v. 16); with it they bought sacrifices, flour, incense, wine, oil, fuel, salt, priests’ garments, and all other things which the whole congregation was interested in. Note, Those that have the benefit of God’s tabernacle among them must be willing to defray the expenses of it, and not grudge the necessary charges of God’s public worship. Thus we must honour the Lord with our substance, and reckon that best laid out which is laid out in the service of God. Money indeed cannot make an atonement for the soul, but it may be used for the honour of him who has made the atonement, and for the maintenance of the gospel by which the atonement is applied.

Edited by Luetuck - 09/10/2015 16:57