Today we read God’s very specific directions for building His tabernacle and the things that go in it. It can be difficult for us to read through such directions if we don’t see any connection between ourselves and the tabernacle that was built thousands of years ago. I know I have struggled in the past with keeping my eyes focused and my mind receptive as I have read these passages in the past. As always what is necessary for our Bible reading to be spiritually profitable is discernment what this, or similar passages, mean to us today.
Here is what I take from such detailed instructions concerning the construction of God’s tabernacle. The tabernacle was a movable place of worship. It was a place that went with the Israelites as they sojourned through the wilderness – a place that was not their home. This was the place where they came to hear from God, to talk with God, to build their relationship with God. This was a moving temple. Today, as a Christian God’s temple is not to be found in a movable tent but rather in one’s heart. Having submitted our lives to the authority of Christ, His Holy Spirit has come to reside within our hearts. This is where we go to build our relationship with Him. This is the place of true worship. Don’t get me wrong, reading our Bibles every day is an important part of our building our relationship with God as is coming together regularly in fellowship with fellow Christians. Still, all relationships with Christ live in the hearts of those who belong to Him.
Our passage today tells us how seriously God takes the details of His temple. How have you been treating His temple? Have you been dumping junk into the temple? Have you been letting the temple get run down? Think about it. If you were given responsibility for maintaining the very place where God resides, would you allow pornography into it? Would you allow toxic substances to be dumped into it? Would you allow dirt and grime to build up? I suspect you would regularly inspect the place, repairing any damage done over time. You’d wipe away smudges; you’d repair or replace shingles. You’d clean and paint any surfaces that were less than spectacular. You’d have the place swept and mopped regularly – wouldn’t you? This is the place where the One True God, a Holy God, the Creator of the Universe, the Lover of Your Soul, the one who died upon a cross for you lives.
So again I ask you, how have you been treating His temple? Your body is His temple. You need to eat right. You need to exercise. You need to reject that which defiles the temple physically and spiritually. You need to keep yourself in the best possible condition so you are ready at all times to be obedient to God’s call on your life. God living within you is not a small thing. It is not something to take lightly. Let us each recommit ourselves to better upkeep of God’s Holy Temple. Remember, He now lives within you!