Moses inspects the Tabernacle (Exodus 39:32-43)

Exodus 36:8-39:31 is a repetition of previous material covered.  For those wanting to see how the Tabernacle, its materials, the Ark, Table, Lampstandaltar of Incence, the bronze altar, and the priestly garments all point to Christ see my previous posts by clicking on the appropriate item above.

What is worth looking at today is the inspection process of the Tabernacle.  We are told that,

all the work on the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, was completed.  The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses.  Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses…Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded.  So Moses blessed them. (Exodus 39:32-33, 43)

The Tabernacle is an image in the Scriptures used to describe both Jesus and the Church. As an image of Christ, we see that he performed all the work that God the Father gave him to do.  He lived the sinless life, died the atoning death and redeemed the people of God for the glory of the Father.  Thus the Father is able to declare in advance:

This is my Son whom I love, with Him I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:17)

In Christ we are all presented to the Father without spot or blemish, perfect and acceptable, built into a holy temple.  But the tabernacle is also a picture of the Church and our work on earth.  In this work, we have been assigned tasks: To proclaim the message and to worship the Lord without being defiled by the world.  In Luke 17, Jesus tells about a servant called to work and serve his master.  Listen to the story,

“Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?  Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’?  Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’” (Luke 17:7-10)

As laborer working to build the Body of Christ, we have been given responsibilities in the Church to bring it into proper function.  We are to build upon the work of Christ and establish the body through acts of love and service.  All the Spiritual gifts exist for this reason, and like the craftsmen at the tabernacle, a day will come when we will present our work and it will be inspected by our Lord.  We have no reason to veer from the plans God has given, it is his Church, but in doing our duty, we will be blessed and our Savior will be glorified.

Let us stand firm then, recognizing that though our savior builds us into his body, we are called to build up others and so participate in building a magnificent temple to the glory of God.

About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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