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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The "Minutia" of Obedience

"All the skilled men among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman." (Exodus 36:8)

Hours, days, and weeks were spent on constructing the Tent of Meeting according the pattern given by Moses.
They made the tabernacle . . .
They made the curtains . . .
They made upright frames . . .
They made crossbars . . .
Bezalel made the ark . . .
He made the atonement cover . . .
They made the table . . .
They made the lampstand . . .
They made its seven lamps . . .
They made the altar of incense . . .
They also made the sacred anointing oil . . .
They built the altar . . .
They made the bronze basin . . .
They made the courtyard . . .

"A long obedience in the right direction" is how one theologian describes the Christian journey; it is also an accurate description of Israel's construction project. The craftsmen spent no telling how many hours converting the offering materials into an actual tabernacle--a tabernacle filled with ornate furnishings designed by God and crafted according to the designs He revealed to His servant Moses.

Most of the Christian life is just that. Obedience. Sometimes tiring obedience. When understood, joyful obedience. The craftsmen had no idea what would take place once the tabernacle was complete. The "wow" always comes later. In the meantime, another day and another hour of stitchery, metal-smithing, and wood-planing. The minutia of obedience. What may be tiring today is rewarded tomorrow.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Exodus 36:8:-38:31
  • As you read today's passage think about your own life. Is your life marked by a pattern of consistent obedience or times and seasons of momentary aberrations?
  • Encourage your heart with Galatians 6:9
Turning truth into prayer
Pray for those in your life whose obedience seems tired or fatigued. Write them an encouraging note or send them today's devotion.