Couple notes from my Life Application Study Bible....
The altar of burnt offering was the first thing the Israelites saw as they entered the tabernacle courtyard. Here sacrifices were constantly made. Its vivid presence constantly reminded the people that they could only come to God by means of the sacrifice. It was the only way their sins could be forgiven and taken away. In Hebrews 10:1-18, Jesus Christ is portrayed as the ultimate sacrifice. This teaches that we are not to seek any other means to having a personal relationship with God. No counselling theory, Eastern mysticism, or modern ideas of spirituality can remove our sin. Jesus is our only High Priest today. Put all your confidence in him.
It is clear from all of these instructions that there was going to be a lot of skill involved in crafting everything for the tabernacle and the priestly garments. God has given all of us special skills. God wants to fill us with His Spirit so that we will use these skills for His glory, not our own. How can you and I use our gifts and talents to help people and glorify God?
Reading Philemon reminded me again of how encouraging Paul was to his friends and the people he ministered to. Can you imagine getting one of his letters? His love and dedication is clear, but so is his willingness to challenge, convict, and hold accountable! Are we being that type of friend to those around us? Do we build them up in love? Do we love them enough to challenge them in their walk with God? Do we try to reconcile two believers who are at odds with each other? Do we do so humbly, and in love - not from a position of power or authority? Do we share with others our faith, our resources, and our love? Do we have someone we need to forgive?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Exodus 29-30; James 1