Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 4th: Exodus 36-38 James 4 ~ Nathan
In our reading out of Exodus, we read about how the Israelites were instructed to build the tabernacle, as well as the Ark, Table, Lampstand, Alter of Incense, Alter of Burnt Offering, Bronze Basin and the Court. This task was given to the Levites, and it must have been both an honor to be entrusted to do this, as well as a little stressful. As a homebuilder I know the importance of a blueprint - a few small miscalculations in measurements can lead to a large problem when finishing off the job sometimes.
It must have been an honour to be chosen to do this job, and God provided all the workmen and materials needed, even an abundance as mentioned early in our reading. With the specific instructions that were given, there must have been a little pressure felt to make sure the job was done right, especially when considering who this was for and what the Tabernacle was to be used for.
In our reading out of James, I notice it talks about our own arrogance and selfishness. It mentions this at the beginning when it talks about us wanting worldly items which leads to us sinning (verse 2). Then the passage moves on to warn us about how we speak, and again not to think of ourselves as above others by judging them. Finally it talks at the end about us boasting about what we're going to do, acting like we're in control when really God is in charge.
This is both a reminder to me, and a lesson, that I need to be more humble. Everything I have is from God and everything I do is thanks to God allowing it. We're just small parts, God is everything.