Exodus 39:42–43 (HCSB)
42 The Israelites had done all the work according to everything the Lord had commanded Moses. 43 Moses inspected all the work they had accomplished. They had done just as the Lord commanded. Then Moses blessed them.
I’ve chosen to combine multiple chapters, and obviously many pericopes, into one entry. What is covered here is the actual manufacturing of the tabernacle, the furniture to be placed inside and outside of it, and the garments for the priests. Much of the significance of these items was previously covered when God commanded them originally.
What we should be taking note of here is the obedience of the Israelites. And a few things that stand out to me are as follows:
- God, although ultimately in control, is not directly overseeing this construction. He has placed the responsibility into the hands of Bezalel. Sometimes that is how God operates: passing His will, His message, through others to us. Allowing others to guide and lead us. Sometimes this is because He has revealed His plan to others, but not to us, sometimes it is just the way He has ordained the hierarchy. But ultimately, we are responsible for following and obeying God, whatever way He chooses to lead us, just as the Israelite workers did here.
- Bezalel followed God’s instructions. Throughout these chapters we read: “just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” How often are we tempted, or do we, put our own touch, our own spin, on what God has commanded. Success comes from following God’s perfect leadership, not from trying to improve upon it.
- It is interesting that when the project was complete, everything was made, it was brought to Moses to inspect. We are not without peers as God’s children. Just because God raised Bezalel for the task of managing the construction, it does not mean he did not have a peer in Moses to examine and critique the finished project. God places us in community for a reason. Iron sharpens iron. We correct and lift each other up with God’s guidance and wisdom.
Lord, thank You for working in and through us. I pray that we always remember to enjoy the freedoms You bless us with, but follow closely the guidelines You protect us with. Help us to seek each other out for growth and guidance, and be loving towards each other in our correction and blessing. Amen.