putting together the holy place

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Exodus 26:15-30

15 “You should make upright frames for the tabernacle of acacia wood. 16 Ten cubits should be the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each frame. 17 There should be two hand holds in each frame, for fitting together. You should do this for all the frames of the tabernacle. 18 You should make the frames for the tabernacle: twenty frames for the south side; 19 and you should make forty bases of silver under the twenty frames, two bases under one frame for its two hand holds, and two bases under the next frame for its two hand holds; 20 and for the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side twenty frames, 21 and their forty bases of silver, two bases under one frame, and two bases under the next frame. 22 And for the rear of the tabernacle westward you should make six frames. 23 And you should make two frames for corners of the tabernacle in the rear; 24 they should be separate beneath, but joined at the top, at the first ring. It should be like this with both of them; they should form the two corners. 25 And there should be eight frames, with their bases of silver, sixteen bases; two bases under one frame, and two bases under another frame. 26 “You should make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle, 27 and five bars for the frames of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the side of the tabernacle at the rear westward. 28 The middle bar, halfway up the frames, should run from end to end. 29 You should overlay the frames with gold and should make their rings of gold for holders for the bars, and you should overlay the bars with gold. 30 Then you should erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain.

putting together the holy place

The framework of the tabernacle was designed to fit together, so that no part of the structure was loose and disjointed. Once put together, the structure would be strong, sound, and capable of surviving the actions performed in it for the purpose of worship, intercession, and atonement. The tabernacle was not a loose set of partitions, capable of being easily assembled and taken down for transport. It took careful and meticulous work to set up this magnificent tent structure. The fact that it was a tent did not lead to its being treated as an inferior object. The fact that it was a symbol of God’s presence among them meant that the Israelites must be meticulous in the maintenance of this object. It was designed and its creation sanctioned on Sinai itself. It was to be as holy as the furniture it housed.

Later the tabernacle would be replaced by the temple, the purposes of both structures being the same: to contain the presence of God and display his glory. The New Testament says that the bodies of believers are a temple of the Holy Spirit.[1] For that reason, our bodies should be well put together, and to the best of our abilities we should seek to make our bodies as healthy and fit as they can be. It is a shame that we often neglect this ministry, thinking somehow that it is more spiritual to focus on our minds rather than our muscles, our spirits rather than our stomachs.

It is true that we do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.[2] But that is no excuse for displaying God’s Spirit in vessels that are shabby and falling apart.

LORD, give us insight into how we can take care of these bodies that house your Holy Spirit.


[1] 1 Corinthians 6:19.

[2] Romans 8:4

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary and church elder.
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