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Exodus 25:9-17

 

You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.

 

“Have the people make an Ark of acacia wood—

A sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.

Overlay it inside and outside with pure gold, and run a molding of gold all around it.

Cast four gold rings and attach them to its four feet, two rings on each side.

Make poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.

Insert the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.

These carrying poles must stay inside the rings; never remove them.

When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,

Which I will give to you.

“Then make the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—from pure gold.

It must be 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.

 

I am overwhelmed by the response to our devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans."  You, our readers, have demanded more and I have listened.  I am expanding this series to thirteen parts, culminating with a final sermon this coming weekend.  As I mentioned in part one of this series, the Bible mentions some sort of planning 411 times, making it an obvious focal point in God's Word.  In part six today, we explore how specific God can be and why it is so important we listen and learn.  God came to Moses and explained that he must build a tabernacle to exactly the correct specifications.  To illustrate His point, God describes the building of the ark of the covenant.  I am using the New Living Translation today so that all of us can relate to the specific dimensions.  Obviously, God did not speak in feet and inches, but He did speak in exact cubits!  This is by no means the only time God gave such specific plans to anyone.  Exodus is full of these kinds of descriptions to Moses.  The same kind of detail was given to Noah regarding the construction of the ark, that would carry his family to freedom and salvation.  If God was this specific about the tabernacle and the ark, should we not realize that often God has detailed plans for us that we must follow?  Many look at the Bible as an inaccurate history/story book.  This simply is not true.  It truly is a book, given to us through the prophets and the apostles, of practical guidelines and plans that should govern our modern-day lives, .  God is rarely vague in His plans.  The problem is that we simply don't listen to the details.  As mentioned before, these windows of opportune obedience are usually small and short-lived.  Don't miss them.  Just Say Yes to God and Get It Done Right!