In this last section of Exodus we read about the construction of the tabernacle, everything in it, and all things associated with it. This particular passage records the construction of the priestly garments, which were laid out in Exodus 28. One of the things that struck me the most today was the intricate detail with which God does things, especially through imperfect people.
The descriptions of these garments are honestly difficult to comprehend (some of which is my own dimwittedness I admit), let alone carry out and construct. I can only imagine the guys who had to construct these priestly garments to the perfection of God’s command. That’s some kind of pressure! Let’s be real, I feel pressure trying to follow the instructions for my television stand from Walmart…there’s always that extra screw! Imagine these guys finishing up Aaron’s robe and having an extra onyx stone (hmm…I wonder where that one goes?) Of course that didn’t happen, they carried out God’s plan perfectly 42“According to all that the LORD had commanded Moses, so the people of Israel had done all the work.”
God had an elaborate plan to be with His people in the tabernacle. The perfection with which everything had to be completed was not softened or cheapened in any way so that the people could complete what He was calling them to do. So, how were they able to do it? Look back at chapter 36 real quick:
1“Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the LORD has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the LORD has commanded.”
The Lord empowered these people to carry out His plan to perfection. He gave them the right skill they needed at the right time to do what He called them to do. Likewise, we can be certain that God’s plan in this world and in our lives is just as elaborate and intricate as it was in the days of Exodus. He will not cheapen or soften His plans so we can carry them out on our own power. We can also be certain that when He calls us to serve Him and carry out His plan, He will equip us for every good work He has for us to do (most of which will seem totally out of our ability range).
Maybe you feel like the plan God has laid out before you is beyond your pay grade, over your head, beyond your skill level. You’re probably right. I feel that way every day myself. The good news is that we don’t have to fear our weaknesses when God calls us out for His purposes because it is not in our power that He expects us to carry it out, it is in His. I’ll leave you with a verse that I cling to almost daily and I encourage you to memorize this week and live in light of it moving forward:
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
By: Matt Mofield