Money for a Building

July 23, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 37:1 – 38:31   Please read the passage

The Tabernacle was a packable, transportable, spiritually significant meeting place. God was Designer and Architect. The detailed construction story opened in Exodus 25. Bezalel’s work in building the traveling tent—the Tent of Meeting—the Tabernacle, is detailed in Exodus 37-38.

For thoughtful disciples of Jesus and all investor’s we want to ask: Is there spiritual value in the Tabernacle’s construction details?

Before making your reply please hover over Bezalel’s divinely provided instructions. God through Moses provided exacting details. Just imagine the expense! We know that today’s disciples do not typically travel about the land with similar portable buildings, opting instead for fixed properties. Likewise, we do not have a divinely designated spiritual structure for meeting with God.

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No instructions about rooms, decorations or arks flow over the lips of Jesus or any of his appointed/called/sent leaders. Unfortunately, in spite of this awareness disciples regularly comment, “We’re going to church,” treating a building as if it were the abode of God (Acts 7:47-49).

Buildings which are architecturally attractive, solidly functional or grotesque meeting houses, rise as statements of faith. They communicate some portion of our spiritual vision of God—there is theology in architecture.

Life Applications

How does Exodus 37-38 inform your discipleship?

It is fair to ask: As you look around the buildings and properties of any congregation with which you are familiar, what spiritual messages are communicated?

Do the words of Jesus found in John 4:24 provide any insight on the subject of buildings, tents or other places of connecting with God?

I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. Grace and peace.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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