Then have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them. Exodus 25:8-9
In this chapter God gave extreme detail about how He wanted His sanctuary to be built. Isn’t it amazing that these Israelites were only experienced in making bricks out of mud and straw, however this did not stop God. He supplied the skill and talent to get the job done even though they may have looked like an unlikely bunch.
The Tabernacle was to be the place where God would dwell and guide His people during their wilderness journey. Everything about this tabernacle was meant to be a symbol of something so much greater than a building made with hands. It was built to show the intricacy of how God’s very presence would one day dwell in the hearts of men.
And guess where the Israelites got all of this material to build this tabernacle….from the Egyptians. This was a direct fulfillment of prophecy given to Abraham years before.
However, these blessings the people received from the Egyptians were not received to make them rich. They were given so they could give back to the Lord. The same principle works today. God does not pour out blessings of prosperity on us so we can horde it up and create a grand lifestyle. Blessings are given so we can give back to His work, to the church and to help those in need.
God is still building His church today and He wants to use each one of us to get the job done. We may feel that we have nothing to offer so we hold back. However God takes our natural talents and gifts and enhances them. In actuality it is not what we can do but what God can do through us.
This is what makes Christianity different than any other belief system on earth. All other religions are about man looking for God, but God the Creator of the Universe, is actually looking of us!