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Make for Me a Sanctuary!
Exo. 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (KJV)
Words like "tender" and "sensetive" are not words usually associated with HaShem, the God of Israel and Creator of this world. Does it seem disrespectful, even profane, to think in these terms? Dear one, God is omnipotent and omniscient, far beyond time and space, let alone any human-like emotion. It is true that Torah describes God in humanlike terms, referring to His "mighty hand" and His "outstretched arm." But we understand these descriptions to mean God's awesome powers. And please remember, God's wrath is also used to describe His anger and displeasure when we disobey Him, and clearly, God also displays His gracious and loving compassion, forgiving us when we sin (Ps.103:12; Mic.7:19; Heb.8:12; 10:16-17; 1 Jn.1:7-9). God's desire to forgive us is so important to our continued existence that it cannot be denied. To apply terms like tender or vulnerable to HaShem (God), seems far beyond what most think of Him, but dear one . . . our GOD IS GOOD! (Gal.5:22-23; Eph.5:9). I believe that God’s tenderness and sensitivity are at the very heart and spirit of His message to us.
Exo.25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. (KJV)
Almighty God has already dispensed the Laws regulating civil behavior between man and neighbor, and Moses has already for the time being transferred authority to Aaron and Hur to oversee Israel’s well-being while he is gone. Hur was a companion of Moses and Aaron in the Hebrew Bible. He was a member of the Tribe of Judah. His identity remains unclear in the Torah itself, but is expounded in Rabbinical Commentary.
Exo 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (KJV)
God has one thing on His Mind and in His Heart: God, having created the heavens and the Earth, the oceans and the continents, the living creatures and man, now has just one desire, He simply wants to live among His most precious creation, mankind, and His children Israel.
The all-powerful God, who created reality out of nothing (Gen.1), who turned lifeless clay into living man and breathed into man a pure and eternal soul (Gen.2:7), cannot dwell among us, cannot be our neighbor, IF we, puny man, refuse to let Him do so. This is what is so tender in God's appeal to Moses. God is appealing to man's goodness, to the generosity of our hearts to reach out, create a space and let Him in. God humbles Himself before His children. Make for Me a sanctuary is NOT a command. It is NOT a "do this or else." It is not even a "do this for your own good." God wants us to help finish His unfinished work of Creation. God made for mankind a world, but His deep desire is that He may rest in comfort and peace among His people . . . BUT we must open our heart’s door (Rev.3:20), and let Him in.
I believe that God asks each person individually to let Him into our hearts . . . and God is asking Israel as a nation, to open their heart, and make a place, a physical building, in the heart and center of its nation, to build a Sanctuary, a Tabernacle, a dwelling place . . . where God can rest His Presence and dwell among His Creation forever. This seems to have been His intention from the beginning of Creation . . . to depend exclusively upon mankind, His creations. It is sad indeed that the vast majority of people in the world, BOTH Jews and Gentiles, do not realize just how much God loves us. Dear one, it is our duty and our privilege, to love and trust Him in faith, because God loves us.
Can we do what God expects us to do? The answer is YES! God NEVER gave Israel a command that she could not fulfill, and this is no exception.
Lightning, thunder, smoke and fire made their horrifying appearance (Ex.19:16-18; 20:18-21), when Moses went up to Mount Sinai for the Ten Commandments. But God does not want to speak to His children forever from the top of a scary mountain! God wants us to come near to Him (Ex.16:9; Num.16:5; Eze.44:16), He wants to be reachable, He wants to receive our prayers and offerings, and to rejoice with us our festivals and holy days.
Israel DID answer God’s call, and built for Him not only the Tabernacle in the wilderness, but also the First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem. But God's dream was shattered some 2000 years ago, and failure to keep the bargain all those many years ago is not an apology for postponement today. God seems to be fully aware that this Commandment, this request, despite its easy possibility, was deep-seated and maybe overwhelming. Even Moses at first was uncertain . . . as to how mankind can build a physical building that could contain and house an Endless God? But God reassured Moses that the determination to do it, along with a large, loving heart, was all that was needed to get it done.
God says "Make for Me a sanctuary". God has done SO much for us, surely He deserves this! We need to cast out our pessimism, our disbelief, our fears and hesitations, and especially our own endless wishes and desires for (me, me, me), to put the final touches to Creation, and do this for God? God waits for our answer.
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