God is specific about the building of the Temple - or Tent of Meeting. While this was a nomadic building, it was done with great precision and attention to detail.
And there is a strict accounting of the value of all the materials used. I've always wondered about this strict accounting. Is it because of the money or because of the ransomed men it represents. There are more than half a million of them.
The monies were used to make the bases for the sanctuary and curtain and the hooks for the posts and to overlay the tops of the posts and to make the band. Essentially this is the base and the fastenings that hold things together.
Is there a contemporary comparative? Are the people the base of the church. I'm not talking about our sectarian, denominational churches, but the body of Christ, the church. And are they the fastenings that hold it together? If it isn't, it should be.
So how do we become the base and fastenings of this temple that the Spirit of God can inhabit? What foundation can we bring?
Our first footing is faith, faith that God is faithful and will bring to fruition all that He intends. The second layer of this foundation is our understanding of the Word of God. We build this by constant study and continually reading the scriptures. Anything built on this foundation will be sturdy in the fiercest storm.
But what about the fastenings? That which knits all Christians together is their love of God. If we love him, we are connected to all the others who love him.
We complete the circle by letting our love of God spill over to love others as well. And they will know we are Christians by our love.
Help us to remember the root of love is in You. And help us to get ourselves out of the way so that we can be channels of Your love to others.
In Jesus' most precious name.