Are you able to fellowship with a holy God?
Once the Tabernacle was set up and everything in place, Moses went to great lengths to prepare it for the worship of God. Although the Tabernacle would be moved several times in the OT, the Tabernacle itself was to remain a permanent fixture within the Israelites’ camp.
1. The location was temporary, but the place was holy.
Nun. 7:1 “And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them;”
2. The Tabernacle was made available for everyone, princes and paupers alike.
V2 “That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered”
3. Everyone had a place of service.
V5 “Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.”
4. Everyone needed a sacrifice.
V10 “And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar.”
LESSON - Our respect for the worship of God should be no different from the Israelites because God has not changed. He remains Holy! We must also remember that we are now His Tabernacle and should strive to keep ourselves holy, knowing that these bodies are as temporary as the Tabernacle itself. Through Christ, everyone (rich or poor) has the ability to fellowship with God and maintain that fellowship by sacrificing ourselves daily on the altar of His word. As a result, we should feel inclined to faithful service out of gratitude for His sacrifice for us.