Week 7  Day 4

The tabernacle had to be durable
      because God thinks long term
      generation after generation
The tabernacle had to be beautiful and top quality
      in material and workmanship
      because God requires our best
The tabernacle with its adornments would be worshipful
      inspiring awe and reverence
      faith and vision.

 
The tabernacle they were making was to be carried with them
      not a burden
      but a constant reminder
      of the God they could see only by faith.


The names of the twelve sons of Israel
      were engraved in stone
      on the priest's adornments
Everyone in the congregation
      could claim their family lineage
      hence everyone belonged
            permanently
            forever
            engraved in stone
            engraved in the heart of God.


                   GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE AND PRECIOUS STONES
                Our eternal God builds with materials that last.
                                              Exodus 38 & 39

    24All the gold that was used in all the work of the holy
place,
was twenty-nine talents and seven hundred and thirty
shekels
[a little over 1 ton]. 25The silver was one hundred
talents and
one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five
shekels [3 3/4 tons]. 
29The bronze was seventy talents and
two thousand four hundred
shekels [2 1/2 tons].
    1 Of the blue, purple and scarlet thread they made the holy
garments for Aaron, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
2He made the ephod.  3They beat gold into thin sheets and
cut it into threads, to work it in with the blue, purple, and
scarlet
thread, and the fine linen, into artistic design.  4They
made
shoulder straps to couple it together.  5The intricately
woven
band of his ephod was of the same workmanship. 
6They set
onyx stones, enclosed in settings of gold; they were
engraved,
as signets are engraved, with the names of the
sons of Israel. 
7He put them on the shoulders of the ephod
as memorial stones.

    8He made the breastplate, artistically woven like the
workman
ship of the ephod.  9They made the breastplate
square by
doubling it; a span was its length and a span its
width when
doubled.  l0They set in it four rows of stones:  a
row with a
sardius, a topaz, and an emerald was the first row;
11the second
row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond;
12the third row, a
jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 13the
fourth row, a beryl, an
onyx, and a jasper.  They were
enclosed in settings of gold in
their mountings.
    14There were twelve stones according to the names of the
sons of Israel:  according to their names, engraved like a
signet,
each one with its own name according to the twelve
tribes.  
21They bound the breastplate by means of its rings
to the rings
of the ephod with a blue cord, so that it would be
above the
intricately woven band of the ephod, and that the
breastplate
would not come loose from the ephod.
    22He made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue.
27They made tunics, artistically woven of fine linen, for Aaron
and his sons, 28a turban of fine linen, exquisite hats of fine
linen,
short trousers of fine woven linen, 29and a sash of fine
woven
linen with blue, purple, and scarlet thread, made by
a weaver.
    30Then they made the plate of the holy crown of
pure gold,
and wrote on it an inscription like the engraving
of a signet:

                             HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
31They tied to it a blue cord, to fasten it above on the turban,
as
the Lord had commanded Moses.
                                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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