The provision for the priests is just a small slice that contributes to what God wants to accomplish.
THE BIG PICTURE:
What is the purpose of the tabernacle that the people are building? Why are there priests who are collecting for this work? Every detail of the tabernacle has been given in order to for a masterpiece to be created. The provision for the priests is just a small slice that contributes to what God wants to accomplish. We should not lose sight of the big picture.
43 There I will also meet with the people of Israel. My glory will make the place holy.
44 “So I will set apart the tent of meeting and the altar. And I will set apart Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests.
Ultimately, the Lord wanted to have His signature on the community that builds Him a temple. God explained what He is trying to do with the tabernacle, which is to make His glory dwell among the people. It was so He can meet with His prophet and His people. He was establishing a point of contact so He can speak to them. God wanted to open channels of communication. He wanted a relationship. God said that when everything was holy, then:
45 …I will live among the people of Israel. And I will be their God. 46 They will know that I am the Lord their God. They will know that I brought them out of Egypt so I could live among them. I am the Lord their God. (Exo 29:45-46)
When the provision comes from God and not from secular work, the ones receiving the provision are also made holy.
God took so much trouble in making sure the tabernacle was sanctified, and everything in it was set apart for His purposes. When the provision comes from God and not from secular work, the ones receiving the provision are also made holy. He did it to consecrate a place for the presence of His glory, to live with his people and be their God and so that they would understand the meaning of their salvation.
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