Today’s reading begins with instructions on the design and construction materials of the Tabernacle and concludes with the description of the temple garments to be worn by the priests of the Tabernacle.
While Moses was on Mount Sinai in the presence of God, the LORD had given specific instructions for the furnishings of the Tabernacle including the Ark of the Covenant, the Table of Showbread, and the Golden Lampstand. After describing the furnishings for the Tabernacle, God goes on to describe the actual design and construction of the Tabernacle structure.
What’s always noteworthy to me about he description of the Tabernacle, its furnishings, and the garments for the priests of the Tabernacle is how ornate everything was that belonged to the Tabernacle. Gold and silver plated items. Other items made from solid bronze. Garments made of precious jewels. The Hebrew people were essentially nomads wandering about the desert and instead of making due with existing items to use in worship rituals, God insisted that the Israelites craft new materials from costly materials that would spend the next 40 years being hauled around the wilderness. God insisted on nothing but the best from His people that they would use to worship Him.
A phrase that the LORD continually uses in this passage is “for glory, and for beauty”. When God instructed Moses about each element of His Tabernacle, He was careful to let Moses know that everything that was crafted for the Tabernacle was to reflect God’s glory and demonstrate His beauty.