Exodus 40:18-19, 21, 25, 27 – “as the Lord commanded”

Exodus 40:18-19, 21, 25, 27
18
And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and fastened his sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up his pillars.
19 And he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it; as the Lord commanded Moses.
21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the vail of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony; as the Lord commanded Moses.
25 And he lighted the lamps before the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.
27 And he burnt sweet incense thereon; as the Lord commanded Moses.

-The phrase “as the Lord commanded Moses” is repeated 13 times throughout this section of scripture dealing with the tailoring of the ephod and setting up of the tabernacle.  The Lord had previously commanded Moses that he “make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount” (Exodus 25:40) and the Bible makes it very clear that Moses remembered this instruction every step of the way.  Why is this important?  While certainly making an ephod and building a tabernacle for the Lord is a nice gesture, the Lord Himself seems just as concerned (if not more so) with making sure these items are laid out according to His will.  This is an important lesson especially in regards to contemporary forms of serving the Lord.  It is not enough to stamp the Lord’s name on our practices and declare that worship and service.  The Lord has a very precise way that He chooses to be followed and as we see in Exodus, it is vitally important that we do “just as the Lord commanded”.  “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.” (Ecclesiastes 5:1)

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