Today the Lord gives instructions for the tabernacle, the portable temple. The tabernacle is broken down into 3 sections: the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place. The outer court is where the sacrifices are offered. The Holy Place has 3 items inside of it: 1) a table for the showbread, 2) a lampstand with seven lamps, and 3) the altar of incense (in tomorrow’s reading). The Most Holy Place contains the ark, which holds the stone tablets where Moses wrote the Lord’s commandments, and the mercy seat. God said about the mercy seat, “there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel”. Next the Lord selects Aaron and his sons to “minister to Me as priest” and He gave specific instructions for their clothing. Part of the instructions included having the names of the 12 tribes of Israel engraved on the ephod, “on the shoulders of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel”, and on the breastplate, “So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy places as memorial before the Lord continually”. See, the Lord is carrying out His redemption plan through the sons of Jacob. One day the people will not have to carry around a portable temple. One day the people will be the temple! “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, whom is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) But for now the Lord has chosen the tabernacle as His meeting place. Keep reading bc the tabernacle will become a temple and then Christ will come and buy His people with His blood making our bodies the temple of the Holy Spirit.