"There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by My glory. I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve Me as priests."
As we read the description of the Tabernacle and its furnishings in this and similar passages throughout the Bible we learn some simple facts that underlie everything that is said.
There are some things that are holy, consecrated, set apart for God. There are times, places, garments, furniture and people who are to be treated with special reverence because they are holy.
We ignore these facts to our own hurt. God takes these things seriously and so should we.
Our world scoffs at this attitude. The tendency to reject authority, to refuse to recognize any one or anything as worthy of respect is clearly a part of our rebellious heart toward God. The old “you can’t tell me what to do” attitude breaks out in rebellion against this concept of reverence.
Politics aside, our governing authorities are to be treated and spoken of with respect. Even if I happen to think they are wrong, they are appointed by God - not just by human elections - and they are His servants, put in place by Him for my good.
Parents and elders are to be honored; there’s even a commandment specifically addressing that!
Church, the times and places we gather for worship, and those who minister to me there are to be held in reverence. The Word of God that they teach me is life and a gift from God, not to be despised or treated as though it were unimportant.
Lord, adjust my attitudes. Forgive the rebellious scoffing of a sinful heart and remind me when I fall back into it. Give me a heart of grateful reverence toward You and toward the times, places, and people that You use in my life as opportunities to meet with You. Amen!
Pastor Dan Giles