Exodus 37: Executing the Details
1. God really likes gold.
2. Why is the ark bigger than the table.
That’s all I got.
At first. So I dug deeper.
What first jumps out at me, is that God has put so much thought, design and creativity into these elements that the Israelites carry around with them. God didn’t chose Bezalel and give him a completely blank slate. He didn’t say make me a box, a table, a lamp and an incense altar.
God gave him direct instructions with his choice of specific textures, colour pallet and materials that God chose.
The same God that designed these elements is the same creative force that also designed the sun, moon, stars, oceans, mountains, plants, animals and us.
God is deeply interested in the details, deeply interested in us.
He knows the number of hairs on our head. (Luke 12:7)
He knit us together in our mother’s womb (Ps 139)
He knows when we sit, stand, speak and what we will say before we even say it (Ps 139:2-4)
I’m amazed that God cares as much about the small things as he does with the larger things.
The second thing that strikes me is the skillful execution by Bezalel based on God’s plans from Chapter 25. Everything is built as to what God had specified. It was executed just as God wanted.
Sometimes I wonder what God thinks of my execution to the design plans that he has laid before me.
Plans to love God.
Plans to love others.
Plans to make disciples.
Plans to forgive, show grace, seek, justice, love mercy, and walk humbly.
On the surface, those plans seem so enormous, so impossible.
But the execution of those plans is very tangible and realized in the small details of our lives.
Do I spend time regularly with God?
Do I seek out my neighbour? Take genuine interest in my coworkers?
Do I invest purposely in my circle of influence by building up and developing others.
Do I donate my time, speak up for others, sacrifice financially, give anonymously, spend time with those who are suffering?
Do I have an inventory of things that I have built throughout the years based of what God has asked of me?
Do I have have lots of plans I know I should finish or do I have projects that demonstrate I have built something.