Working together to build the Church of Jesus Christ: Exodus chapters 35 & 36 give us a beautiful picture of how God wants to build His Church, the universal body of Jesus Christ. Without any doubt, God, the Master Architect and Designer, designed every detail of the Tabernacle, and verbally conveyed the details to Moses (Exodus 25:1 – 31:18). God also renewed His covenant with the children of Israel (Exodus 34:10-26), and made Moses write down all the words of the covenant including the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:27-28). Moses gave the instructions to the children of Israel as to what is required from them in building the Tabernacle, which is to willingly and cheerfully bring offerings to the Lord of articles that are required to build the Tabernacle (Exodus 35:1-19). The people gave offerings freely and in abundance (Exodus 35:20-29; 36:3-7). God called out Bezalel and Aholiab and gifted them with wisdom, understanding, design and work expertise and teaching skills to provide technical leadership to all the other gifted artisans and craftsmen in this building project (Exodus 35:30-36:2). Based on very specific design instructions (Exodus 36:8-38) the Tabernacle building project started in full swing.
When we apply this concerted work to a spiritual level, Jesus Christ is building His Church even today. He declared in Matthew 16:18b “…I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it”. The Church of Jesus Christ is being built with Jesus Christ being the foundation stone (Matthew 16:18a, 1 Cor. 3:11; 10:4). We are the living stones of the Church (1 Peter 2:5), as well as God’s fellow workers (1 Cor. 3:9a). God has given us different intrinsic abilities that we should use to build His church. As the children of Israel under the leadership of Moses build the Tabernacle, let us realize what our abilities are these days, rise up and work together to build the Church of Jesus Christ.