Thursday, October 1, 2009

26: The Tabernacle

Exodus 25-27
I'm going to tell you right now, I don't have much to say today. The entire section today is God telling the Israelis the random stuff he wants them to build. God tells Moses to go ask all of the Israelis for gold. They must have had a lot of it to give (stolen from the Egyptians) because they're lining pretty much everything they are going to make with gold.

The Ark (of the covenant, I suppose): gold molded and gold covered inside and out.

The table: gold molded and gold covered.

The lampstand: made of pure gold.

The tabernacle: gold covered frames, among other extravagances.

This begs the question, why does God care about gold? I think the general consensus is that humans like it because 1. It's pretty AND 2. its rare (which would explain why we don't assign much of a value to "fools gold"). But to God, rare has no meaning, because he created gold to start with so he could presumably make all the gold he wanted (and the structures he's telling the Israelis to make for that matter).

Maybe you could say that the Israelis are sacrificing their things to God as a sign of the covenant. But that still doesn't explain why they had to line everything with gold, considering gold has no intrinsic value especially to God.

1 comment:

  1. Eh, well, We can buy macaroni from the store for dirt cheap but if our kid makes a cute picture out of it then it means alot more to us. Also, it's because humans value gold so much and willing to sacrifice it that it could mean something to God. Like all those scenes in a movie where a kid gives someone a prized possession (a toy?). But what do I know, I'm not a Christian.

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