Then the Lord said to Moses: 2 “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month. 3 Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain. 4 Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. 5 Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.
6 “Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; 7 place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it. 8 Set up the courtyard around it and put the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard.
9 “Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy. 10 Then anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils; consecrate the altar, and it will be most holy. 11 Anoint the basin and its stand and consecrate them.
12 “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 13 Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. 14 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics. 15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.” 16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.
17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. 18 When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. 19 Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the Lord commanded him.
20 He took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it. 21 Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the Lord commanded him.
22 Moses placed the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain 23 and set out the bread on it before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.
24 He placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle 25 and set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.
26 Moses placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the curtain 27 and burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord commanded him.
28 Then he put up the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle. 29 He set the altar of burnt offering near the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered on it burnt offerings and grain offerings, as the Lord commanded him.
30 He placed the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing, 31 and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash their hands and feet. 32 They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses.
33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work. Exodus 40:1-33
The Lord gave Moses final instructions concerning the tabernacle. Moses and his leaders would get to know this layout well as the Israelites would be traveling through the desert and would need to pull up stakes and go where the Lord directed.
Just as making the articles had to be precise, so was placing them in the exact spot. It took “a place for everything, and everything in its place” to a whole new level. Everything served a purpose even though it probably wasn’t apparent to those who built them.
Have you ever wondered how we fit into the grand scheme of things? Of course we don’t know most of the puzzle pieces that are on the table. We barely know ourselves and we don’t have a clue about our enemies. When God looks down He sees the entire picture as He is orchestrating all of it. He is in control of the nations, the leaders, the ideas, the volumes of people, and us.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that there are pieces of the current virus puzzle that are being manipulated and twisted to suit needs. Any further speculation delves into “conspiracy theory” territory but suffice to say, we are clearly not in control of our lives right now.
We’d like to think we are in control, but we can’t even go into a store without being reminded that we need to distance ourselves from people we’ve never met to combat a virus that is unseen in a city of 100,000 that has had less than 20 known cases.
Fortunately, as Believers in Christ we are not supposed to be in control. We lean on the One who is in control to guide our path, even if it’s through murky and troubled waters.
Especially if it is.