Opportunities or Bust?

32 So all the work on the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, was completed. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses. 33 Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses: the tent and all its furnishings, its clasps, frames, crossbars, posts and bases; 34 the covering of ram skins dyed red and the covering of another durable leather and the shielding curtain; 35 the ark of the covenant law with its poles and the atonement cover; 36 the table with all its articles and the bread of the Presence; 37 the pure gold lampstand with its row of lamps and all its accessories, and the olive oil for the light; 38 the gold altar, the anointing oil, the fragrant incense, and the curtain for the entrance to the tent; 39 the bronze altar with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils; the basin with its stand; 40 the curtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases, and the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard; the ropes and tent pegs for the courtyard; all the furnishings for the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; 41 and the woven garments worn for ministering in the sanctuary, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when serving as priests.

42 The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 43 Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses blessed them. Exodus 39:32-43

We don’t know how long it took Moses to inspect the work of the craftsmen. We do know that he liked what he saw and he blessed the people for it.

When Moses had descended Mt. Sinai and rebuked the people for making a golden calf, they saw a different side of him.

Now, months later, he could honestly bless them for their great work. We don’t know what happened during those silent months except everybody seemed to be building or supporting those who built. The Israelites seemed to be focused on getting the tabernacle built that they didn’t have time to indulge in foolish and irreverent behavior.

It’s interesting to hear people talk about what they’re doing while they’re “sheltering in place” for this coronavirus. Some are bored to tears while others have rediscovered old hobbies and renewed friendships.

This is an opportunity like we’ve never had before. For those who don’t see it as an opportunity, though, it’s just a drain on their emotions.

Do you see this as an opportunity of just a pain? I’d like to hear your side of the story.

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