"The Lord said to Moses, "Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them."
There is common confusion among many concerning the "different Gods" in the Old and new Testament. It is almost as if we are talking about two different entities when we discuss versions of both these Biblical writings. The reasoning is based on the fact that many of the writings in the Old Testament speak of wars, judgement, and God's vengeance. Yet, the New Testament is all about love and how God revealed himself to us through Jesus. Yes, there are many harrowing, uprooting stories in the Old Testament, but there are many stories of great love. Today's verse is one of these.
God told Moses to have the Israelites build a sanctuary for him. He called this his Tabernacle. When this artifact was built, he would dwell among his people. Why did he need this sanctuary? Because even then, they were overwhelmed with daily tasks and had difficulty finding room for God when their thoughts ran amiss. This would be the place where sins could be forgiven and peace attained. The instructions were given to build it on Mount Sinai. This law revealed the absolute moral standard that God expected the Israelites to follow in order to live in a proper relationship with him. This is what is expected for us today as we still have difficulties quieting our minds to let God in.
We call our home our sanctuary. There is nothing better then coming home after a rough day to find peace in our midst. We know the moment we walk through those doors we are safe because we are surrounded by God's love. While the outside world goes on and those sounds spill through our windows, we know that we are secure.
In this sanctuary is there a place for God? Is there a place you can glimpse to see his love and forgiveness? Something to remind you of his presence? You know when things get frustrating many run to their retreat of the bedroom, close the door, to keep all the family noise at bay. Is there something in this room, on a table, that enacts the sheer desire of peace and heavenly love?
Make Your Sanctuary
Find a piece of furniture, an altar, to place items.
Find a fabric that resonates peace and love.
Place on it a sign or symbol of God.
Place a religious candle that can be lit.
Put your Bible in the area to remind you to read.
Find something from nature.
Add any other Biblical artifacts God places in your daily path.