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Exodus 37-38:31

Repetition of long lists is the stuff that absolutely drives new Bible readers’ batty, old readers also. This is the stuff that you read and wonder, “Why?” Why the repetition, it was boring then (Chapter 25-27) and it is boring now. Or if you were/are like me, you read sections like this going 100 miles per hour (sorry I am not into kilometers) just to get through it.

I know Mike spoke of this yesterday, before it was spoken of in future tense, now it is in the past tense. Today I think I got it! God may give us instructions, but do we carry those instructions out, here we are given what was done to measure against what was said. How often do we change what we were given to do because we know better? This happens very often when we are given orders by our bosses, or something is ordered by way of contract, we short change the directions. We may do it because we have greater knowledge then those giving the orders. (This is a common refrain, “My boss is an idiot. And if this falls through, I’ll be blamed.”) In reality, we short the order because we are saving the costs for our own pocketbooks or to save on “time,” it will take longer to use that particular material. The type of wood used, acacia wood is hard and very dense and to work with it would mean lots of time was needed to work the plans and to keep the tools sharpened. Contractors frequently short the list of materials either by using cheaper materials or cutting the measurements of the job. We have compliance officers or inspectors, sometimes, who are paid off, to insure that the work is held to the original standard. We have this belief in the United States, at least, that “whistle blowers,” are to be shunned and possible fired, if they tell. In New York City, sometimes, with new tall Residential buildings, a building will build more stories than the zoning ordnances allowed or stated in the original plans. They usually are fined something inconsequential compared to what will be made on selling or renting out the extra floors, or they are told to build a public space, such as a park, on the grounds. This space is usually constructed to be hidden from public view.

God is giving us the tools to test not only His work, but the compliance of those who did the work. Unlike men, who look the other way or punish those who “tell”, God is in the Testing and Compliance business:

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (1 Corinthians 3:12-14 KJVR)

Grace and peace,

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