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Exodus 26:1-27:21

Upon reading the following,

And you shall make fifty clasps of gold and fasten the curtains together with the clasps; then the tabernacle shall be one whole. (Exodus 26:6 AMP)

The Apostle Paul’s words came to me,

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12:5 KJVR)

I believe the Tabernacle represents not only the Body of Christ, the Church, but Christ’s Body as well. I’m not sure how the construction and the furnishings actually match up to the Body, but I have this strong sense that everything, even the placement of the furniture and utensils is represented in the Church and in the New Jerusalem.

Matthew 25:1-30

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids/Virgins amazes me that five women would carry lamps and not have oil to light the lamps. To me that is like carrying a purse with nothing in it, which would make the purse/pocketbook a matching accessory holding nothing of value. If the Kingdom of Heaven is like that then the ramifications and illlustration to us are tremendous: are we for show, carrying the illusions of readiness or are we well prepared for the long haul?

The servant who buried his Talent after clearly being told to invest what was given to him (verse 14), gives two reasons for burying what he was given:

1) The “Master” was hard.
2) The “Master” was a thief.
3) Fear.

However, the Master called him plan old lazy after stating that he was wicked. That I believe was the real reason for God taking away what He had. He didn’t understand or refuse to give the proper value to what was given him. Each was given “gold” according to his ability.

Grace and peace,

I have an additional perspective regarding Matthew 25:14 to 30. God gives us different pots of gold (talent); he knows our capabilities and talent. We are to develop these capabilities and talents and NOT put them to waste. God also does not compare us with each other. He does not compare servant A (given 5 pots of gold) with servant B (given 2 pots of gold). He wants us to continue to learn and grow within ourselves; not comparing ourselves with others and not being calculative or competitive with others. The competition is within ourselves. To those who fail to learn and grow and remain stagnant like servant C, God teaches them a lesson: don’t waste your talent.

Exodus 27:20-21 gives the command that the people of Israel have a responsibility to bring pure olive oil (which represents the Holy Spirit) for the lampstand, so it can be kept burning continually. Aaron and his sons (the ministry/priesthood) were responsible to keep “the lamps burning in the LORD’s presence day and night. This is a permanent law for the people of Israel, and it must be kept by all future generations.”

This leads to the question of why? In Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus gives an parable explanation. The Kingdom of Heaven is like ten bridesmaids, who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five foolishly let their lamps run out of oil. Five others wisely made preparation by bringing extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they slept and the night grew long. When the cry went out, “Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and welcome him!” all the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. The foolish had no oil in their lamps or light to see by and were left out, but the wise had oil or light to guide their way in through the door to the marriage feast. So stay awake! And be prepared because you do not know the day or the hour of my [Jesus speaking] return.

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