Pulpit Commentary Homiletics
I. ALL WAS ACCOMPLISHED AS GOD HAD COMMANDED.
1. Successfully. It might have been feared that though the tabernacle was erected there would be some failure in this more delicate and ornate work; but all is perfectly executed even to the smallest details. In the work of him whom God has called by name there will be no failure. His work will be presented faultless, and every word which God has spoken will be fulfilled.
2. Faithfully: as they failed in nothing, so they added nothing. In God's work there must be no alloy of human devices. In worship, ordinances, life, our sole guide must be God's commandment.
II. THE CONTENTS OF THE TABERNACLE: THE FOURFOLD ADORNMENT OF THE BELIEVER'S LIFE.
1. The ark, the meeting-place of righteousness and peace. The heart in which God's law is set, on which the atonement rests, and which is bathed in the glory of the Divine love. There is, in a word, living faith.
2. The table of shew-bread: a yielded life, the sacrifice presented before God of body, soul, and spirit.
3. The candlestick: "ye are the light of the world."
(1) There is life, which in the measure it exists is, like Christ's, the light of men. It shows the reality and power of God's grace.
(2) There is labour in word and doctrine. God's mind and will are understood.
4. The incense altar, the uplifting of holy desire and intercession for all men. Are these things found in us? They may be. It is the work to which Christ has been called, and he is waiting to accomplish it in us. - U.