Scripture: Exodus 25:1, 8-9, Exodus 29:42-46
And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them. (Exodus 25:8)
The Exodus was so sudden. Practically overnight, the Israelites went from being slaves, struggling to survive making bricks without any straw provided for them to use, to being a free people, but out in a desert they had never lived in. Leaving an Egypt that worshiped frogs, cows, a river and the sun (among other “gods”), the Israelites had a lot to learn about Yahweh, the awe-inspiring LORD who had freed them. And God commanded Moses, “Build me a sanctuary”—a visible symbol that God was in their midst. What are the visible symbols that are important to us? What do we use to maintain a sense of God’s spiritual presence with us?