Read: Exodus 36-38
Marked: Exodus 36:3, And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning.
There are parallels in these chapters between the construction of the tabernacle and the building of the church, the body of Christ. The people all contributed the necessary materials. Some brought gold, some silver, others wood, cloth, or animal hides.
The intricacies of construction are detailed in these chapters, from the smallest clasps of gold, which held together the curtains, to the long boards of wood for the framework, without which there would be no unity or strength in its structure.
The New Testament details the building of the body of Christ comprised of people from every tribe and tongue coming together and bringing individual gifts used for the edifying of the church.
Paul describes the gold and silver and other spiritual materials we bring; some bringing wisdom, some knowledge, others faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, and so forth. None of these gifts is less, none are greater, but all are needed to give form and framework to the spiritual tabernacle which is the church (1 Corinthians 12).
Paul says each and every “gift” from each and every individual is needed. But we don’t all bring hands, or feet, or ears, or eyes. If we were all one member where would the body be (1 Corinthians 12:19)?
We might not give much thought to the necessity of a gold clasp in the structure of the tabernacle, but without this seemingly insignificant part it would not stay together nor be as strong.
Those members of the body we think least or weaker are necessary (1 Corinthians 12:22). Together, from smallest to greatest (in our view), to weakest or strongest, we make up the body of Christ, and we are each its members (1 Corinthians 12:27).
We, being fitted together, grow into a holy temple in the Lord, built together for the dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22). We, living stones chosen by God and precious (like gold, silver, or jewels), are built into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5; Romans 12:1-2).