The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, August 7, 2022 comes to us from Shirley Brosius of Pennsylvania.
8 "Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. 10 "Have them make an ark of acacia wood-two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. 11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. 16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you. 17 "Make an atonement cover of pure gold-two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you. 22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites. 23 "Make a table of acacia wood-two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high. 24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it. 25 Also make around it a rim a handbreadth wide and put a gold molding on the rim. 26 Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are. 27 The rings are to be close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table. 28 Make the poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold and carry the table with them. 29 And make its plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings. 30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times. Exodus 25:8-30 NIV
“Real Life Examples”
I couldn’t imagine how the tabernacle looked by simply reading the instructions God gave Moses in the book of Exodus. But after seeing a life-size reproduction of the tabernacle I understood how the frame, coverings, and curtains fit together. Seeing a model helped me understand the instructions God gave Moses. In the same way, seeing real-life examples of Jesus’ parables helps me understand his teachings.
I see the tenacity of the persistent widow (see Lk. 18:1-8) lived out in a small group as I hear a parent pray for a wayward child year after year. I see the compassion of the good Samaritan (see Lk. 10:30-37) lived out in the care local ministries offer to those who need food or shelter. And when I personally become involved in service activities, I gain even deeper understanding. Then I feel blessed for being a blessing. That’s why I contribute to ministries that help people around the world and why I teach, lead, and work to reach my community through my local church. By seeing we understand. And through serving, we experience and show others what scripture means.
Shirley Brosius reminds us that we can see Jesus at work all around us. When we see any act of kindness or generosity or witness some else’s struggles, we can begin to experience what the Holy Scriptures really mean for our life in the here-and-now. Having begun to understand the message of the scriptures, we can actually embody those lessons by offering that kindness, generosity, and witness to those who surround us. I invite you to think about ways in which you see the scriptures made present in your everyday life. What does that mean and how do you respond to that understanding?
Dear God, thank you or the many blessings you have given us. Help us to bless others by sharing our faith with them and caring for them. Amen.
My Faith Community.
Thought for the Day:
How might I serve as an example of Jesus’ teachings today?