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Saturday, August 18, 2012

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In the early days of the beginning of the United States, the Protestants built simple and plain houses of worship. They called their village churches the “Lord’s Barn.” This practice was in response to the tremendous cost in building impressive cathedrals. It was meant to emphasize that the spoken Word of God was the heart of true worship, not huge cathedrals.

 

In God’s system of worship given to ancient Israel there was a balance between excessive simplicity and display. Gifts for the dedication of the tabernacle were designed not to exceed the common person’s ability to give. In Numbers 7 there are two sets of gifts described. The first set of gifts was meant for the Levites who were charged with moving the contents of the tabernacle.  These gifts were given by the leaders of Israel and the people watched as the leaders gave six wagons and twelve oxen for the service of the Lord.

 

The second set of gifts by the leaders was to be given over a period of twelve days.  Each day the numbers were the same—one plate, one basin, one dish, one bull, two oxen, and so on.  The people must have been deeply affected as they watched this, including the children.  Giving became attractive, and no person feared financial embarrassment before God.

 

The LORD indeed was their Righteousness as He is ours.

 

Mark Sheffield

Southern Adventist University