- Today’s Reading:
- Exodus 23:14 - 25:40
- Exodus 26:1 - 27:21
Exodus 23:14 - 27:21
Today I read all of God's instructions for the building of the tabernacle, the ark and the robes of the priests. I will say right now that I am really bad at visualizing these things even though very good descriptions were given throughout the entire reading.
So instead I did some googling to see some models of what the tabernacle might have looked like. Of course those are just man made suggestions and not a single one of them could capture the splendor of the tabernacle. After all it was a place built for God to actually converse with His people. That alone makes it a glorious place.
I can't imagine all the work that went into building the tabernacle. Verse 25:39 says that it would take 75 pounds of gold just for the lamp stand and its accessories. 75 pounds! Let's do some math:
Current price of gold at 2:30 PM CT on Feb 28, 2012: $1,722.93 / Ounce
Price per pound of gold @ $1,722.93: $27,566.88
Price for 75 pounds of gold @ $27,566.58 per pound: $2,067,516Two million, sixty-seven thousand, five hundred and sixteen dollars worth of gold. For a lamp stand. In case you're wondering I did not round or omit the change. Using the numbers given for the current price of gold at the time I wrote this it came to a completely even number without any change.
I simply cannot imagine how beautiful that place would have been. Simply amazing. Now of course I wonder what happened to the tabernacle and to the ark? I think the answer to the ark is an age old question that many people wonder about. The rest I will just have to wait and see what else I learn.