Tabernacle

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When a country’s population forgets the idea of, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” and replaces it with the ideas of, “I’m entitled” and “I have a right to..” it shouldn’t be a shock to see that nation deteriorate. This deterioration takes place on...

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Devotion on Steroids

A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ Post by Rebecca Masinter Numbers 7:1 says, “And it was on the day that Moses finished erecting the Tabernacle…” Ancient Jewish wisdom asks why Moses is credited with the Tabernacle when we know that Betzalel, Ahaliav, and a team of others actually did the work.  The answer is that Moses is...

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Pebbles and Panoramas

My children constantly fascinate me when we hike in breathtakingly beautiful British Columbia during the summer. Some of them visibly thrill to the vast vistas and magnificent landscapes revealed as we crest a hill.  Others seem oblivious to the large scale spectacles but will stoop to pick up a pebble which can absorb their attention...

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What Do You Do?

A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ post by Rebecca Masinter I was thinking about chapter 40 in the book of Exodus. Ancient Jewish wisdom describes how  God wanted to give Moses the honor of assembling the Tabernacle because he hadn’t been involved in the contribution and building process.  The words used by one transmitter are, “she’lo asa...

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat – Again and Again

After two tragic airplane accidents, Boeing is in the news. Possible liability has depressed its stock price and shaved tens of billions of dollars off the company’s valuation.  I covered troubling questions of cut corners in the design of the latest generation of the 50-year-old 737 and the disturbing relationship between government and one of...

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No Results Guaranteed

A “Your Mother’s Guidance” post by Rebecca Masinter The book of Exodus ends with the completion and assembly of the Tabernacle.  The description of assembling the materials, building the vessels, and sewing the tapestries and clothing for the Priests are in the active tense, “and he made,” “and he placed,” with one exception.  Verse 40:17...

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Olive Oil and Resilience

A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ post by Rebecca Masinter Exodus 27:20 provides the direction to crush olives to prepare clear olive oil to use in the Tabernacle.  The children of Israel are often compared to olive oil.  One of these ways is that just as olives need to be pressed and crushed before they release their...

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Everyone Needs to Give

A “Your Mother’s Guidance” post by Rebecca Masinter In the Sinai desert, the Tabernacle was the place where human beings could get closest to God.  Building it was a project for everyone—no exceptions.  Everyone in the nation contributed to it. In our homes, we often have different people with different strengths, weaknesses, and contributions to...

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Does God use art to reveal spiritual lessons?

Hi. I’ve just seen your TV show about music complementing scripture and how it is used to help understand God’s intent in his words. What about art being used in this way? (a picture says a thousand words) Are there examples in scripture where God uses art to help people in their understanding? Thanks, John...

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Harvey and Montgomery

If you’ve never seen the delightful 1950 movie in which Jimmy Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd whose friend is a six-foot invisible rabbit eponymously named Harvey, you might enjoy it.  I too have an invisible friend, though I don’t know how tall he is because he is, well, invisible!  He happens to be a highly...

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