Reading Exodus as a tale of two ancient Near Eastern construction projects.
Why did God want a sanctuary?
A mob built the Golden Calf; a community built the Tabernacle.
The home of the Ark of the Covenant before the First Temple was built.
One horn of an altar, a goblet, and a ceramic pomegranate.
The ends don’t justify the means.
A sanctuary in the heart.
God’s spirit and God’s image.
“To work and guard it.”
The Tabernacle has to measure up.