EXODUS 26:1-27:21 | MATTHEW 25:1-30 | PSALM 31:1-8 | PROVERBS 8:1-11
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The details are elaborate. But they are evidently followed accurately by Moses. And so it is written that the Tabernacle, the altar, the courtyard, and the lampstand are built according to specification. The Jewish people now have a structured way to conduct worship, and Aaron and his sons are appointed the chief priest and keepers of the Temple.
But turning to our reading in the gospel of Matthew, in keeping with the theme from yesterday, Jesus continues to stress the importance of keeping watch for the day when the end will come. There’s the parable of the ten virgins — five foolish and five wise, and the parable of the talents.
May it be that we are like the wise virgins who exercised foresight in taking enough oil for their lamps, and also like the resourceful men who made wise choices to use and increase what was entrusted to them in anticipation of the return of their master.
The Psalm for the day is yet another one in which David pours out his heart to God. He says:
2 Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Finally, Solomon, wise king of Israel gives an exhortation on the import of choosing instruction, knowledge and wisdom over all the material riches of the world. He says:
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word. Amen.