Summary: We will look at God’s commandments and the teamwork required to complete it and carry on the ongoing worship in the temple and the temple to come.
Teamwork Required to Build God’s House
Teamwork to build structure
Teamwork to build our inner witness
Teamwork to build our outer witness
DBF Sunday Sermon, 2/16/03
In my bi-Vocational occupation I am required to work in the Legal Justice System of the State of Alaska. This in no way can compare to the system that God gave to Israel but in some ways are similar.
Many components work together in this system to deliver what is the Justice System of our state.
There or Judges with the court, Attorney’s for the state and defense, Probation Officers appointed to bring about what the courts order, Law Enforcement agencies that investigate violations of state laws, Legislators that work to make laws that will provide for our safety and protection, and the people that are governed by these laws and come into court when in violation of laws or as jurors to facilitate the proper implementation of what man now deems as justice.
Any failure of any of the part of this system result in a failure of the entire system for the party affected. Teamwork is required to make it effective, just as God requires this of us.
If my child is violated, the law enforcement officers investigate and build a case, the prosecutor for the state verifies the evidence and if warranted petitions for a violation of state law, the court determines whether Probable Cause exists to believe the one charged is the one who has committed the crime. Attorney’s are appointed and if all parties told the truth as required by one’s word, then we might have a pretty good system for man.
Yet, the problem is not a new one but an age old problem, which God describes as “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
When faced with earthly consequences, people lie to avoid them. I thank God that no matter what any earthly court may err in, God will righteously judge all men.
Let’s look today at the way God brought man together to work for a common system of setting up HIS Tabernacle with man.
Likewise if our churches and even our own lives are to grow in Christ we must learn to work in harmony to bring about God’s “good and perfect” will, God started to show us this through the work required in bringing together HIS house with us in Exodus 26:15-37, let’s walk with Israel to gain further understanding today.
Teamwork to build structure
Exodus 26:15-30 (KJV)
And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.  Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board.  Two tenons shall there be in one board, set in order one against another: thus shalt thou make for all the boards of the tabernacle.  And thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward.  And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.  And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards:  And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.  And for the sides of the tabernacle westward thou shalt make six boards.  And two boards shalt thou make for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides.  And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled together above the head of it unto one ring: thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners.  And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
 And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,  And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward.  And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end.  And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold.  And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.
And thou shalt make…God starts by commanding you will build the structure of my house and goes on to describe the reinforced structure of HIS initial earthly dwelling place with man.