Before the Lord gave instructions on how to build the tabernacle, He told Moses that the Israelites would have to demonstrate a willingness to sacrifice to build His sanctuary (Exodus 25:2). Unless they had the right attitude about the sacrifice of their materials, the sanctuary part of the tabernacle would do them no good.
Even though the Israelites had their shortcomings and their many moments of complaining, they eagerly and willingly responded with joy to the Lord's request. They actually ended up giving way more than was needed for the tabernacle (Exodus 35:20-22, 25-26, 29 & 36:5-7) and they were blessed because of their sacrifice.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME/US?
When I am studying in the scriptures, I try to ask myself, "How can I apply this to my life?" I think sometimes we think of Bible stories as works of fiction, rather than experiences that happened to real, live people. Even though the Israelites lived thousands of years ago, the experiences they had and the lessons they learned can help us through experiences we are having and lessons we are learning.
So, here is my two cents:
The Israelites had made so many "dumb" choices--Desirae has made so many "dumb" choices--but the Lord still loved them and wanted them to have the blessings of the temple, and the same goes for me and you.
The Lord loves us. He asks us to willingly give our hearts to Him and trust in His plan for our lives. That seems like such a simple request considering what we are promised in return...Immortality and Eternal Life.
I'm so grateful that we are blessed with temples today. The temple is a sanctuary for me and is a place where I know the Savior walks frequently. I CANNOT WAIT until the temples are open again so I can partake of the sweet spirit there and continue to perform ordinances in behalf of those who are unable to perform them for themselves.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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