You shall put in it the ark of the Testimony, and partition off the ark with the veil. You shall bring in the table and arrange the things that are to be set in order on it; and you shall bring in the lamp stand and light its lamps. (Exodus 40:3-4)
In these and the ensuing verses, the different furnishings and partitions of the Sanctuary are set in place and in the proper order as prescribed by the Almighty. In fact, there are seven different items mentioned, starting with the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies, and concluding with the court. In other words, proper order dictated that the first piece to be set in place was in the heart of the Tabernacle; the others were set in place working from the inside moving outwardly. Look at it this way — where God resided came first followed by the others and concluding where most of the people would gather.
It occurs to me that that these seven different parts and pieces may correspond to the seven days of Creation, which began with the appearance of light and concluded with the creation of man, followed by a day in which God rested from His work. My point is, thematically, the way Israel was instructed to set up the Tabernacle — for the purpose that God might dwell among His people — seems to follow the order and reflect the purpose of Creation. In both accounts it is very clear that God’s way is orderly, precise and perfect. When His instructions and order are followed, the end result is perfection.
If God’s order can be seen in the Creation account and in the establishment of the Sanctuary, should we not consider that there is an order to our lives, that is, if we are seeking to follow Him? We are told that the steps of a good man are “ordered” or “established” by the LORD (Psalm 37:23). It is clear, then, that if we are seeking His Kingdom and yearning to live upright before Him, He has established each and every step we are to take.
There is a proper order to how our lives are to take shape so that His purpose for our existence will come to fruition in the end. The challenge to us, of course, is to recognize and heed His voice as we take the next step — and the one after that and so on. Today, let us make a special effort to filter out all the other voices in this world that we may truly hear His voice and that we may set things in order according to His will. His way is perfect, and with His help, we will find it.
Blessings and Shalom,