Have you ever wondered why Exodus 26 is in the Bible? Why in the world did Moses feel it necessary to include the detailed blueprints for the sanctuary in Scripture? Does it matter if we know exactly how long the walls were supposed to be and what color they were dyed? Does our salvation depend on knowing how many loops the curtains had?
Of course not. So why include it in the Bible?
Well, I really can’t speak for Moses. I don’t know what his motivation was for writing it all down for posterity, but I do know one thing it teaches us about God. He is an absolute stickler for detail. This God doesn’t cut corners. He is intentional, and nothing He does is an accident. It’s all on purpose.
A few years ago, I read Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design by Stephen Meyer. In the book, Meyer points out the fact that the highly-intricate sequencing of proteins in our DNA resembles complex software programs. And, of course, we all know that no complex software program ever created itself. All of the technology we know and enjoy is the product of intelligence. So, Meyer concludes, why should we assume that DNA is not the
product of intelligence?
Indeed, he quotes Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, as saying, "Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved." Why must they constantly keep that in mind? Because what they’re looking at bears all the hallmarks of intelligent design! And they are the same hallmarks as those we see in Exodus 26.
God doesn’t do things by accident. And because He doesn’t cut corners when He creates, that means you are not by accident either. You are special, valuable, and loved. In God’s eyes, you are truly one-of-a-kind. He knows everything about you, down to the very last detail. He doesn’t leave anything to chance, doesn’t take anything for granted.
If He took so much care and concern in constructing something like the sanctuary, how much more care and concern does He have for you!