Exodus: Decorating 101

September 27, 2007 at 2:50 pm 3 comments

All this talk about God calling for skilled embrioderers in Exodus has me filled with new zeal for getting some things hemmed around here.  I think I’ve been more inspired in reading Exodus to get some creative things done than I have reading about the Proverbs 31 woman.  “How in the WORLD?!”, I can hear you all asking.

Well, that’s quite simple.

First, as I said, he mentioned his skilled embroiderers over and over and over and over.  MANY times when God speaks of the tunic of Aaron, the priest, he says, “with the skillful embriodery”.  God is all about the details he’s skilled us to perform.  I LOVE that!  I need to look up just how many times he says that.  When it’s not even relevant to the discussion, he throws in that “skilled embroidery” again.

Remember Hur?  “Huh, who?”  “Hur!” I say!  He was one of the two who held Moses’s arms upward to heaven in the Israelites first battle.  When they held his arms up for him and got him a rock to sit on, the battle was a win, when his arms started to fall, they would begin losing…so, they held up his arms.  So, Hur’s son, God later fills with the Holy Spirit, with all wisdom and knowledge for making intricate woodwork out of gold and metals, and wood.  He makes him a craftsman as a gift for his faithful assistance to Moses.  A very good one, for doing work on the temple.

Mind you, all this stuff of talk about embroidery, and tulip flowers to make up the bases of the candlesticks in the Holy Place happens in close proximity to chapters about sacrificing and blood and animals for this sin and that sin!  I’m blown away! 

Why?  In the midst of his “parenting” this new child of his, Israel, he’s making patterns for tunics, designing furniture, bragging on the embroidery and just having a good ‘ole time with decorating.  I’ve tried to do one, but let go of the other.  Apparently, by his grace, I can do both when it’s his time.  I just think that release is a cool one for me, because I’ve struggled with the investment of time and energy and skill required, as most of you know who’ve been reading my blog some time.

Get this, God even “patents” his perfumes and incense–yup, he dreams up perfumes he likes, in the meantime.  He gives exact recipes for his “perfumers” to gring up to be a pleasing aroma to him, and he says that no one else can wear it…it can ONLY be for anointing and the Holy Place.  The anointing oil, incense, and other oil.  With all the smell of that raw meat, he wanted to have something good to smell, too.  You know what that says to me?  It’s okay for us, moms to have our thing about our potpourri (now, spell THAT!.  Broadly speaking, all these things say that it’s important to have a sensory-pleasing environment.  It was important to God, and it is part of our job as moms.

I’ll just want to bet that no women’s Bible study has ever been built on Exodus, and if I seem to be making something ordinary out of the holy…I don’t mean to.  I’m just amazed by a God who juggles many things, appreciated details that also bless me, and plans for even the beauty of flowers in the candlesticks that would represent the twelve tribes of Israel to be lit before him.  He who made the flowers in all their splendor just couldn’t get enough of them either.  How cool is that?

So, victory for me, related Proverbs 31 victory….today, I pulled some jeans out of my closet.  I wasn’t sure about them.  I’d bought them second hand…they were just way too long.  I realized they were Banana Republic used and checked out the price online…like $70-108 is their regular price.  I got mine for $2.  I think I’ll get to hemming.  Yes, that makes me a VERY happy girl!

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  • 1. bellissimanh  |  September 27, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Maggie,

    I absolutely LOVE the way you are able to sift through all the particulars of that stuff and make it RELEVANT. I mean, I know that all scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, correcting, etc…. but it’s so easy to get lost in some of the more… “mundane” stuff. I love the way you were able to cut through the details and find application. After all… that’s what it about! Thank you for sharing… I loved this post!

    Heather

    Maggie replies: Isn’t God so good like that? Meeting us where we are? Gotta love his Word for that! Thanks for your kindness.

  • 2. Kim Vincent  |  September 28, 2007 at 9:12 am

    There you go again with the $2 thing…you know how badly it makes me want to go shopping with you!!!!!

  • 3. Beejing  |  September 28, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    I really love how you make your posts so entertaining….:)

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