This week we concentrate on the construction of the Tabernacle, and in terms of narrative there is none that we will be reading this Saturday morning (Exodus 26:1-30). Everett Fox, in his description of how one might understand the structure of the Book of Exodus, suggests why this may be of value:
"Imagine a book based on the following outline: first, a section on the American Revolution, with some biographical material on a few of the Founding Fathers, focusing mostly on the outbreak of the war and key battles; second, a description of the Constitutional Convention, including some of the more important speeches and discussions; third, the text of the Constitution itself; and finally, L'Enfant's original blueprints for the building of the new capital, Washington D.C., interspersed with accounts of the first few presidents' inaugural addresses." (The Five Books of Moses, p. 242)
By slogging through the architectural notes, we can achieve a common experience of imagining what it might have been like in the place where God's Presence dwelt amongst us when we were in the Wilderness, and find ourselves transported in space and time.