Building the Tabernacle. This will be the place where God would manifest his presence to Israel (“dwelling among them”), and the divinely-given pattern as to the way we may approach God in worship. It is evident in the New Testament — both in the Gospel of John and in the Epistle to the Hebrews — that this structure symbolized and foreshadowed the Lord Jesus himself. Christ is the dwelling place of God; he is the altar of sacrifice (and the sacrifice), the water of cleansing that we need, the bread of life, the light of the world, and our Priestly mediator. For more detail on this read Jesus-and-the-Tabernacle

Gifted people, and giving people.  As to the building of the tabernacle we read… “…and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship…” (Exodus 35:31 ESV) And “Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning…” (Exodus 36:2-3)  This is just like what we see in the New Testament: God gives spiritual gifts to his people to build up the temple (now: the body of Christ) to be a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit for worship and service of God.

A good reflection.  We read, “He made the basin of bronze and its stand of bronze, from the mirrors of the ministering women who ministered in the entrance of the tent of meeting.” (Exodus 38:8 ESV) Now there’s a bit of irony in this… These godly women gave up their polished bronze mirrors — used for looking at self, and so often becoming a source of vanity — to be transformed into a bronze basin  to hold the water of cleansing, which brings true beauty and allows communion with God.  Image below: ancient mirrors from Egypt on display at the Louvre.