God’s Grand Design


Summers are traditionally spent vacationing, and some of those getaways involve a little more sightseeing than sun bathing. My ideal setting is a cloudless blue sky punctuated by majestic mountain peaks, but I have grown increasingly fascinated by man-made points of interest as well. Like the resplendent Golden Gate Bridge. Or the Space Needle at dusk. Mount Rushmore, Hoover Dam, the Washington Monument, all pay homage in one way or another to ingenuity. It is mind-boggling how these structures were crafted. The older I get, the more I marvel at the inspiration and moxie of such astounding innovation.

  • When have you truly marveled at creativity and design?


27:1 “You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. 2 And you shall make horns for it on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze. 3 You shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and fire pans. You shall make all its utensils of bronze.
4 You shall also make for it a grating, a network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. 5 And you shall set it under the ledge of the altar so that the net extends halfway down the altar. 6 And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. 7 And the poles shall be put through the rings, so that the poles are on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. 8 You shall make it hollow, with boards. As it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made.

9 “You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side. 10 Its twenty pillars and their twenty bases shall be of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 11 And likewise for its length on the north side there shall be hangings a hundred cubits long, its pillars twenty and their bases twenty, of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side there shall be hangings for fifty cubits, with ten pillars and ten bases. 13 The breadth of the court on the front to the east shall be fifty cubits.

14 The hangings for the one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. 15 On the other side the hangings shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. 16 For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. It shall have four pillars and with them four bases.

17 All the pillars around the court shall be filleted with silver. Their hooks shall be of silver, and their bases of bronze. 18 The length of the court shall be a hundred cubits, the breadth fifty, and the height five cubits, with hangings of fine twined linen and bases of bronze. 19 All the utensils of the tabernacle for every use, and all its pegs and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.

20 “You shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that a lamp may regularly be set up to burn. 21 In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout their generations by the people of Israel.

English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


  1. What was the altar they were constructing going to be used for?
  2. What do you notice about the types of metal used in the court of the tabernacle?
  3. What was Aaron’s role in maintaining the tabernacle?
  4. What is something in your life in which you take great pains to insure you make or do it correctly? How does that give glory to God?


The master designer has never left one detail to chance. He is supreme over all his creation and that includes everything seen and unseen, organic or erected. The outer court leading to the Holy of Holies (God’s dwelling place before the Holy Spirit came) was no different. The instructions were specific down to the type of precious metal used to hang linens. God cares about each molecule that has ever crossed the face of the earth. How much more does he care about you?

You matter. What you do and how you do it, matters, not for fear of getting it wrong, but for the joy of deep and eternal significance.

  • Pray for a heart that marvels at God’s grand design in every facet of your life.