Exodus 25.9 "Exactly as I show you—the pattern of the Tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings—so shall you make it."
This is one of those verses in the Torah that does not seem particularly significant, but is actually one of the most significant. To understand why, let’s pose a question: Why doesn’t God stop speaking after verse 8? Why doesn’t He simply give an instruction, “Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them,” and stop there? Wouldn’t there be great Israelite artists, designers, and architects who could have designed and built something beautiful?
Perhaps they could have. But there would have been two possible problems. First, leaving it completely up to the subjective tastes of some Israelites might well have led to the building of a Tabernacle that would be uninspiring— or, worse, looked just like a pagan house of worship. Or, it could have led to building something simply ugly —as much guideline-free, and God-free, architecture and art produced in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries do (see the discussion concerning art in the commandment against worshipping false gods—Exodus 20:3).
Second, as noted above, the Israelite elite could have kept some of the precious jewels they requisitioned for the Tabernacle for themselves.
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