Exodus 25 & 26 record, in great detail, instructions for Israel to construct the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle. It must have been an impressive site, portable as it was. God gave very specific detail of measurement and purpose for each piece used for worship. Meanwhile, Matthew 20:17-34 records: Jesus telling his disciples about his pending death and resurrection, James and John (and their mother) make a precocious request of Jesus, and Jesus freely heals two blind men.
What is God’s Word saying to me?
I am so very grateful that our worship manner is not as exact as it was for Old Testament Israel. Sometimes I think we (I) can be too casual in our worship of God, and I do need a greater sense of awe and wonder about Who God is and what He has done. I was struck, however, in the juxtaposition of the OT strictness compared to how freely Jesus engaged people (those close to him and those he met in public), ministering to them according to what they needed – band of disciples, James & John & mother, and the two blind men.
What am I going to do about it?
I really am powerless, in my own strength. I will adopt a posture today of looking to the One (Jesus) Who is compassionate toward me, receiving with open hands whatever He may give me this day. May it be to me as it was to the two blind men: “Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him” (Mt 20:34).