One website (www.nwc.org), in 2007, estimated that at today’s rate of exchange, it would cost $10,000,000.00 (that’s ten million) dollars to build the tabernacle – in supplies alone. To build the tabernacle, the people were told what to give and give they did. They were actually told to stop giving, they had given enough. In addition to the cost of the supplies, it appears to have taken the ‘skilled workers’ seven months to complete their tasks, unpaid (meaning they served as volunteers)!
This was all for a portable tent, they moved it when God told them to. They set it up when (and where and how) God told them to. And they carried it, when God told them to. Think of the financial, time, and physical expense requested of those who choose to follow Him. Would you do it? Could you do it? The precision with which item had to be made. Have you ever made anything? Does it always turn out perfect?
This story is one we believers need to use as an example that God exists. How could mere man design, build, staff, and manage a project of this magnitude with the level of perfection required? Something, someone, had to be intervening. When the person giving goods thought they had no more to give, they found it; thus Moses told them to stop giving. When the craftsman was tired, their hands weary, their backs full of pain, they continued on. If you look at the amount of work done, how could that much be done but without help.