Exodus 1:11 – “So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.”
The wording of “store cities” (Pithom and Rameses) is very similar to the wording ‘tabernacle’—the house of the Lord. Therefore, the idea being that the oppression of the Israelites led them to build monuments/structures of the oppressors. The very people of God who were called to worship only the Lord, they were instead oppressed to build places of worship for the enemies of God. However, what God’s rescue leads them to is to build a tabernacle—where they celebrate God’s covenant, revelation, rescue, and freedom. The rescue of God is not just for the release from building the monuments and structures of the oppressors, but to build instead the tabernacle of God where he dwells with His people and to celebrate God’s presence with us.
“God’s desire extended beyond liberating Israel from political, economic, and social slavery. He desired worshipers. He wanted Israel (like Adam) to know and worship Him. Further, He wanted to use Israel to make worshipers from all nations. Therefore, God responded to all of the dimensions of Israel’s slavery. He did not just free them from social-economic-political oppression and let them worship any god. Neither did He just free them spiritually without changing their awful situation.” [Merida, Tony. Exalting Jesus in Exodus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary). p. 12]
Prayer Response: Lord, thank you that salvation is not just from living and building our lives in and for the world, but towards living in your abundant presence and building our lives for your glory. Spirit of God help us to grow in worship daily in your church and may that be a vehicle to bring others also into worship of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Song of Worship: Let’s lift up this song in prayerful desire unto the Lord. “Build My Life” by Housefires.