God’s timing is perfect. It always is. God instructed the Israelites to set up the tabernacle on the first day of the first month of the year—their New Year’s Day. It is hard to imagine a better way to begin a new year than with the establishment of the tabernacle. But there was even more to God’s timing than that.
The Israelites had been rescued from slavery in Egypt through the Passover in the middle of the first month of the year (Ex. 12:1-11). Now, one year later, they were about to celebrate the first anniversary of the Passover with the tabernacle completed. It was a testament to God’s faithfulness. He had delivered His people and He was with them, guiding them toward their home.