Monday, January 4, 2021

Following the Pattern in the New Year

By Joe Slater

What do you suppose God’s people were doing on  New Year’s Day roughly 3500 years ago? Would you  believe they were putting up the tabernacle?
“On the  first day of the first month, you shall set up the  tabernacle of the tent of meeting” (Exodus 40:1). “And  it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on  the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised  up” (40:17).
Earlier in Exodus (chapters 25-31) God had given  Moses explicit and detailed instructions about the  tabernacle and all of its furnishings, beginning with this  exhortation:
“According to all that I show you, that is,  the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its  furnishings, just so shall you make it” (25:9). The Lord  repeated this command several times as He specified the  dimensions, materials, design, etc., of the tabernacle and  its furnishings. “And see to it that you make them  according to the pattern which was shown you on the  mountain” (25:40). “And you shall raise up the  tabernacle according to its pattern which you were  shown on the mountain” (26:30). “As it was shown you  on the mountain, so shall they make it” (27:8).
Moses and the Israelites took God seriously!
“Thus  Moses did; according to all that the Lord had  commanded him, so he did” (Exodus 40:16).
The tabernacle and things associated with it were a  shadow of the better things Jesus Christ established in  the New Covenant. The Hebrews writer taught that we  ought to be even more diligent to be faithful in the New  Covenant than Moses and the Israelites were in the Old  Covenant (Hebrews 2:1-4; 10:28-31).
In this new year, let us renew our determination to  follow God’s pattern set forth in the New Testament!

- Joe Slater serves as minister of the Church of Christ in Justin, TX. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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