This is a view of Espenshade farm which we see at the end of our road as we turn onto Donegal Springs Road.
Early in our marriage Brooksyne sewed her own clothing, as her mother had done for her and her siblings. For Brooksyne sewing her own clothing became a means of creativity as well as thriftiness. For the last twenty or so years we have bought most of our clothing from the numerous thrift stores that dot our area since most of them raise support for a cause we are happy to contribute to.
Today’s first verse contains the very first use of the word “pattern” as translated in most standard versions such as the KJV, ESV, NASB, NIV and many others. So let us examine this verse as well as a verse later in Exodus demonstrating the Israelite’s strict obedience in following the pattern.
The Lord instructed Moses, “Then have them make a sanctuary for Me, and I will dwell among them.” This was a traveling sanctuary for use during their journey to the Promised Land, which ended up lasting forty years, which for most was the remainder of their lives!
“Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” The instructions are in meticulous detail. These instructions, including the clothing worn by the priests, are covered in Exodus, chapters 25-28.
Later in Exodus we read concerning the completion of the Tabernacle project, “Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses blessed them.” There are a lot of records regarding disobedience and partial obedience in the Bible but here we have an account of full obedience; they had done it “just as the Lord had commanded”. This led to a blessing from Moses.
This fundamental teaching reminds us that God is pleased and honored when we follow the patterns He sets for His people.
In a broad sense the Bible provides a pattern on how life works and how we are to live our lives in obedience to God. Each individual will determine whether to follow this pattern or not. Later in the week we’ll learn that a foundational responsibility of Christian ministry is teaching and practicing this pattern or we will face inevitable consequences to breaking God’s pattern.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, because the Israelites dwelt in tents in their wilderness wanderings, You instructed that a tabernacle be constructed that would travel with them, where Your presence would abide. Surely the instructions You provided Moses did not always make sense nor would they have fully understood the purpose of all the particulars, yet the Israelites followed the instructions, thereby honoring You and blessing Moses as their leader. They responded to Moses’ instructions by giving, doing, and following in total the directions You laid out. Help us to practice obedience even when we can’t see the end results, for that is what You ask of us; to trust You, yield to You, and fully obey You. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
“One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)” Video Matt Redman This was a song our church’s choir sang yesterday during the worship service while those who had died over the past year were remembered as their photographs were presented in a power point presentation. Although we knew few that were on the screen it was a warm and honoring remembrance of those who had greatly influenced our lives over the years. Looking out at the congregation from the choir Brooksyne saw many wiping away tears including her own. Tomorrow we expect to place up our choir’s version of this song. (They don’t post the video until after the Monday evening service.)