Sunday, August 02, 2009

Exactly as I show you concerning the you shall make it

Who has seen God? Who has ascended to heaven to see? Who can know the mind of God? How can we know what he is like and what it would be like to know him?
25:9 Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it 
26:40 And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
This morning Barry preached a stirring message on The Tabernacle from Exodus 25. I'm struck by the way that God reveals reality to us. This is immense grace to show us what he will do. Without these patterns the Cross of Christ would be an event without explanation, we would lack a revelation that we could believe. He gives us patterns that show us the reality of life in the Trinity - with The Ark, The Table and The Lampstand, and the reality of atonement for sin and welcome for sinners by the priest and sacrifice.

Hebrews 8:5-6 They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises
The LORD spoke to Moses to gather all things they would need - the fabrics for the curtain, the wood for the box, the metal for the lampstand and the cover. Exactly as Moses was shown...  God has made himself known, and he invites us to come - not into a tent with sacrifices but by the one sacrifice Jesus made in space and time and in the heavenly reality. 

Which is something we need to hear more and more about. As Ralph Erskine notes: They that think they know the gospel well enough betray their ignorance. No man can be too evangelical [gospel-centered]

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