In part one, we began comparing the building of Moses’s tabernacle with the body of Christ building itself up in love (Eph. 4:14-16). We will continue this comparison in this post…
According to the Pattern Revealed
“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you” (Ex. 25:8, 9).
Moses received the design for the tabernacle and its furnishings as he communed with God on Mount Sinai. We get a sense of the intimacy of this communion in Exodus 33:11—“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” If we would receive God’s designs for the church, it must be in this kind of relationship as well. Human plans, common sense, and worldly wisdom must all be put aside. We cannot build based on what draws a crowd, or on what has worked at other times and in other places. We can only build based on the pattern of Christ, revealed as we commune with the Lord face to face.
“Then the whole Israelite community…brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD through Moses had commanded them to do” (Ex. 35:20-29).
Glancing through Exodus 35, we read, “All who were willing…Everyone…Every skilled woman…And all the women…The leaders…All the Israelite men and women” (Ex. 35:20-29). Building the tabernacle was definitely a corporate venture. Without the willing participation of every member, the tabernacle would’ve remained a blueprint.
As we saw in Ephesians 4:16, it is the whole body that builds itself up in love, not just leaders or special ministers. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:26, “When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” In the original Greek, everyone is repeated so that it reads, “everyone has a hymn, everyone a word of instruction, everyone a revelation, everyone a tongue or an interpretation.” In building the true tabernacle, God intends that everyone know the pattern of Christ by revelation, respond to the pattern, and contribute what they have received.