The Pattern in the Mount | The Institute for Creation Research
The Pattern in the Mount

"And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount." (Exodus 25:40)

Nothing that God does is capricious or accidental. A remarkable object lesson of His attention to every detail in the plan of salvation is the tabernacle in the wilderness. The divine blueprint for this structure and its attendants, followed by its construction and dedication, occupy no less than thirteen chapters of Exodus. Then the exposition of the symbolical meaning of "the pattern" shown to Moses "in the mount" occupies a major part of three chapters in the book of Hebrews. At least in terms of space allocated to the tabernacle, it seems to constitute the major "type" of the Bible, speaking in many ways of the Lord Jesus Christ. Numerous authors have devoted entire volumes to its exposition. The brazen altar, the laver, the mercy seat, the high priest--all "serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount" (Hebrews 8:5).

The God of the infinite cosmos is also the careful designer of every detail of His tabernacle and every moment of our days. "In thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them" (Psalm 139:16). Just as it was vitally important for the builders of the tabernacle to follow God's pattern precisely, so it is essential that we also follow His blueprint for our own lives, and that pattern is Christ Himself. "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps" (1 Peter 2:21). If our lives are to speak of Christ, as did the tabernacle, we must "walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6). HMM

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