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And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.
Exodus 25:40

When you look at it in light of the Word, it’s not really surprising that God gave us a variety of patterns for the New Testament Church. Even in the Old Testament, He had more than one pattern for His house. In Exodus 25, for example, He spoke to Moses about how He wanted the first Tabernacle constructed. He said:
Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. And you shall make it according to all that I show you, the pattern of the tabernacle or dwelling and the pattern of all the furniture in it. (verses 8 – 9 Amp)
Those verses tell us that God provided very specific directions for the Temple in the wilderness. It was built according to a certain pattern so that it could accommodate God’s purposes on the earth for that season of time. Exodus 35 tells us that He even anointed craftsmen and artists with the ability to bring that pattern forth to perfection.

Most likely, when the Israelites saw the pattern for the wilderness Tabernacle, they thought it was the last word in Temple building. They assumed God would always want His house to be built according to that pattern and look exactly that way.

But when the spiritual season changed and it was time for the Temple in Jerusalem to be built, God provided an entirely different pattern. He gave it first to King David:
Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, and the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord … All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern. (1 Chronicles 28:11 – 12, 19 KJV)
Obviously, our God is a God of patterns both in the Old Testament and the New. For each spiritual season, He has a perfect plan for us as individual believers and for the Church as a whole. If we will ask Him, He will show us as surely as He showed Moses, David, and Solomon how we are to pattern our lives and the work of the kingdom at this particular time. He will show us how to accomplish His perfect will for today.

Scripture Reading: Exodus 24:15 – 18; 25:1 – 9, 40; 1 Chronicles 28:1 – 19

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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