Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Divine Blueprints

Today as I was reading my devotional I noticed something that I had never noticed before (this happens on a regular basis--I have much to learn). Did you know that David received blueprints from the hand of God for building the temple (which he then passed along to Solomon) in a similar way that Moses received blueprints from the hand of God for building the tabernacle? See 1 Chronicles 28:19 and compare it to Exodus 25:9. Interesting! God takes his dwelling place seriously.

Now take a look at Hebrews 8:3-5:
For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; therefore it was necessary for this [priest] also to have something to offer. Now if He were on earth, He wouldn't be a priest, since there are those offering the gifts prescribed by the law. These serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was warned when he was about to complete the tabernacle. For He said, Be careful that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain.
The pattern that God showed Moses on Mt. Sinai was the real deal tabernacle, the eternal one in heaven itself. The actual tabernacle that Moses built was just a physical, earthly representation. I wonder if David saw the same thing. Hebrews 8:3-5 really makes me question those dispensationalists who look forward to a rebuilt temple as if an earthly copy could in any way compete with the true one. In essence, dispensationalists drool over the match box while the Ferrari sits unused in their driveway. I look forward to entering a temple which doesn't need to be rebuilt. It doesn't need to be rebuilt because it is eternal, unchanging, unpenentrible, undefiled. Unlike the earthly one, the type and shadow, it could never have been destroyed in the first place, thus making rebuilding unnecessary. As they always say, and I will change it to fit my purposes; "If it can't break, don't rebuild it!" This is the temple we now enter confidently (Hebrews 4:16). Moses' temple and David's temple were nothing but claymation models. What is the facsination over such small representations when the Scriptures point us to the glories themselves!


Moe Bergeron said...

Great post Jimmy. Look up! The heavenly country awaits the in great gathering of the resurrected saints of the Most High God. (Hebrews 11 (again))

Jessy said...

Amen, brother Snow. Thanks for this perspective.