taking Holy Communion (4)

20160127_144830 copyThis morning while taking Holy Communion I opened my Bible and the Lord spoke through Exodus 24, 25 and 26.

The key word is the “pattern” (standard that denotes setting apart for holiness) of God.

All Scriptures are quoted from the Holy Bible New Living Translation (NLT) unless otherwise noted.

Exodus 25: 40 “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.

Exodus 26: 30 “Set up this Tabernacle according to the pattern you were shown on the mountain.

When did God give this pattern? After He has established the Covenant in blood with His people:

Exodus 24:8 

Then Moses took the blood from the basins and splattered it over the people, declaring, “Look, this blood confirms the covenant the Lord has made with you in giving you these instructions.”

Where did God give this holy  pattern? To whom He has given the pattern? It is notable that God did not choose to give to just anyone His pattern. He narrowed down His choice from the whole congregation to a group of elites (appointed religious leaders and tribal hereditary leaders) who were called to climb the mountain to commemorate the Covenant and were allowed to eat the ceremonial meal, to two (Moses and his successor Joshua), and and finally chose only one man -Moses.

Exodus 24:1 

24 Then the Lord instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. 

Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. 11 …these nobles…In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in His presence!

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay there, and I will give you the tablets of stone on which I have inscribed the instructions and commands so you can teach the people.” 13 So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.

15 Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. 16 And the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from inside the cloud. 17 To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. 18 Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Why Moses? Moses was a man of faith. He saw the future (Jesus the Messiah King and Priest)

It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

Hebrews 3:2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house.

Hebrews 3:5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later.

They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.”