Following God’s Design


“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.

40 See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

Exodus 25:8-9, 40 (New International Version)

Design for Worship

Following Israel’s profession to obey the commands of the Lord in Exodus 24, the Lord commanded Moses to return to the mountain.  As Moses stood before the Lord, He revealed to him the blueprints for building the tabernacle and all its furnishings; as well as what God’s priests were to wear.  I can imagine that as God was giving Moses these plans, He was also giving to His servant mental images of what the holy articles would look like;  it must have been an amazing experience.

Writing it Down

Yet, one has to wonder why God would later have Moses write down these details in designing His tabernacle in His Holy Bible?  One of the reasons, I believe, is that it was practical to write down these plans.  No matter how good a memory Moses may have had, there was a very good chance that he would forget some detail of the design.  Such forgetfulness is not acceptable to the Lord, after all, the articles that they were to build were for a Holy God.

Following the Plan

Another reason, I believe, for the writing of these plans was to show to future readers the importance of following the plan of the Lord.  God chose Israel to be set apart from the other nations as His special people.  With that in mind, their worship of the Lord must be different to the ways that others express their devotion, from the way they offer sacrifices to even the type of building where they were to worship.  Like Israel, their devotion to the Almighty must be unique and be according to the design which God had made for them.  Any deviation from this was not an act of worship, but an act of sin.

Why Not Follow the Plan

How often does it happen, in our walk with God, that we do things that are contrary to what the Lord would have us do?  Probably more often than we would like to admit.  Why would we resist following the design which the Lord has for us?  Most of the time, it is because we believe that our plans are far better than God’s, or  maybe we feel that His design is impossible for us to follow due to the conditions that we are in.  In other words, we don’t obey because either we are too proud or too afraid.

Peace in the Design

However, when we proceed to follow our own design instead of God’s, we quickly discover that having our way will not produce the things that we want.  Instead, going against the Lord’s design only produces pain and hardship.  Therefore, let us set our course in the plan which the Master Builder has set before us.  Following God’s design may at times be frightening, nevertheless, He is faithful and will shield us from the trials that we may face in the way; and when we persevere on His path, we will find a peace that is only found in God.

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