And see that you make them according to the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain. Exodus 25:40 (NRSV)
The uniqueness of the Judeo-Christian tradition is that God Himself comes and dwells among His people. In the Old Testament era it was God’s presence in the Holy of Holies that signified His desire to be close to the children of Israel. In the era since Christ first came, it is the abiding presence of His Spirit in our lives that marks us as His own.
In ancient times there was competition in the minds of many Israelites as to their place of worship. On the one hand, was the Holy tabernacle as instituted by God. On the other hand, was the attraction of the pagan temple. It was a tug-of-war between the call of God to something as holy as represented by the tabernacle and the lower nature of the Israelites. When the Israelite people left Egypt, and while they were wandering in the wilderness, God chose to live among them in a portable tabernacle with its many parts and pieces of furniture. These parts and pieces the Israelites built according to specification. The plan for the tabernacle was revealed to Moses on Mt. Sinai as a pattern to be followed to the very inch, just as the Ten Commandments were given to him as a pattern for living peacefully.
In today’s time we are the very tabernacles of the Holy Spirit. We are to build our lives according to the patterns Jesus modeled and taught in the Bible. We must follow these specifications if we are to achieve perfect peace. Every psychotherapy program, in order to be truly effective, must take into consideration God’s patterns for our own lives. The purpose of this series of devotionals is to provide a daily guide of patterns that those of us with chemical imbalances or mental illnesses can follow.
You may pray this prayer: “Dear God, I accept the fact that You want to be part of my life. And You want to be not just a part, but the central part of my existence. Help me to pattern my daily life after the model portrayed in the Bible. Amen,”