Through the Word in 2020 / Feb. 15

We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from:
Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 16:13-28; Acts 23:1-11; Psalm 37:23-40, Exodus 38-40.
Upon first gloss, the seeming tedious detail regarding the construction of the Tabernacle in Exodus doesn’t seem to hold much for the New Covenant Believer. But contained throughout is the portrayal of a God who is involved in the building of His “Temple” Down to the smallest details.

A. There is nothing in your life or mine that escapes His notice or attention.

B. There is no accident in how we were wrought, and in what settings He has placed us as pleases Him best and ​optimizes ​us for His glory. Note that some materials needed to be cut, some polished, etched, shaped, spun, twilled, hammered, sewn, and otherwise formed. He does this all through the events of our lives.

Not only is there workmanship, but each material is also specially chosen with its unique characteristics.

Does the thread bemoan it is not the overlaying gold? Does the lampstand fret it is not the altar of incense? Do the curtains wish they were the laver? Father forgive us.

C. There are the many who all make their contributions, and there are the several gifted who are utilized to bring it all to pass.

Christ is building His Church today with no less care or attention to detail. If you are born again, it is no accident. Your self, your individual characteristics are part and parcel of how He has deigned to construct this perfect edifice for His glory. No one too small, too insignificant, too tall, too fat, too ugly, too talented, too smart, too uneducated, too broken, too old or too young. In His hand and with His skill, each chosen for their part, their role – and without a single one, the whole would not be complete. All assembled according to His perfect wisdom.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Pe 2:4–5.

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