CHRISTIAN PATTERN IS LOVE

Bible In One Year- Day 30 (Thursday, January 30, 2014)

Commentary: Exodus27-29. “And you shall raise up the tabernacle according to its pattern which you were shown on the mountain”, Ex26:30/Acts7:44. It is also written that Solomon completed the temple according to all its plans, 1Kings6:38.

1 Kings 6:38 “And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts (details) thereof, and according to all the fashion (plans) of it. So was he seven years in building it.”

The glory of God is evident in the life of whoever follows the pattern (Ex29:43).

Exodus 29:43 “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.”

The Ark has only the stones Moses received on the mountain, 1 Kings8:9. His covenant is in the pattern and not in the beautiful house of earthly record. If the commandment of God is inside, the life around the commandment must be in the pattern of the commandment. Is your life in the pattern of the word of God? Jesus gave a pattern for the disciples, which is LOVE for one another, John13:35.

John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to pattern our lives in line with the word of God. This is what happens in the College of the Holy Spirit (His disciplining). It is in this College that a priestly garment is made for the believer who wants to carry the ark of testimony. This garment in this present dispensation is CHARACTER/ATTITUDE. Any resistance to the work of the Holy Spirit is desisting from the pattern, Acts7:47-51. You can’t love genuinely with a fleshy mind; it will fade away. The Holy Spirit is the only One that can help to love unconditionally. A believer who wants the gifts of the Holy Spirit must yield to His disciplining so that the gifts could be used in love after recognizing his own weakness, Heb5:1-2. Having completed the tabernacle, the priest needed to be prepared for the service, Ex28:3. One thing you must learn from this verse is that, God has given every believer a gift of His Spirit to function in the body of Christ. You need to discover yours and use accordingly. The gifted artisans were there to make Aaron’s garment for his consecration and ordination; “… to hallow them to minister unto Me in the Priest’s office: …” Ex29:1. In Chapter 29, Christ is reflected in the consecration of the priests, through shedding of the blood. I will like to bring our attention to the unleavened bread. When the Israelites were coming out of Egypt, God told them to make their bread unleavened. A clear understanding of the meaning of this is in 1Cor5:6-8.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

What it reflects is that the sinfulness in us (malice, rivalry, rancor, bitterness, contention and other works of the flesh) should not be carried in the heart if you are approaching the throne of grace in prayer. In essence, unleavened bread signifies the ministry of forgiveness. You must forgive because you also need to be forgiven. As an anonymous poster states “holding a grudge is letting someone live rent-free in your head”. God’s pattern is to forgive and love unconditionally, Matt6:12, 14-15/18:35. Prayer: Lord Jesus, purge my heart and make it clean of all bitterness. Our reading for today is Ex30-32. Keep the fire burning and alive. Tell somebody about Jesus today!!!

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