You have probably heard the adage, “The Old Testament is ‘Christ concealed’ and the New Testament as ‘Christ revealed.’” I believe that would be a pretty accurate assessment, particularly as we consider the Exodus passage above that gives reference to the building of God’s tabernacle and the importance of stringently adhering to God’s blueprint.
You might ask, “What does this have to do with Jesus?”
Jesus the Tabernacle
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14a
The Tabernacle of the Old Testament is a picture of our Jesus and we see that confirmed in the 1 John text. How so? The Greek word for ‘dwelt’ in the verse is ‘skenoo, ’ and that word literally translates, ‘to tabernacle’; so when we read the passage we discover the reality of God’s Word becoming Jesus who tabernacled in our midst.
The Application for Us
You might be saying by now, “That’s all very interesting, but how does that apply to me?”
…In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works… Titus 2:7
Do you see the pattern and the Old/New Testament connection? The blueprint (pattern) for the Tabernacle was to be strictly followed; the Tabernacle is a picture of Jesus Christ; and we are to pattern ourselves after Him. Continue in this chapter from Titus and we will see that we are to become God’s Word by our example; our ‘good works’, thus reflecting the light that is Jesus Christ to all who are our witness.
Nothing Has Changed…
For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5b
The pattern has not changed—the pattern has been, and always will be Christ Jesus. Let us endeavor to be like Him by our example always. The obedient Christian knows two things: how to read ~and~ follow a blueprint.