As members of a covenant with God, the descendants of Abraham were always separated from the surrounding cultures through monotheistic religious practices. These practices were maintained through their entrance into and exodus out from Egypt (Gen. 25 – Ex. 12:37-14:31). While on the passage from Egypt into the Promised Land, the Nation of Israel encountered various cultures which exposed them to an even greater amount of temptation by which they could have been influenced into rejecting the religious practices of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. Within the confines of the wilderness experience, God provided Moses with the details for implementing worship practices within the Nation of Israel (Ex. 19-31).
The details of this encounter between brings us to a critical point of understanding the mission of the church. Being given God’s intricate details for establishing worship practices and the building of the tabernacle, Moses responds in obedience by implementing the directives immediately. The worship within the tabernacle was intended to represent the world under God’s government. If conducted in obedience to the commandments given by God, every element of life taking place within the tabernacle and outside of the tabernacle was intended to be demonstrative of how the cosmos would look from a theocratic perspective under a theocratic government.
As time continued, we would eventually observe the rejection of God by those who had been chosen by Him as a result of His relationship with their ancestral father and testator. However, God, in His infinite wisdom, had ordained and prepared the perfect solution to the perpetual sin problem. The problem, it would seem, was not the testators nor the mediators (i.e., Noah, Abraham, Moses, Prophets, etc.), but it was within the nature of humanity themselves (Gen 6:5,6; 8:21). God sent the solution in the form of a man…in the person of His Son, Jesus the Christ. In keeping with the promise to Abraham and David, Christ came through the lineage of the fathers of the covenant. This made Jesus the Christ an Heir with the right to partake of the inheritance of the chosen Nation, but One with Divine prerogatives as well…#thinkonthesethings
to be continued…