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The Heavenly Pattern

The Heavenly Pattern

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Published by glennpease
By C. I. Scofield, D. D.

"See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the
pattern shewed to thee in the mount." — Hebrews 8:5
By C. I. Scofield, D. D.

"See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the
pattern shewed to thee in the mount." — Hebrews 8:5

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THE HEAVELY PATTERBy C. I. Scofield, D. D."See, saith he, that thou make all things according to thepattern shewed to thee in the mount." — Hebrews 8:5WE have in the book of Exodus the account of that visit which Moses paid to Jehovah Him-self in the excellent glory above Mount Sinai — avisit lasting forty days and forty nights, during whichtime Moses received from God most explicit instruc-tions concerning a tabernacle which he was to makefor the particular dwelling place of Jehovah amonghis people. And not only did he receive instructions,as we might say, specifications, concerning the struc-ture of that building, but he also saw the heavenlythings, the heavenly purpose, the great truths of which that building, when it should be finished, wouldbe but a type, a kind of parable in gold and linen andbrass and silver.In other words, Moses was invited up into thepresence of God and into the vision of the heavenlythings in order that he might reproduce in type thethings which he had seen. Again and again was givento him the solemn exhortation:"See, saith he, that thou make all things according to thepattern shewed to thee in the mount." — Hebrews 8:5269270 I MAY PULPITSothing, absolutely nothing was left to Moses'
originality or initiative. A perfect plan was givento him and the most elaborate and detailed instruc-tions as to execution of the plan, and his responsi-bility began and ended with strict and implicit obedi-ence to the instructions which he had received. Andmy purpose is to try and draw from that event, towhich our text refers, its central and permanent truth, — that Moses was commissioned to build somethingon earth that should be exactly like something inheaven.Just so, we are set in the world to have visions, togo up into the mount, to see, in the presence of God,the divine truth concerning human life, and then towork it out into character and conduct. I think itmay be said without exaggeration, without qualifi-cation, that in a very real, thorough, broad sense, thissums up the thought of Christian living and of thepurpose of God in our redemption.ow I believe it may help a little, if we think upon that singular building which Moses was com-missioned to build. What may we learn from thetabernacle in the wilderness that shall help us inreproducing, in character and conduct, heavenlythings? The commission to Moses was that it wasto be beautiful. The life that you and I are commis-sioned to live, and the character you and I are underresponsibility to form, must then be, first of all,beautiful.There have been many ideals of character andeach of them, no doubt, so formed under ChristianWITH DR. C. I. SCOFIELD 271influence that they contain important elements of truth. The Puritan character was, in many respects,
most admirable. It had in it elements of strength,of sincerity, of simplicity, of great loyalty to Godand of obedience to what they understood to be thewill of God. o fragmentary form of charactercould be more noble than the Puritan ideal; andyet, as we look closely at that ideal, and as we meas-ure it up against Christ, we begin to see that it islacking precisely in this element of beauty. I mightgo on and refer to other ideals of character whichhave been formed by the people of God, but let usrather pass by all these incomplete and unsymmetri-cal visions of life and think of Jesus Christ.In Him there is nothing lacking, nothing in excess.Jesus Christ was perfectly strong. o Puritan wasever such a rock-man as He, and yet there was noth-ing hard or repelling in Christ's firmness; it wasclothed in gentleness, and because He was supremelystrong, He could be supremely gentle, patient, andsympathetic. In everything God makes there is firstof all order, then comes symmetry. You rememberin the 21st chapter of Revelation the description of the heavenly Jerusalem and its proportions; thebreadth and the length and the height of it wereequal. That is God's idea of symmetry. First of all, then, that tabernacle was beautiful, and it wasbeautiful because there was an ordered harmony init. Everything was beautiful. And if we are repro-ducing the heavenly character here, then will, accord-ing to the prayer of the Psalmist,272 I MAY PULPITS"the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:" — Psalms go: 17I should say the second characteristic which we

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