The beauty of Christ
February 18, 2020: SOAP #3729: Numbers 3-4; Acts 25
Scripture: Numbers(NIV) 4:29 “Count the Merarites by their clans and families. 30 Count allthe men from thirty to fifty years of age who come to serve in the work at theTent of Meeting. 31 This is their duty as they perform service at the Tent ofMeeting: to carry the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts and bases,32 as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tentpegs, ropes, all their equipment and everything related to their use. Assign toeach man the specific things he is to carry.
Observation: To move theTabernacle of Moses through the wilderness required some coordinatedeffort. It had to be disassembled,carried, and reassembled in an orderly fashion. It was carried in pieces, buteach piece had to be returned to its proper setting within the whole for thetabernacle to fulfill its purpose.
Surely as the pieces were carried by individuals, they noticed the length,the width, the weight, the smoothness, the color of the individual boards, BUTwhen they were assembled, the individual characteristics of each board werelost as the characteristics of the tabernacle were seen. The purpose of the boards might not be easilyrecognized when they were carried individually, but it became clear once theywere assembled with each board in its proper place!
Application: Although I am not carrying a physical part of the tabernacle through the wilderness on a journey to the Promised Land, I am carrying a unique expression of Christ as I journey through this life on my way to heaven. The expression of Christ in my life must be set up in relationship to the unique expressions of Christ in my brother's and sister's lives, for it is only when we are connected and seen as a unit that the world can see the full expression of the body of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, let my individuality be lost in the beauty of the body of Christ. Amen.
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