The tabernacle of the Testimony is at the centre of the Jewish religion.  The pilgrim people of God travelled for forty years and took their place of worship with them. Have you ever wondered about the significance of this?

“Our forefathers had the tabernacle of the Testimony with them in the desert. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. Having received the tabernacle, our fathers under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David,” Acts 7:44-45 (The Message)

Moses produced the tabernacle of the Testimony from what he experienced in his walk with God. It was the pattern given by God (Exodus 25:9). Our ‘place’ of worship is to be after the pattern that God has shown to us. As Christians, Jesus is our pattern of worship and we are to worship God in his pattern. We are a pilgrim people passing through this world and taking our ‘place’ or worship with us. Jesus said, ‘Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24 NIV). Our ‘place’ of worship  is to be following the pattern of Jesus, looking to become more like him in our heart and attitude toward God and other people. Living our lives in the pattern of Jesus is the worship of those who would follow him, it is the God given pattern.

May our worship of God be to seek to make our lives in the pattern of Jesus and may our lives reflect the pattern of Jesus to others today in our attitudes of heart. Amen.