“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 NKJV

One of the benefits of having the Bible with both Old and New Testaments is the privilege of looking back in time and learning from the things of old. We can learn from the obedience and errors of those who have gone before us; though the covenants differ, we can learn principles of worship from them.

After Moses led the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, they came into a covenant with God. He would be their God and they would be His people (Exodus 29:45). In light of this, God instructed Moses to build a tabernacle for Him to dwell in their midsts.

This tabernacle housed many household-looking items like tables for the show bread, an incense burner, multiple rooms etc (Exodus 25-30; 35).

However, similar these items were to the personal ones, none of them were to be used except as prescribed by God. For example, in Exodus 30:37-38, we see God instruct that the mixture of herbs for incense in the temple was not to be used at home.

In other places, we have examples of people who lost their lives for misusing the articles of the tabernacle (Leviticus 10: 1-2, 2 Samuel 7:1-7, Daniel 5).

Why would the penalty for these acts be so great? Because, the items in question were items consecrated to God for His use alone.

Now, the Hebrew writer explains that the tabernacle and its items were only types and shadows of what we have now (Hebrews 9:1-9). Paul explains that God doesn’t live in man-made temples (Acts 17:29). Rather, our bodies are His temple (2 Corinthians 6:16). Not only are we individual temples, but, as the church of Christ, we are collectively His temple (Ephesians 2:19-22).

The Hebrews writer describes it this way “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:22-24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So, whenever we gather, we must reckon it as sacred and how we behave matters to God. To discern how to act, ask yourself “would I do this if Jesus was physically sitting beside me?” If the answer is no, then don’t do it.

How we treat other believers also matters to Him because what we do to one another is what we do to Christ (Matthew 26:40). The fact that a person/place of worship has been consecrated to God should compel you to treat it with honour.

Beloved, let us be mindful of the these things and let the word of God instruct your behaviour.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 13:18-30, Jude 8-16, Job 21:22-34, Daniel 9