In our devotion today, Moses is still on the mountaintop for 40 days, his own personal 40 day challenge. How different our 40 day challenge has turned. This will be 40 days of Lent that will never be forgotten in history. Ironically, after studying the scriptures, it’s becomes so obvious that God never does anything haphazardly. He has purpose with every creation, every crisis, and even every world pandemic. His timing should not be misunderstood. He will have purpose in this chaos.
Let’s take a look at God’s Glory, from a story that we have been studying. Back to Moses, he is on the mountaintop with God, receiving instructions how to decorate the Tabernacle. It seems such a odd detail. But God is in the business of details. His is in the business of turning seemingly meaningless details into miracles. So, Moses receives plans for the washbasins. Let’s take a look at the scripture, Exodus 30:17-21
The Lord said to Moses, 18 “You shall also make a basin of bronze, with its stand of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it, 19 with which Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet. 20 When they go into the tent of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn a food offering[a] to the Lord, they shall wash with water, so that they may not die. 21 They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die. It shall be a statute forever to them, even to him and to his offspring throughout their generations.”
So now we will move to a new story in history. Keep in mind, the washbasins mentioned in the scripture above (in bold) that were full of water to wash the priests hands and feet. In this story, Jesus was at a wedding. They ran out of wine during the wedding. His mother asked him to do something about it. What does Jesus do, he finds the six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. He finds six washbasins. He then asks the servants there to fill the jars with water. And voila , Jesus performs his first miracle. He changes everything in one fall swoop. These were sacred washbasins meant only for washing and purifying those that worked in the tabernacle, that held the covenant. This was a statute forever to them, and to his offspring throughout their generations.
But this statute did not hold up for God himself. He was here to reveal the new covenant. And symbolically, with his first miracle, he reveals the new covenant by turning water into wine. Listen as Rev Doug Ponder describes this transformation. These were no ordinary water vessels but “six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification” (John 2:6). John’s mentioning of this detail is almost certainly meant to underscore the redemptive-historical transition from the recurring ceremonial requirements of the old covenant (Ex. 30:17–21) to the once-for-all washing of baptism in the new covenant (Rom. 6:3–5; Titus 3:5–6). This is Jesus’ way of saying, “You won’t be needing that anymore, for the new wine of the new covenant is here” (cf. Mark 2:22).
Who knew those washbasins would hold Christ’s first miracles. God works out every miracle, every detail in his timing. Oh, that we are patient. That we are trusting. That we hold steadfast to wait for his timing. Timing in this current chaos.
I posted this song yesterday for worship. The song was written Austin Livingood, a pastor at Eastgate Crossroads church, my daughters church. Beautiful words, Beautiful song.