unified diversity

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Exodus 36:8-13

8 And all the experts among the workers constructed the tabernacle with ten curtains. They were made of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns, with cherubim woven in by a designer. 9 The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. All the curtains were the same size. 10 He joined five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he joined to one another. 11 He made loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain of the first set. Likewise he made them on the edge of the outermost curtain of the second set. 12 He made fifty loops on the one curtain, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set. The loops were opposite one another. 13 And he made fifty clasps of gold, and joined the curtains one to the other with clasps. So the tabernacle was a single whole.

unified diversity

The various fabrics, substances and parts of the tabernacle were all perfect just as they were, but they were meant to be put together into a unified whole. The diversity of the tabernacle was at once a reflection of the diversity of this world, and the diversity of the tribes of Israel. The construction of the tabernacle into one “single whole” was to demonstrate the one creator of the diverse creation, and the one Father God of a diverse family-nation. The skill of the experts called to construct the tabernacle was partly the skill of taking all these various materials and producing a whole that was greater than the sum of the parts – a holy place befitting a holy God.

The New Testament speaks of diversity and unity as well. There are many members in the church, but it is one body.[1] Each member has been given a different gift or gifts, for the glory of one Lord and the good of the body as a whole.[2] As the place where the presence of God dwells among humans, the fellowship of gospel preaching believers is designed to be a masterpiece, which takes diverse elements and puts them together for a unified purpose.

LORD, teach us how to demonstrate the glory of your perfect unity amid our diversity.


[1] Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-20.

[2] Romans 12:3; 1 Corinthians 3:10; 12:7; Ephesians 4:7.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary and church elder.
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