Why the Need for a Master Plan?
A Master Plan exists for human life so amazing that it goes beyond the scope of man’s most vivid imagination. No fictional writer could conceive of it. The human mind could not give it birth, nor certainly could the human will bring it to pass.
This Plan defines in great detail the entire purpose of human life, giving man an identity and purpose of such grandeur that it is difficult for us to conceive of its reality. It makes the philosophies of history seem meager and the philosophies of existentialism and nihilism seem impossibly misconstrued.
The Plan is intended for any or all people who will take hold of it and claim it for themselves, regardless of race, nationality, gender, age or worldly status. As you read through these pages, you will gradually comprehend this Plan. The purpose of this book is to draw you into the Master Plan so you may have all of its promise, splendor, joy and victory for yourself.
Since it was not conceived in the mind of a human, it is not a natural or human plan. It is a supernatural plan. It was conceived by a mind of such magnitude that only as He reveals the plan to us individually, through reading His Word and talking with Him, are we humans able to grasp it. Let us start by calling that mind, the Lord God, the Creator.
The most remarkable part of this plan is that it was stated by God in His Word in the book of Exodus in minute detail in 1441 B.C. The Master Plan was given to Moses during his forty days of fasting on Mt. Sinai at the same time he received the Ten Commandments. The plan is revealed symbolically in the Tabernacle of Moses. Moses went into the Presence of God at the top of Mt. Sinai where he was given the Ten Commandments, and the consequences and judgments for breaking these commandments; and the Law of God, which revealed His justice and order for Israel’s life. After this, the Lord began to direct the building of a Tabernacle. It is described with precision in number concept, proportion, color, materials used, and the designs to be used for each piece of furniture to be placed within the portable tabernacle, which is a kind of elaborate tent. Exodus records it all in exacting detail in chapters 23 through 40.
Why is there a need for a Master Plan? Why do we find mankind in the position of seeking an answer to the seemingly insoluble problems of the human situation? Why did the Lord God give Moses the design for the Tabernacle blueprint, a design that defined His plan for human life? What great event brought about such a complex situation on earth, necessitating such a laborious effort on the part of the Creator? Let’s explore the answer to these questions.
Rather than create people who were merely puppets responding to the commands of their designer, God created man and gave him free will, a freedom to make choices. It was God’s desire that mankind would choose to respond to a loving Creator by returning that love and building a creative and bonded relationship with Him. His first plan was completed by the creation of Adam and Eve in a perfect and delightful relationship in which God created people in His image to live in loving harmony with Him, and who were to populate and maintain the earth.
God had one enemy, Satan, who chose to enter the creation in order to deceive Adam and Eve, and steal their lives from a relationship to God. Satan succeeded in enticing them to rebel against God, thereby destroying the first creative work of the Lord God. In this conflict between Satan and man, man destroyed his perfect relationship with God. Through the freedom to make independent choices, and by obeying the wrong voice of authority, mankind fell into a state of spiritual death and separation from his creator, a darkness which confronts all people to this day. This situation presented God with the need for a Master Plan of redemption and reclamation of His own creation.
How do we know about the existence of a Master Plan? The Lord God communicated His Master Plan to a chosen people set apart for this
Exodus: The Master Plan
Plan. He named them Israel. He communicated with them personally, establishing His Word and His promise to them. To begin the task, He called out a man named Abram, and his wife Sarai. Their role in God’s Plan would be to produce a nation that would bless all the nations of the world. He then had this nation of people allegorically live the message of the Plan, while He continued to guide and direct each of them individually. They revealed the Plan symbolically by their lives and actions. As a result, the history of the Jews became the history of the chosen people.
The Word of God, and the history of the people, Israel, are recorded in the books of the Torah and the prophetic books and worship books collectively called the Tenach or Old Testament, the first Covenant of God with Israel.
When the nation grew large enough to need collective guidance, the Lord presented the man called Moses to be a mediator between Himself and the people. It was to Moses that the Ten Commandments were given, written on stone tablets by God. At the same time, the Lord God gave Moses the direction to build a tabernacle which symbolically defined His Master Plan for human life.
It would seem that this Plan was simple and could be executed easily by the Almighty God, but it has obstacles to hinder it. Two powers are at work in our lives while on this planet; the Lord God and His adversary, Ha Satan in Hebrew or Satan in English. These two powers are dynamically working in our lives since Adam and Eve turned the world over to God’s adversary through their original rebellion against God’s Word to them. These two powers are diametrically opposed to each other in spirit, character, and purpose. Today, as in no previous moment in history, these two supernatural powers are at war, and their place of battle is in the soul of mankind, in you and in me. God is working to give us a vision of His amazing, glorious, eternal plan for us, while Satan desires to entice us to choose his will of destruction and chaos both on earth and in eternity. Everything that contributes to destruction, failure and sorrow on earth is from Satan, and the choices people make create their current and eternal destiny. The primary sorrow we experience other than from Satan is when we lose a loved one. That is a clean and loving sorrow.
To know God is the beginning of Life,
A Master Plan exists for human life so amazing that it goes beyond human imagination. The plan is intended for all people who will claim it for themselves. It is given to us by our Creator through Moses’ Tabernacle in 1440 B.C. in a book called Exodus, and it is about to be fulfilled in the near future. The plan with its promises is available to everyone who really wants it, a gift requiring no merit on the part of the receiver, only a hungry heart desiring Truth and a willingness to follow its guidance.
About the Author
An award-winning artist, Alice Gravatt earned a degree in art education from St. Olaf College. Early in her career she taught art in Marshalltown, Iowa. But her passion throughout her life has been to discover the depths of the Word of God. Growing up in Chicago during the Depression era, she was called at the age of nine from an unbelieving family to encounter her Heavenly Father in an amazing personal experience. That led to a lifelong study of the Word by revelation. Today, she resides in Ashburn, Virginia.