Copies and Shadows
by on May 25, 2014 in Song Stories

Hebrews 8:5: They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

Hebrews 8:5 probably won’t make anybody’s list of top 10 Bible verses, but it was the inspiration for my song, “Copies and Shadows.” My wife was in the middle of studying a Joyce Meyer book that looked at the building of the tabernacle and the temple in the Old Testament and how detailed the instructions were. The reason all of these detailed instructions are found in the Bible, she said, is because they are a preview of what heaven is going to look like. If you’ve ever tried to read through the sections of Scripture that we’re talking about, you have probably wondered to yourself (or exclaimed out loud) why all of that is in there. (Look at Exodus 25-27, for example.)

I think it’s cool that God gives us a “foretaste of glory divine,” as the old hymn puts it. From that idea stems the underlying theme of Copies and Shadows that everything we see in the here and now, no matter how beautiful, is nothing better than a shadow of what is to come. We should all be longing for the day when we see face-to-face the true beauty of what God has in store for us.


I look around this world at the things Your hands have made
And I’m amazed at just the small part I can see
The way things work together, the way the seasons change
There are so many parts that are still a mystery

But creation isn’t perfect since sin has entered in
Groaning in labor pains till You set it right
Recreate your pride and joy and make all things brand new
With a land of no death, no sorrow, and no night

Now the mirror’s dim, but soon we’ll see You face to face
But right now it’s just the copies and shadows of that place

CHORUS:
Lord, I’m longing for that day
When I will finally hear you say
Well done, my child, you’ve finished a long race
Now come into my presence
And you can find your rest
There are no more copies and shadows in this place

You gave detailed instructions on how your temple should be built
And I imagine that it was glorious to behold
But the reason for those details was to give us a small glimpse
Of how it’s gonna look when we walk those streets of gold

Now the mirror’s dim, but soon we’ll see You face to face
But right now it’s just the copies and shadows of that place

CHORUS:
Lord, I’m longing for that day
When I will finally hear you say
Well done, my child, you’ve finished a long race
Now come into my presence
And you can find your rest
There are no more copies and shadows in this place

We sing our praise together and raise our hands to You
Making a joyful noise just as best we can
But when people from every nation gather round Your throne
There’s never going to be a better sounding band

Now the mirror’s dim, but soon we’ll see You face to face
But right now it’s just the copies and shadows of that place

CHORUS:
Lord, I’m longing for that day
When I will finally hear you say
Well done, my child, you’ve finished a long race
Now come into my presence
And you can find your rest
There are no more copies and shadows in this place

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