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God’s Tent in the Camp

Scripture reading for January 28th: Exodus 25-27

How would your life be different if you knew that God lived with you in a special tent?   This is what the Israelites experienced for many years after Mt. Sinai.  Moses was given specific instructions while he was on the mountain with God during the two forty day periods.  These instructions included the ten commandments as the foundation of holiness for God’s people and then the practical explanation of how these ten words worked out in their everyday life. (Exodus 20:3-17)  In order for God to be in their midst, they must be holy.  Holiness is all about love flowing in our lives.

The Lord commanded the Israelites to bring Him an offering from the plunder of Egypt.  (Exodus 25:2-7)  A true test of our love coming from our heart is to follow the money that we give and spend.  This offering was to be given willingly and cheerfully, not out of compulsion.  (2nd Corinthians 9:7)  The offering was then to be used to build a sanctuary for the Lord so that He might dwell with them on their journey.  God gave them the exact pattern for this special sanctuary called the tabernacle.

The tabernacle was really an elaborate tent that contained a special box called the ark of the covenant.  The ark was to be made of special wood, covered with pure gold.  It’s lid was call the atonement cover and it was to be specially made from one sheet of beaten gold and contained two cherubim, one on each end.  The cherubim were angelic figures with wings outstretched over the cover. This box contained the ten commandments given to Moses by the Lord.  (Exodus 25:17-21)  God told Moses that He would meet with him there, on the atonement cover between the angelic cherubim.

As we think about this amazing process, Jesus Christ comes to our mind.  He came to God’s people 1500 years later and pitched His tent in their midst!  (John 1:14)  His humble body was completely obedient to God’s law and he willingly gave Himself as the offering to build God’s true house!  It is through Him that all mankind can now meet with God in the true tabernacle in heaven, where the real cherubim surround the throne crying “Holy, Holy, Holy!”  It is through Him that we each become a dwelling place for God’s glory during our stay here on earth!  Praise the Lord!

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Approaching a Holy God

Scripture reading for February 2nd: Leviticus 1-3

Yuk!  Leviticus!  What can we possibly learn from all this sacrificing of animals?  Why all the blood and death?  Why the burning of offerings?  Why all the rules for priests and people on what and how they are to bring these sacrifices?  Isn’t all of this a bit bizarre?  How can we worship a God who would demand this from His people?

This might be your reaction to this book of Scripture.  I know that I had a hard time getting into it at first myself.  But after careful and prayerful reflection, it starts to add up.  Sin causes death.  (Genesis 2:16-17)  Death spread to all men by Adam’s sin. (Romans 5:12-14)  In preparing God’s people to have God live in their midst, they must have a blood sacrifice as a way to symbolically cover their sin and avoid death themselves.  God provided the first blood sacrifice for Adam and Eve after they sinned.  Before, they had used fig leaves, but God clothed them with bloody skins of animals.  (Genesis 3:21)  He was showing them the effects of sin each time they put their new “clothes” on.

Now, years later, in these rules in Leviticus, God is again visually helping His people to see how sin affects their lives.  The Law makes us aware of sin. (Romans 3:19-20)  These sacrifices offered made man aware of the cost of sin.  The soul that sins must die!  An animal could be offered as a way for sinful man to meet with his God.  When offered according to God’s instructions in Leviticus, God would accept the sacrifice and be pleased. (Leviticus 1:9,17; 2:9)  God is pleased because those who obeyed were using their faith in His Word!

Today, thankfully, we enjoy the final sacrifice for sin that was made for us 2000 years ago.  Jesus Christ shed his precious blood on the cross of Calvary and declared: “It is finished!” (John 19:30)  When we approach this same Holy God, we can come boldly before His throne any time day or night for prayer, fellowship, or forgiveness. (Hebrews 4:14-16)  We do it by faith in the sacrifice of the body and blood of our Savior! (Hebrews 9:24-26)  What a blessing to be free from the laws and sacrifices of Leviticus!

Read this today and take time to thank the Lord for what He has provided for us!  Enter His gates today boldly by faith in Christ’s final sacrifice with thanksgiving in your heart!  God will be smiling, Jesus rejoicing, and the Holy Spirit will encourage and comfort!  This is true fellowship with a Holy God  who is living inside of us!

“But now He (Christ) has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:26-28

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