Sun, Jun 29, 2008

CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE! PART 1 EXODUS 25-30

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CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE!
PART 1
EXODUS 25-30

            Please turn in your Bibles this morning to Exodus chapter 25 as we are going to begin a journey looking at the tabernacle or that portable worship structure that God instructed Moses and the children of Israel to build. And God is very specific on how this is to be built. In Exodus 25:8-9 we are told, And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.  In Exodus 25:40 the Lord told Moses regarding the Ark of the Covenant, the Table of Showbread and the Golden Lampstand, And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.  Then in Exodus 26:30 the Lord told Moses, And you shall raise up the tabernacle according to its pattern which you were shown on the mountain.  And there is a very important reason God is so specific about the tabernacle and how it was to be built with all its furnishings, and we will look at that in a minute.

            But first, I want you to picture what they saw as they entered through the east gate into this tabernacle. First they would see the brazen altar where the animals were sacrificed and burnt unto the Lord. Then came the brazen laver, where the priests would wash themselves before entering the Holy Place. As they passed through the next door, the priests only could do this, they would enter into the Holy Place with the table of showbread on the right side, the altar of incense in the middle and the seven-branched oil-burning lamp on the left side.

            Separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies was a veil and only the high priest could pass through this veil and enter into the Holy of Holies and only once a year, on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. In the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant where the Law was kept. Covering this box, the Ark, was the mercy seat. And on the mercy seat were two cherubim and it is here that God dwelt, above the mercy seat between the cherubim.

            Now, in saying all that, did the people have direct access to God? Absolutely not! They had to keep their distance from God. The people could only worship God from afar; they were never able to have direct access to Him. You see, if the people could keep the Law perfectly, both outwardly and inwardly, then there would be no need for a sacrificial system and they could have had access to God anytime, anywhere! But that was and is not the case by our own efforts, by the Law. Paul tells us in Romans chapter 3, Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:20, 23.

            You see, God is holy and righteous; there is no darkness in Him at all. When God created man, before the fall, before sin entered the world, they fellowshipped together, they walked in the garden together.  But once Adam sinned that fellowship was broken. Adam realized it and hid himself from God, covering himself with fig leaves. It was an attempt by Adam to work his way back into the presence of God, and it didn’t work back then and it won’t work today!

            In fact, God does not even acknowledge this works righteousness. Instead, he takes a lamb and sacrifices the lamb making tunics of skin to cloth Adam and Eve. Why did He do that?  Because, it is as Paul said in Hebrews 9:22, And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.You see, without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Thus, the tabernacle was established to cover man’s sins but the blood of bulls and goats could never take away the sins of man!

            That brings us to the main reason this tabernacle was built. Not only to show man his sin through the Law, the awfulness of sin and man’s complete and utter failure to keep it. But the tabernacle was built to show God’s mercy to sinful man and to show God’s way out of that sin.  And folks, it was not through the blood of bulls and goats, as I have said, not through man’s efforts of being good, doing this and doing that, man trying to reach up to God. But it is God reaching down to sinful man and pulling him out of the mire of sin he is in and taking away his sins, not just covering them!

            Notice what the Scriptures tell us regarding our sins being taken away. In Psalm 103:12 David said, As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  That is interesting to me, for if He said north to south, they do meet.  But He said east from the west and they never meet, that is how far He has cast our sins away, never to be seen again!  Not only that, but in Isaiah 43:25 the Lord tells us, I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. He not only casts them away but He doesn’t remember them anymore! In other words, the Lord has taken our sins and cast them into the sea of forgetfulness and placed a sign there that says, “NO FISHING!” In other words, God has done this, don’t go back and drag them up again, it is finished!

            But how is this done since the blood of bulls and goats could never take away a persons sins, only cover them for a time!  Peter tells us in I Peter 1:18-19, knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.  And in I Peter 3:18 we are told, For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.  Thus, the tabernacle is a picture or type of what Christ would do, that is why God was so specific in its construction and where things were to go in the tabernacle!

            Turn to Hebrews chapter 9, and starting in verse 1 we are going to read what Paul had to say regarding this tabernacle and how it is a picture of Christ and the work He was to do. Paul wrote, Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience — concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.’ Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another — He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.  Hebrews 9:1-28.

            Paul’s point is simple.  All that the tabernacle was pointed to the person and work of Jesus Christ! In fact, the word for symbolic in verse 9 speaks of setting something side-by-side to make a comparison. That is exactly what the Lord is doing and thus, when the substance has come, then why hold onto the shadow?  When forgiveness of sins has been freely given to us through Jesus Christ, why hold onto something that could never take away your sins – a works relationship? What we see here in Exodus is a beautiful picture of how God would solve this problem of sin and the solution was not the tabernacle, it was JESUS!

A. B. Simpson introduces his work on Christ in the Tabernacle this way:

“The Tabernacle is the grandest of all the Old Testament types of Christ. It was all one great object lesson of spiritual truth. In its wonderful furniture, priesthood, and worship, we see, with a vividness that we find nowhere else, the glory and grace of Jesus, and the privileges of His redeemed people. And as in the architect’s plan we can understand the future building better, even, than by looking at the building without the plan; so, in this pattern from the mount, we can understand as nowhere else, that glorious temple of which Christ is the corner-stone and we also, as living stones, are built up in Him a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to ‘offer sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’”

- Simpson, A. B., Christ in the Tabernacle, Christian Publications, Harrisburg, PA, p. 5-6

And think about this for a minute. How many chapters are there in the Bible that deals with creation?  There are probably two chapters dealing with creation and yet, there are over 50 chapters dealing with the tabernacle!  Thus, God wants us to learn of HIS work of salvation and how He restored that fellowship with sinful man – it was by the shedding of His blood!

            Now some of you may be thinking I am stretching this “type” or “picture” idea, but I am not. There are many types in the Bible and I will just give you a few to show you what I mean:

            In Genesis chapter 14 Abram has an encounter with Melchizedek, the king of Salem and the priest of God Most High.  Now we might not think too much of him except that in Hebrews chapter 7 Paul says that this Melchizedek was a type of Christ and the everlasting priesthood, not like the Levitical priesthood!

            In Numbers chapter 21 we see God bring judgment upon the children of Israel by bringing fiery serpents with deadly poison and many who were bit, died! And in Numbers 21:7-9 we are told, Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, ‘We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’ So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

            Again, we might not look at this too closely except for the fact that Jesus picks up on this and tells us in John 3:14-15, And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  In other words, sin was judged, the serpent on the bronze pole, just as Jesus became sin for us so that we can become the righteousness of God in Him. Thus, all who looked upon the bronze serpent after they were bit by the snake, were healed and those who refused, thought it was foolish, died.  The type fits perfectly. All who come to Jesus, who hung on the cross of Calvary for our sins, will be healed and for those who refuse, they will die in their sins! For we all have been bitten by the serpent, stung by sin and the only cure is Jesus!

            In the book of Jonah we read of how Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, dead for all practical purposes until he was ejected out you might say. And Jesus picks up on this, telling us that the story of Jonah is true just as the story of the resurrection is true!  In Matthew 12:38-40 we are told, Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.’  Again, the picture fits perfectly.  Jonah spending those three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish is a picture of the resurrection, as Jesus spent three days and three nights in the belly of the earth, in the tomb before He rose from the dead!

            One more and that is the Passover.  On that first Passover in Egypt the lamb was slain and the blood of the lamb was placed on the door so that the Angel of death would Passover their home.  And this was do be done each year in remembrance of how God saved His people!  In the New Testament, in John 1:29 we are told, The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’  In other words, Jesus is that perfect sacrificial Lamb, who, by the shedding of His blood paid in full the penalty for our sins as He hung on the cross of Calvary. Thus, the Angel of death passes over our lives as we are now children of God and will enter into eternity with Him!

            Now let’s take a quick look at the tabernacle before we move on. The tabernacle contained seven pieces of furniture, seven being the number of perfection, of completeness, of Jesus Christ! If you were to take a straight line, cutting through each of the following pieces of furniture, from the brazen altar to the brazen laver, to the altar of incense and finally the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies, you would now have a straight line. Then, as you went past the mid-portion of the tabernacle, in the Holy Place there are three pieces of furniture. If you made a line across these three pieces of furniture, the table of showbread, the altar of incense and the lampstand, do you know what you would have?  You would have a picture of a cross!  A coincidence?  I don’t think so! Once again we see the tabernacle as a type and the work of Jesus Christ!

            With the remainder of our time this morning I want to focus on one more picture, one more type that I believe the Scriptures give to us in a very powerful way. We are going to see how the tabernacle, the camp of the children of Israel and the four Gospels all picture for us the person and work of Jesus Christ. Folks, as you listen to this you will see that no man could have orchestrated something like this; this picture is from God down to the tiniest detail I believe!

            Now to show you how this is all played out, I want to take you to a very obscure portion of Scripture. A portion that I am sure you have not memorized or used for your devotions. But, as you will see, Christ is in the center of this chapter for all to see.

In Numbers chapter 2 the Lord tells Moses and Aaron how the camp of Israel is to be set-up during their wilderness wanderings. Listed in this section is the total number of men from each tribe, 20 years old and up, who could go to war, not including the tribe of Levi, the priestly tribe, and the women and children. The total number of men that could go to war was 603,550 men. That would mean the total number of people leaving Egypt were some 2 to 3 million!

So let’s look at how the camp was set-up for in it you will see the four Gospel’s emerge. And what a picture this truly is! Also, keep in mind what the Lord told Moses and Aaron in Numbers 2:2, "Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father's house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting." That doesn’t sound too exciting yet, but it will be. Each tribe was to position itself under their banner, their standard, and not just camp where they wanted. There was order to it, and for a good reason as we are going to see.

JUDAH - ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CAMP - NUMBERS 2:3-9

As you read through Numbers 2:3-9 you will see that on the east side of the camp the tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun would set-up camp. Now the tribes of Issachar and Zebulun were under the lead tribe of Judah, whose banner was a gold lion on a scarlet background. Thus, when the pillar of fire by night or the cloud by day, representing the presence of God, moved, Judah and those tribes associated with them moved first in the camp. Also, the total number of men able to go to war from these tribes was 186,400 men!

            Now keep in mind that I said the way they set-up camp also is a picture of the different Gospel’s. Thus, the Lion, representing majesty, omnipotence, the king of the jungle you might say, or more appropriately the King of kings, is pictured in which of the four Gospels? It is the Gospel according to Matthew that links Jesus to the throne of David and presents Him as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Matthew quotes or alludes to the Old Testament some 129 times, relating them to their fulfillment in Jesus.

Matthew presents Jesus as the Lion from the tribe of Judah, and thus, the genealogies mentioned in Matthew chapter 1 are very important to us, for they link Jesus to being a descendent of David, and thus, having the right to be king. In Matthew 1:1 we read The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” So we see the Gospel according to Matthew presenting Jesus as the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies, the King of kings.

Thus, Matthew, in writing to a primarily Jewish audience, shows to them that Jesus is the fulfillment of what the Old Testament prophets spoke of, He is the Messiah, He is King!

REUBEN - ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE CAMP - NUMBERS 2:10-16

As you read through Numbers 2:10-16 you will see that on the south side of the camp were the tribes of Reuben, Simeon and Gad, that is where they would set-up camp. Now the tribes of Simeon and Gad were under the lead tribe of Reuben, whose banner was a man on a background of gold. These tribes were the second to break camp. And the total number of men that could go to war from this group was 151,450 men!

The banner of this group was a man, speaking of humanity. Which of the four Gospels speak of the humanity of Jesus? It is the Gospel according to Luke for he presents Jesus as"the Son of Man," using that phrase some 25 times, and it speaks of the humanity of Jesus. In Luke 19:10 we read, "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Now when you look at the genealogy of Jesus in Luke chapter 3, Luke does not begin with David and Abraham, as Matthew does, but he takes us all the way back to Adam. Why? Because Luke is giving us the story of Christ the man, who is a descendant from the first man, Adam. Luke 3:38 says as he speaks of Jesus, that He is ". . . the son of Adam . . ."

So we see the Gospel according to Luke presenting the humanity of Jesus, the Son of Man!

EPHRAIM - ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CAMP - NUMBERS 2:18-24

As you read through Numbers 2:18-24 you will see that on the west side of the camp the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin would set-up their camp. Now the tribes of Manasseh and Benjamin were under the lead tribe of Ephraim, whose banner was a black ox or calf on a gold background. These tribes were the third group to move out when they broke camp. Also, the total number of men that could go to war from this group was 108,000 men!

Now the ox or the calf was a beast of burden. Thus, as you read the Gospels, which one portrays Christ as a beast of burden or servant? It is the Gospel according to Mark that presents Jesus as a servant. We are told in Mark 10:45, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.Interestingly enough, Mark does not present Jesus as a king or as a man, but as a servant. A slave is not a king, nor is his humanity important. Now when you read Matthew and Luke you have the genealogies of Jesus, but Mark does not include that, why? Because you don’t list the genealogies of a slave or servant, for they are of no importance!

So we see the Gospel according to Mark presenting Jesus as a suffering servant, coming to serve man and not to be served!

DAN - ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CAMP - NUMBERS 2:25-31

As you read through Numbers 2:25-31 you will see that on the north side of the camp were the tribes of Dan, Asher and Naphtali where they would set-up camp. Now the tribes of Asher and Naphtali were under the lead tribe of Dan, whose banner was an eagle on a blue background. These tribes were the fourth group to move out when it was time for them to break camp. Also, the total number of men that could go to war from this group was 157,600 men!

Now the eagle speaks of supreme sovereignty as it sores through the blue skies, the heavens. Thus, as you read through the Gospels which one portrays Christ as God, portrays His deity, His supreme sovereignty? That should be easy for you for there is only one Gospel left, and that is the Gospel according to John. When you study the Gospel according to John you see the phrase "Son of God" used some 10 times. In John 1:34 we read John the Baptist saying, "And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.John proclaims loud and clear the deity of Jesus Christ. Also, in John 20:31 we read why John wrote these things. He said, "but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."

Many people believe that only two of the four Gospels give us any genealogies of Jesus, Matthew and Luke are the two they say. I disagree. Yes, Matthew gives us the genealogy of Christ through His stepfather Joseph, while Luke gives us the genealogy of Christ through His mother Mary. But John also gives to us a genealogy of Christ that is just as important as the other two, and it links Him to being God. In John 1:1-3 we are told, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made."

John takes us all the way back before “ . . . the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . ." John 1:14. It speaks of His eternal existence! I like the way The Living Bible paraphrases these verses for us. It says, "Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is-- nothing exists that he didn't make." I think that is pretty clear!

So we can see the Gospel according to John presenting Jesus as God, not a god, like some cults like to teach, but God Himself!

Thus, as you look at the four Gospels you are getting a complete picture of Christ. You see His royalty, that He is king in Matthew. You see His humanity spoken of in Luke. You see His servanthood spoken of in Mark. And you see His deity spoken of in John.

And so what we see is Jesus as the KING, who came to SERVE as a MAN, but who is fully GOD! But it doesn’t end there. It has been said that the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed, and the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed, and that is what we are going to see. We are not done yet!

LEVITES - IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CAMP - NUMBERS 2:17

In Numbers 2:17 we read of the tribe of Levi, the priestly tribe, who were located in the middle of the camp, around the tabernacle. Now as they all set-up camp, they would all face towards the tabernacle in the center of the camp, thus, they would wake-up and go to bed seeing the presence of God by a pillar of fire at night or a cloud by day. And the camp was also a picture of the throne of God. Let me explain.

In Revelation 4:6-8 we read, "Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy, lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’"

The banners of the four lead tribes, the lion, the man, the ox or calf, and the eagle represented these four living creatures. Thus, as they set-up camp they were painting a picture of the throne of God. And we still are not done yet with the picture we are painting!

When each group set-up camp they would do so according to the width of the Levites camp. Thus, they would not set-up camp northwest or southeast, but due north, due south, due east and due west. Also, you would always look at the camp of Israel from the east, towards the opening of the tabernacle. Now if you take the number of people from each tribe and place them in their proper position, north, south, east and west, you will find your vertical axis will have a slightly longer dimension on the bottom, that is the east side, than on the top or the west side, 186,400 to 108,100. The horizontal axis is almost equal, north to south, 151,450 to 157,600. Also, the tabernacle was in the center of the camp, representing the dwelling place of God.

So what? Big deal! It truly is, for if you went onto a mountain or if you could get into a helicopter to look down upon the camp of Israel, you would see a picture of a cross made by the various tribes which camped east, west, north and south. Not only that, but right in the middle of this cross is where the tabernacle was located, the presence of God. Thus, as you looked down upon this camp, you would see a cross with God dwelling in the middle of it!

You see, the shadows of the cross in the Old Testament are brought to light with Christ as He is placed right in the center of this picture. The camp of Israel was only a shadow of what was to come, but the substance is Christ as Colossians 2:17 tells us!  And, as Psalm 40:7 David wrote, Then I said, ‘Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.’  This is Jesus speaking here!

In other words, as you read the Scriptures, as you study the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is painting for us a picture of Jesus Christ and the work He has done!  Let me share with you these powerful words from Arthur W. Pink from his book, Gleanings In Exodus. He wrote:

We have now arrived at the longest, most blessed, but least read and understood section of this precious book of Exodus. From the beginning of chapter 25 to the end of 40 – excepting the important parenthesis in 32 to 34 – the Holy Spirit has given us a detailed description of the Tabernacle, its structure, furniture, and priesthood. It is a fact worthy of our closest and fullest consideration that more space is devoted to an account of the Tabernacle than to any other single object or subject treated in Holy Writ. Its courts, its furniture, and its ritual are described with a surprising particularity of detail. Two chapters suffice for a record of God’s work in creating and fitting this earth for human habitation, whereas ten chapters are needed to tell us about the Tabernacle.  Truly God’s thoughts and ways are different from ours!

How sadly many of God’s own people have dishonored Him and His Word by their studied neglect of these chapters! Too many have seen in the Tabernacle, with its Divinely-appointed arrangements and services, only a ritual of the past – a record of Jewish manners and customs which have long since passed away and which have no meaning for or value to us.  But “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable” (2 Tim. 3:16). The Christian cannot neglect any portion of the Word without suffering loss: “whatsoever things were written aforetime (in the Old Testament) were written for our learning” (Rom. 15:4).

Again and again in the New Testament the Holy Spirit makes figurative reference to the Tabernacle and its furniture, and much in the Epistle to the Hebrews cannot be understood without reference to the contents of Exodus and Leviticus. . . . The key to the Tabernacle, then, is Christ. In the volume of the Book it is written of Him. As a whole and in each of its parts the Tabernacle foreshadowed the person and work of the Lord Jesus. Each detail in it typified some aspect of His ministry or some excellency of His person. . . .

- Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings In Exodus, pp. 180-181

            My prayer is that I have stirred your heart this morning and that as you read through the Old Testament you are looking for the types, the pictures of Christ to see His beauty and love for you! Next time we will start to look at the tabernacle or this portable worship structure that God instructed the children of Israel to build. As I close this morning, let me leave you with this to think about.  The Law was established simply to show man his imperfections, his shortcomings, how far he has missed God’s standard of perfection. Thus, as we look at the tabernacle, we see a picture of how God would solve this problem! Remember, the tabernacle was not the solution, JESUS IS!

            Let me leave you with this picture of the tabernacle from the Scriptures, and I am really closing now. Imagine yourself entering in, For the wages of sin is death.” “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” “He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. . . . how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” And so we know that For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. So let us remember that for which we wait. So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, not to bear sin, to those who eagerly await Him, for salvation.” And as Christ says, “‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ amen, Come, Lord Jesus.(Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:22; Hebrews 9:26,14; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 22:20).  I pray that you have entered in through THE DOOR, JESUS CHRIST!

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