Experiencing God's Presence
The tabernacle which God instructed Moses to construct is a powerful lesson for us today. We can learn an enormous amount about how God wants us to enter His presence.
Today we are going on a journey into the presence of God. We enter God's presence by way of His Tabernacle, God's tent of Meeting. As we examine this incredible structure, we will see how every point of the God's Tabernacle points to Jesus.
Of what possible importance could an old, dusty animal skin tent in the midst of a Nomadic, wandering migration of people camping across the Sinai's trackless desert have in this ultra modern 21st century life in which we live? Can a tent constructed 35 dim centuries ago give any light to the dark, sin stained path we often must tread? Join me as we look at the tent and its meaning and find strength in Christ for our lives today.
The camp of Israel was at least 81 square miles just for 600,000 fighting men and their families! The Exodus march at 5 people wide would have stretched 225 miles long. If they traveled 50 wide they would have been 22.5 miles. For a missions note, our world of 6 billion would be @ 100 wide 45,000 miles long!
To feed three million people would take 1300 box cars of food each day or a train 9 1/2 miles long!
If we were to top a hill in the Wilderness of the Sinai peninsula 3,400 years ago we would first see one of the largest encampments of people ever on the planet. There were 600,000 families who came out of Egypt. With 5 per family that is 3 million folks. With just a normal camp site it would take 81 square miles of territory for this many people.
Then we would see it, the Tabernacle. In the center of the Camp, with smoke slowly rising from the altar, and with the 12 Tribes in an ordered arrangement around it. Looking intently we would note a long, black, unattractive tent of porpoise skins. But when we traveled through the loud, smelling and busy camp and made it to the Tabernacle we would find a much different sight.
- When we came inside, we would find ourselves surrounded by shining gold:
- Looking up to the curtained roof, we see the wings of the cherubim woven in; blue and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen.
- The light of the golden candlestick would softly shine and reveal all the beauty within.
So it is with Christ Himself. The natural man, beholding Him, sees no beauty that he should desire Him. But to those who know the Lord Jesus Christ, His beauty satisfies their souls.
The Tabernacle teaches us so much about the wonders of our Matchless God. Here are just a few of the lessons about the Lord.
The Tabernacle is God's Portrait of Christ "tenting" John 1:14 Among Us
1. The Tabernacle: God wants us LIVING IN His Presence.
2. The Brazen Altar: God wants us APPROACHING HIS HOLINESS (The Doctrine of Satisfaction)
3. The Laver of Brass: God wants us CLEANSING OUR SINS (The Doctrine of Sanctification) The Three Entrances
4. The Golden Lampstand: God wants us WALKING IN HIS LIGHT
5. The Table of Showbread: God wants us NOURISHED BY OUR SAVIOR
6. The Altar Of Incense (30:1-10, 34-38) : God wants us PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT
7. The Veil Which Was Rent: God wants us ENTERING HIS PRESENCE WITH BOLDNESS
8. The Ark of the Covenant: TRUSTING HIS PROMISES
9. The Mercy Seat: RESTING IN HIS SACRIFICE
Now, for our lesson on entering the Presence of God today, I call these -
Seven Keys To The Heart of God
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