Atonement

The Tabernacle Structure

Exodus 26 – Lesson 4

Introduction

The Tabernacle was constructed according to a Divine plan. God was the Architect and Moses, the General Contractor. There were many skilled workers used. Bezaleel was the foreman. This man was specially endowed with the Holy Spirit. Similarly, we are workers together with Christ in building His Church, but it is not so much working for the Lord as it is working with Him.

Note the measurements of the structure:

    - 45 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 15 feet high

    - The Holy Place was 30 feet long

    - The Holy of Holies was a perfect cube, 15 feet in all directions

(Note the smallness of the chamber). It is also interesting to note that the New Jerusalem is 1,500 miles cubed (See Revelation 21:16). 

 

The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark and the Mercy Seat were the most important of all the vessels of the Tabernacle. The Ark with the Mercy Seat was the throne of God. Shekinah Glory - God focused His divine presence throughout all the years the Tabernacle was in existence. This is why this innermost chamber was called the Holy of Holies.

The Mercy Seat

Exodus 25:17-22, Leviticus 16:2, Psalm 80:1 - The Mercy Seat and Cherubim were made from one solid piece of beaten gold. This speaks of Christ’s Deity and Glory being one. The only other article similarly constructed was the Golden Lamp Stand. Note the absence of wood. Humanity was not represented in any way. The place of mercy was wholly conceived and wrought by God.

Jonah: Lesson 3

The Casting of Lots (Jonah 1:7)

The sailors were at their wits end. They did not know what to do. They recognized that this storm was supernatural. They recognized that it was a judgment from God for some crime. The only way they could think of how to identify the culprit was to cast lots among themselves.

In the Old Testament, many people frequently resorted to the casting of lots in order to ascertain the will of God. Examples can be seen in the following: Achan, David as king, the way Joshua divided the land by lot, the duties of the priests and how they were determined by lot, and the way singers were chosen by lot. God gave Israel a method of determining His will since they had incomplete revelation. It was called the Urim and Thummin. These were two stones that were kept in the pocket of the High Priest’s breastplate.

It is generally agreed that these two stones were colored black and white. When the will of God was to be sought, the High Priest would reach into this pouch to ascertain God’s will by picking out one of these stones, either the Urim or the Thummin. It is thought that the white meant “Yes,” and the black, “No.” Is this how we have to ascertain God’s will today? The answer is, emphatically, NO! We have the full revelation of the will of God. Because that which is perfect has come, we have no more need for additional revelation, like signs and wonders, miracles and dreams, and visions and tongues. We have no need for Urim and Thummin. We now have the will of God from the Word of God.

The Importance of Worship

The Feast of Tabernacles

This feast is both memorial and prophetic. We look back and remind ourselves of our redemption. “We have known redemption, Lord.” We also look forward to the perfecting of our redemption, the consummation of our hope and the sharing of Christ’s ultimate glory.

Let me remind you of something we mentioned earlier: Leviticus 23 begins with the death of Christ, the Paschal Lamb. Then it reminds us of the resurrection, and finally sweeps us on to glory. This would be a good pattern to follow for the Lord’s Supper. We should never leave with Christ on the Cross or in the tomb. We should carry from our worship the thought of Christ exalted, crowned, and glorified. We also should remember Him in light of His soon return. 

In closing, God selected the place where His people should gather to worship. He has made similar provision for His people in the 20th century, by instituting the Lord’s Supper. “This do in remembrance of Me.” See 1 Corinthians 11. At this weekly remembrance feast, worship becomes the predominant feature. We also express our unity in Christ, and our fellowship together in the bonds of Christian love.

Leviticus 23 is one of the most profound and comprehensive chapters in the Bible. It begins with the Passover and ends with the feast of tabernacles. That is to say we have first “Redemption” and last of all “Glory.” Between these two great truths we have some of the richest and most profound spiritual verities. In the context of our subject, the importance of worship, each of these great spiritual truths should be present to some degree as the Spirit leads. 

Your Own

As one thinks back to the days of his childhood, perhaps one of the earliest recollections was the thrill, pride and joy of personal owner-ship. To be able to say of a certain thing: “This is my very own, it belongs to me; and to nobody else!” The words: “I,” “me.’ ‘my,” and “mine,” were often upon our lips. We spoke of “my house,” “my dad.” “my mom,” “my toys,” “my bike,” etc. Nor is this pride of ownership lost as we grow older for, deep down within the personality of each individual, is the desire for something he can call his own It may be a wife, or husband, a home, a family, a car, or a business.

There are roughly two thousand nine hundred millions of human beings living on the earth today, yet each one of these persons is an individual, possessed of a personality which distinguishes him from every other person. Each possesses an intellect by which he is enabled to acquire, retain and reproduce knowledge; emotions, by which he reacts to what he sees, hears, smells, tastes and touches; and a will, by which he is enabled to determine on a course of action and carry it out. God respects this personality of man and never coerces it. God seeks to enlighten the intellect through the message He has given in His word, the Bible; to stir the emotions, as man’s need and God’s remedy is proclaimed, and to precipitate his will to a right decision concerning the way of salvation.

Three Questions

Undoubtedly this is the day of the questionnaire. Quiz programs were never so prevalent and popular as today. For several years one of the best known programs on the radio was called “Information Please.” It consisted of all sorts of questions being put to a team of experts, and their knowledge tested on a wide variety of subjects, at the expense of the company who sponsored the program. At other quiz programs, huge sums of money and valu able prizes are given away to those who are f...
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