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God’s dwelling place!

Scripture reading for February 11th:  Exodus 25-27, Psalm 90, Philippians 1

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 25:1-2, 8-9  “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for Me a contribution.  From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for Me.  . . .And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell in their midst.  Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and all its furniture, so you shall make it.”  

God had blessed His people with a mighty deliverance and laden them down with the treasures of Egypt.  As He desired to dwell with them, He asked them to make willing contributions to building His sanctuary that would be in their midst.  He gave them exact plans and they must build exactly as He instructed.  Through faith, the people would contribute willingly and build skillfully to enjoy God’s presence in their midst!  This was the greatest treasure!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  Lord, I willingly offer You my body as Your rightful habitation!  Help me to obey You each day and allow You to do Your work Your way with willing heart.  I look forward to dwelling with You eternally at the completion of all things.

Philippians 1:6  “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  

Psalm 90:1-2  “Lord, You have  been our dwelling place in all our generations.  Before the mountains were  brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting Your are God.” 

 

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The Tabernacle–a place to connect with God!

Scripture reading for January 28th: Exodus 25-27

God gave Moses specific instructions as to how His tabernacle was to be constructed.  He told him numbers, lengths, weights and the type of materials for each part.  God left nothing to chance when it came to His first dwelling with His people on earth.  It was a mobile dwelling because God was moving with the Israelites and leading them as they journeyed. Four times in our reading today God re-emphasized the need to make everything after the pattern shown on the mountain.  (Exodus 25:9,40; 26:30; 27:9)  (He knew that men need clear instructions–they won’t ask!)

God’s dwelling place was a special representation of heavenly reality.  The ark was a chest of acacia wood about 4 feet long,   coated with pure gold.  Two gold cherubim were to be beaten out for each end.  God’s glory would reside between these cherubim.  The box was to have two rings on each side where poles of acacia wood would be used to transport it.  It was to be carried by priests who were consecrated for this job.  The tablets of Testimony, the ten commands, were to be placed inside of this box.  Later a jar of manna was placed there as well as Aaron’s rod that had budded and sprouted in God’s presence.  (Hebrews 9:1-5)

The ark of the Covenant reminds believers today of Jesus Christ, God dwelling with us.  John 1:14-15 tells us that Jesus came and “pitched his tent” (tabernacled) among us.  We beheld His glory!  Jesus kept the law of God, the tablets of Testimony.  He was the only man who has ever lived who fully obeyed the Law and was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15-16) He was the living bread (manna) come down from heaven, that if any man eat of this bread, he would never die!  (John 6:47-50)  He was the one chosen by God to have all authority in heaven and on earth! (Aaron’s rod!) (Matthew 28:18)  He was worshiped by angels at his birth, and now is in the presence of holy angels in heaven. (Revelation 4:12) This awesome object lesson opens our understanding of heavenly reality!   Thank God for this ancient object lesson!

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