Ark of the Covenant

Inside the Most Holy Place is the Ark of the Covenant. God has given to His people a means to worship Him. He has shared the process whereby we can have our sins removed. Teaching us His ways, He has offered light in the darkness, food for our hungry souls, and shared how precious are the prayers of His saints. Passing through the veil that separated the Tabernacle proper into two rooms, we enter the Holy of Holies to obtain God’s mercy. As we move past the veil or curtain, that separated the two rooms of the Tabernacle proper. Listen as God tells Ole Mo what goes inside the second room, the Holy of Holies Exodus 26:34~You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place. (ESV) 

Therefore, behind the veil inside the Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy place, is one piece of furniture, the Ark of the Covenant. Our journey through the Tabernacle has been like a guided tour on how to worship God. It describes and teaches us how to draw near to God. So we have read the instructions about the process, the elements to be used, the furniture to be placed, even the care for the portability of the Tabernacle. Yet, in all this, God gives Ole Mo the green light, to begin with, what is the most important part, the Ark of the Covenant. 

Everything in our lives must begin and end with God. In the Tabernacle, the most important part of our earthly replica is God’s throne. God is, and should always be the center of everything. Let’s read a familiar verse in a new rendering. Proverbs 3:6~In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (TLB) I don’t know about you, and all that you have been through in 2020, but the Savage’s in my home, could use some of the Lord’s success. Many of us need to relearn how to put God first, in everything we do. You’ve heard the US as a whole has a 3% remnant with a Biblical worldview. We need to understand that the Tabernacle reveals to us that God dwelt in a localized way to meet with the Israelites through their high priest. Exodus 25:8~And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. (ESV) 

Have you made the Lord a sanctuary in your life? By definition, a sanctuary is a place of refuge and safety. That is something we all need in such a strange and difficult year. A special place to get away from everything in your life and listen to the Lord. If you didn’t know or perhaps, at times, you wondered whether or not God wanted your company. Let me assure you, He desires to meet with you each day and talk about what is going on in your life and the good things that He has planned for you to do. Why not take time today to push out everything else and just worship the Lord. Begin building the Lord a sanctuary. 

Christ Alone

Have you received the fleshly veil of Christ Jesus? What, I thought our flesh could not take the presence of God? It can’t, and that is why we need a Savior. A once for all sacrifice. Hebrews 10:4~or it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10:5~Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; (ESV) After wandering in the wilderness and the establishment of the nation of Israel. King Solomon built the first permanent building—the temple—to house the furniture from the Tabernacle. 

The design of the temple followed the pattern of the Tabernacle, having a Holy Place and a Holy of Holies separated by The Veil. The Veil, or curtain, is first mentioned in the New Testament in connection with the crucifixion of Jesus. While on the cross Jesus cries with a loud voice and dies. John 19:30~When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (ESV) It was at that very instant that God, our Heavenly Father did something so amazing. Matthew 27:51~And behold, the curtain (veil) of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. (ESV)

Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian, wrote that the veil in the temple was a hand’s breadth (three inches) thick and a team of horses pulling in opposite directions could not tear it. Yet, when Jesus died on the cross, it was torn in two. It was as though God reached down from heaven, grabbed the top of the veil, and tore it apart from top to bottom. Why? Why would a holy God who was always just behind the curtain, do that at this very moment? The author of Hebrews writes in Hebrews 10:19~Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, Hebrews 10:20~by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, (ESV) The veil is called his flesh. This means you and I can now enter into the Lord’s presence through the crucified flesh of Jesus Christ. 

I hope that you NEVER, get over Calvary! It’s only in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ that we get to enter in; into a personal relationship, into eternal life, into the very presence of the creator of all who says to us in 1 Peter 5:6~So, humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. 1 Peter 5:7~You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern. (JBP) Before you head out into the wide world today, why not give some (or even ALL) of your personal concerns to the Lord, give them to Jesus. Cast your cares on Him, for He loves you so much that He paid the price for your life, by giving up His.

The Worth Life

When we think about the Tabernacle of God, we are confronted by all of the skilled craftsmanship found in each and every piece. People with a skill set so different than ours and yet so valuable and vital to the work of God. Take the skillful embroidery worked into the veil. Exodus 26:31b~…It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it. (ESV)

Four weeks ago we shared in great detail about these cherubim angels who guard God’s holiness. Oh, to have seen what the Lord birthed in the heart of the skilled craftsmen would have been so amazing. It would surely remind us that He who sat on the throne behind The Veil was holy. That all who approached drawing near would only do so in His holiness. True worship demands reverence of God’s holiness. 

Listen to Isaiah 5:16~But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts. (NIV) God’s holiness will never diminish. Grab the picture of God on His throne. Can you hear the four living creatures, the seraphim angels crying our HOLY! Isaiah 6:2~Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. (NIV) On each side of God’s throne in heaven Revelation 4:6~Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front, and in back. (NIV) This reminds us of His holiness.

No one living has ever seen anything like this. The cherubim on the veil represent protection of the innermost room, the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt and which contained the Ark of the Covenant. The penalty for anyone, other than the high priest, who only once per year, on Yom Kippur, which was last Sunday evening through Monday, would enter into the Holy of Holies to sprinkle blood. (Leviticus 16:19) You ought to take a moment and raise your hands and praise the Lord for Jesus Christ, who is our sacrificial Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

The Lord God sits enthroned among His people on just the other side of The Veil which hangs from four pillars made of wood and overlaid with gold. These pillars sit in four bases, or sockets, of silver. (Exodus 26:32) The Veil is attached to the pillars with hooks of gold. This beautiful veil kept everyone except the high priest from entering the Holy of Holies, and only then after the high priest had fully and carefully followed God’s specific instructions, against the face of certain death. (Leviticus 16:2-28)

Still, The Veil also serves another purpose. Listen to what the Israelites do when they move their camp. Numbers 4:5~When the camp is to move, Aaron and his sons are to go in and take down the shielding curtain and put it over the ark of the covenant law. (NIV) Numbers 4:6~ Then they are to cover the curtain with a durable leather, spread a cloth of solid blue over that and put the poles in place. The holiness of the Lord is so special, intense, and perfect that we are not ready for it in our humanity. The Veil reminds us that before entering God’s presence we must Revere God’s Holiness.

Today, take time to pray and worship the Lord. Then, just sit in His presence and listen to what He has to say, and respond.