So let’s talk about the sacrificial system. It’s been an area of frustration for me over the years. In fact, I found it so difficult that I’ve kept it “shelved.” This year I have found some great teaching on the sacrificial system that has made clear what was once utter confusion. Read More »
The menorah is a fascinating item in the Holy Place. It was the only light source in an otherwise darkened room. There were 3 layers of materials enclosing the Holy Place and no windows. It was made of one solid beaten piece of pure gold, which in and of itself is a miracle because the purest gold is fairly soft. Yet it stood firm and tall. Read More »
The colors used in the tabernacle and the high priest’s garments had significance. Gold signifies divinity, silver redemption and bronze suffering. In Hebrew you get even a deeper meaning for each color. Read More »
He Tabernacled Among Us
Did you know that tabernacle means “to dwell among?” This definition sheds a whole new light on the tabernacle of Israel. In fact, when taken literally, a person can see six times where YHVH tabernacled among His people in history. Read More »
Leviticus teaches about the holiness of God and what’s necessary to draw near to Him. After Aaron’s sons die due to approaching YHVH outside His commands, we come to a section that discusses clean and unclean animals for the purpose of eating. Why would He put that topic in the middle of the instructions for approaching His presence? Could it be there is a direct correlation between the foods we eat and being ritually clean? Apparently so because it’s the first in a list of conditions YHVH describes for making a person ritually clean for drawing near to Him. I was very surprised by the detail that went into His list for what could be eaten and what couldn’t. These conditions were put in place so a person could enter the tabernacle of YHVH, His very presence to bring their sacrifices and offerings in order to draw near to Him.
Again, I wondered how it applied to today, after all, there is no longer a temple in Jerusalem, and if there was, I don’t get to visit it due to distance. However, I remembered a passage that taught my body is the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6 mentions food and sexual immorality in the same chapter. Verses 19-20 says -
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
I think there is something to be said about what followers of Yeshua eat and don’t eat, but don’t take my word for it. I know many are agreeing with my title right now but I hope to challenge you once again to study it for yourself.
Did you know that tabernacle means “to dwell among?” This definition sheds a whole new light on the tabernacle of Israel. In fact, when taken literally, a person can see six times where YHVH tabernacled among His people in history. First, in the Garden of Eden where He walked with Adam and Eve; second, at the burning bush where He gave Moses His marching orders. Third, the wilderness tabernacle that traveled with Israel and fourth the building of the temple. Fifth was when Yeshua walked this earth and sixth when the Holy Spirit indwelled each believer, since we are called the His temple in 1 Corinthians 3:16. There will be a seventh and final time YHVH will tabernacle among His people when He reigns over all the earth. That also got me thinking about the appointed times (or feasts) YHVH commanded the His children to observe. One is called Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles. It is a weeklong observance where YHVH’s people dwell in tabernacles (tents). Like all appointed times, this observance points to a time when YHVH will do something among His people. He has already fulfilled the spring appointed times, but the fall times, of which Sukkot is a part of, has yet to be fulfilled.
This year my family observed this appointed time in part; we celebrated on the first and last day as commanded and spent one night camping out under the stars. It was exciting for us all to consider that a time will come when all nations will observe Sukkot. Zechariah 14:16 says –
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”
What a great day that will be!
The Holy Place where the elements were kept – the lamp stand, the altar of incense, and the table of shewbread symbolizes my inner nature – my mind, heart and soul. It is from this inner place my actions and attitude is revealed. The table provides the Bread of Life. The lamp stand provides light from oil which comes from a source greater than me. The incense is the fragrant offering, a pleasing aroma, if pure of heart and mind. If from selfish intent, it will be a stench in the nostrils of the Most High. Then there is a veil of the finest linen, beautifully decorated, but acts a barrier. Yet, I know when Yeshua took his final breath, this veil torn from top to bottom, eliminating the barrier between YHVH and man.
The Most Holy Place is the dwelling place of YHVH. It is also the smallest room in the tabernacle. That amazes me. The smallest part contained YHVH, yet I can see how well it symbolizes my life. It is within the heart the spirit dwells and is one of the smallest parts of the human body. The heart is the life source of the body, pumping the life blood and when it fails, the body dies. YHVH chose to dwell through His Spirit in this small organ. Jeremiah 24:7 says –
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their YHVH, for they will return to me with all their heart.”
YHWH dwelled in the Most Holy Place because He wanted to show His people there is only room for one… for Him. It was built especially for holding His presence and a restored heart is the ultimate place He wants to reside.