Exodus (Program #97) – The Boards of the Tabernacle (1)
The cover or roof of the tabernacle is made of four distinct layers. Each of which are definite type of the various aspects of Christ. As God’s dwelling with man, surely the tabernacle typifies Christ. But the sides of the tabernacle, point us not only to Christ but also to us, the believers. We see that for God’s dwelling place, He needs us, the redeemed believers.
We spent the last couple of days considering the four layers of coverings that help to compose the tabernacle. Each of these layers typifies a different aspect of Christ.
The apostle Paul after his strong rebuke and dealing with the Corinthians in his first letter had good reason to visit the city at his first opportunity. It would had given him the chance to answer first hand any misunderstandings and to sue any lingering stinging from his rebuke.
In the realms of public relations or human wisdom he surely would had taken this way. But Paul’s living was not directed by such things as “PR” in human wisdom. And though he was criticized by some of the Corinthians for delaying his coming after he told them of his desire to come. We see the real reason for his delay. The reason was the Lord Jesus Himself. And Paul’s first concern which was not to live just a Godly life, but to live Christ, to live in perfect oneness with Him. This is the pattern that Paul had become not just to the Corinthians but to all of us.
Exodus (Program #96) – The First Layer of the Covering (2)
All of God’s saved ones have surely seen the Christ of the Gospels, the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself up for us that we might be saved. This in itself surely is marvelous, but have you seen the same Christ revealed in even greater details through the types and symbols of the Old Testament? To do so is to have our faith in God’s word strengthened and our love and appreciation of Him, much much deepen. Stay with us as we see the very Christ of our salvation in the details of the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place with man on today’s life study.
From Exodus 26, there were 4 layers of covering over the tabernacle. We did look at the first layer; ten curtains, made of fine linen, colored blue, purple and scarlet and then with the cherubim embroidered on them. Today we’re going to look at the other three layers. But we really need to keep in mind all the significance of these details that we saw.
The apostle Paul was a remarkable person. He was used by the sovereign God to unveil much of the New Testament revelation. He also performed wondrous miracles and was a mighty evangelist. Yet in the book that had been understood to almost be his autobiography, he tells us that his only boast was in the singleness or sincerity or purity with which he and his co-workers lived and served the faithful God by living Christ. Listen to his words to the church in Corinth in 2 Corinthians chapter 1,
12 “For our boasting is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in singleness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you.”
Exodus (Program #95) – The First Layer of the Covering (1)
God’s people Israel spent 40 years journeying through the wilderness of Sinai on their way from Egypt to Canaan, the Good Land. In a sense, they camped out for those years in tents that could easily be transported as they move about. The God of their fathers, Abraham, Issac and Jacob joined them on this journey. Joining them to such an extend that He too took a tent for a dwelling. This tent is called the tabernacle. It is mysterious, yet a marvelous type of Christ and the church.
We had 14 programs since we re-joined the life study of Exodus. They all dealt with different articles and the various items that Jehovah ordained to furnish the two inner chambers of the tabernacle. Thus far we looked at the Ark of the Testimony in the Holy of Holies. More recently the Showbread Table or the Table of the Bread of the Presence and the golden lampstand that were both in the Holy Place. Today we want to begin to look at the details of the actual structure, the tabernacle itself, it’s dimension and the materials used in its construction. We really seeing that, when properly open up, these details are utterly marvelous in what they portrait of the riches of Christ.
The apostle Paul’s first epistle to the believers in Corinth was of sixteen chapters and was full of his strong rebuke and argument with the church there. In that letter he subdued them and defeated them. Now in his second letter just as a parent would spend a long period of to comfort and encourage a child that had received the strong chastisement. Paul minsters to comforting ointment and the encouragement of love. Listen to his opening words in his cherishing epistle :
1:1-3 ” Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy the brother, to the church of God which is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassions and God of all comfort;”
This is a very subjective book, 2 Corinthians, where by Paul brings the Corinthians back to the experience of Christ and is a book that can lead us to experience Christ as well.
Every detail of the Bible is under the sovereign arrangement of God. Not only the words themselves have God as their source even the arrangement of the Bible is significant.
Romans for example gives us a full and complete sketch of both the Christians life and the church life. Then immediately following Romans we 1 Corinthians. What we have is the illustration of the same church life in the Christians life. What Romans reveals 1 Corinthians illustrates.
As we begin the life study of 1 Corinthians, a book that on the surface seems to be mainly focus on the problems of this 1st century gentile church in the city of Corinth but actually we will come to appreciate there is a very positive message in this book that is critical in God’s economy.
The types and pictures seen in Exodus have long been wonderful material for Bible study. Many of the deepest teachings and doctrines of the Christian faith can be seen theses types, but the real significance of these items may surprise you. Stay with us today for a rich and enlightening life study of the Bible, as we continue to explore the book of Exodus in the light of our own Christian experience and not merely teaching and doctrine.
We mentioned our experience of Christ in the opening and how it related to the mysterious golden lampstand. But not to alarm anyone, the experience of Christ that we are going to talk about really is not that mysterious. It is actually the normal Christian experience.
1 Corinthians (Program #55) -Dealing with the Collection of the Gift and Conclusion
In his first epistle to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul dealt with eleven serious problems that had overtaken the church there. Then in chapter 15, the next to the last chapter, after dealing with all of these matters specifically he points them to the unique solution to all the problems both of the church life and our human life and that is the reality of the resurrection life of Christ as our portion, the new creation. That brings us to the conclusion of the book, Chapter 16. And as he begins this final chapter its’ almost as if he puts the Corinthians on the test, the most vigorous of tests to see if his words concerning living in the reality of the resurrection had penetrated. He challenges them on the matter of money and material possessions. And this matter of money is still testing all of His believers even today. We will fellowship this and see the sweet conclusion to the book of 1 Corinthians.
The tabernacle in the Old Testament paints a marvelous and detailed picture of Christ in God’s New Testament plan or economy. All of the details are meaningful and they all point us to Christ. Among the various items in the tabernacle, the golden lampstand is particularly interesting even mysterious. For in this type, we not only see the shining forth of Christ as the light of life, but we see the entire Triune God as well. But even more we see us, the believers as part this golden, shining lampstand.
We are going to spend another message today looking at the lampstand, that the Lord prescribed to be in the Holy Place of the tabernacle. Yesterday we found out that of all the items in the tabernacle, this one is the most mysterious in its symbolism. Why is the lampstand so mysterious?