Exodus (Program #100) – The Veil Within the Tabernacle (2)
The tabernacle was divided into two distinct segments or chambers; the Holy of Holies where God Himself resided and commune with His people. The other chamber is the Holy Place, full of the things of God, even types of God, types of Christ, but not God Himself. This is somewhat like our own walk, our own experience with the Lord Jesus. Sometimes we are walking with the very person of Christ yet at other times we seems to be occupied just with spiritual things, with items but we are missing His living presence.
Today we conclude our fourth week of messages dealing with the tabernacle. This has been a remarkable twenty programs because the types and pictures that we are seeing interpreted have been applied almost exclusively to our experience of Christ and not just teachings and doctrines.
2 Corinthians (Program #6) – The Ministry of the New Covenant (2)
Metaphors play an important role in Scripture. Webster says a metaphor is the use of one set of words to describe or illustrate a similar point.
John uses the technique when he speaks of Jesus approaching him in the gospel. “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Surely he wasn’t saying that Jesus was a literal “lamb”. But the metaphor or picture gives us a much richer and clearer understanding.
The apostle Paul was also very fond of metaphors, particularly when conveying his deepest thoughts in teachings. We see it used intensively in 2 Corinthians. For example in 2 Corinthians chapter 2:14 he says “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ” Here, the metaphor is the triumphant possession of captured and vanquished folks after a Roman battle. And Paul says that we, the believers had become such vanquished ones in the train of the victorious Christ.
Now, we come to another marvelous metaphor in the very next chapter, chapter 3 of 2 Corinthians begins this way:
1-3 “Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some do, letters of commendation to you or from you?You are our letter, inscribed in our hearts, known and read by all men,Since you are being manifested that you are a letter of Christ ministered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone but in tablets of hearts of flesh.”
Living letters of Christ. This is our topic today.
Exodus (Program #99) – The Veil Within the Tabernacle (1)
The tabernacle is a marvelous, vivid picture of the deepest experiences of Christ by His loving believers. The time spent to see the meaning and significance of its aspects and details is well worthwhile and will be richly rewarded by a deeper love and appreciation for Christ and His incomparable word.
Today we are going to consider the veil that was located within the tabernacle as a separation between the two chambers, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. This aspect of the tabernacle is really quite mysterious to most people. Both chambers contain items that clearly represents Christ and our experience of Christ.
2 Corinthians (Program #5) – The Ministry of the New Covenant (1)
When we consider what are the main qualifications to be an effective and useful minister of the gospel. We may list things like been an eloquent speaker or having a charismatic personality or been one in power with miraculous gifts that can perform mighty works of power in the name of Jesus. But the New Testament itself when presenting to us what’s the genuine ministry of the New Testament doesn’t uplift any of these things. Rather what we see in the genuine ministry of the apostles was the growth and maturity in the divine life. Paul the apostle himself was such a minister not relying on either natural ability or super natural gifts. He was the one spent years experiencing, enjoying and been constituted inwardly with the life giving Spirit, the very Christ in resurrection.
Exodus (Program #98) – The Boards of the Tabernacle (2)
The tabernacle as seen in Exodus is the marvelous picture of God’s dwelling place, the church. It’s walls were carefully crafted of boards that were joined together to give it strength and stability. God’s house should be the same today. But sadly, many groups lack such strong standing. The real testimony of God’s House, must be firm and unshakable. As His dwelling place our home, it must be grounded in His redemption and brightly expressing the person of Christ Himself.
Today we come to another message dealing with the boards that form the walls of the tabernacle. Yesterday we saw that these boards were made of acacia wood and then overlaid with gold. Today we’re going to look specifically how they were fastened together, how they were joined to stand and become the very House of God on earth.
Have you ever noticed a married couple that’s been together for a long long time and they know each other so well that they seems to be an unspoken communication between them. It seems that the one can tell how the other feels just by a glance into their face. This is really a blessed state of marriage to arrive at. But more importantly it demonstrate a very special intimacy and knowledge of one another. It is just this kind of tender and intimate knowing that the apostle Paul was referring to in 2 Corinthians chapter 2:10 “But whom you forgive anything, I also forgive; for also what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, it is for your sake in the person of Christ;”
This phrase “in the person of Christ” can also be translated as “in the face of Christ” and it implies the most intimate knowledge of another person.
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.”