by Cindy Wallace on August 31, 2020
October 22, 2020
A father had been gone from home on a business trip for several days. As soon as his children saw the car pull in the driveway they excitedly began to yell and scream, “Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!” Their celebration was joyous and loud. But as their Father came in the door and they drew closer, the chants turned into intimate expressions of love as they ran into his open arms with hugs and kisses. “I’m glad you’re home, Daddy,” “I missed you, Daddy,” “I love you, Daddy.” The closer we draw to our Heavenly Father, the more intimate our relationship is with Him. Intimacy with our Heavenly Father is our final destination in the Tabernacle—The Holy of Holies which houses the Mercy Seat and the Ark of the Covenant.
Remember, priests were only able to enter the Holy of Holies once each year to make atonement for themselves and the people, but the way has been opened because of the work of Christ on the Cross. When Christ died he took His own blood, to the true Holy of Holies and into the very presence of God. In fact, the very moment He died the veil in the temple that separated The Holy Place from the Holy of Holies was torn in two from top to bottom showing access to the Father was made possible by the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. (Matt. 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45) All who are in Christ have become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21) and are holy and blameless before Him (Eph. 1:4).
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:14-16)
As we draw near to the end of our journey (in fact, the whole point of our journey)—intimacy with God—let’s take a look backward and remember from where we’ve come. Beginning at the bottom of the diagram let’s retrace our steps through the gates of thanksgiving and praise, past the 1) Brazen Altar and the 2) Bronze Basin, into The Holy Place passing the 3) Golden Candlestick and the 4) Table of Showbread, coming to the 5) Altar of Incense and finally where we find ourselves today, the 6) Mercy Seat and the very presence of God Himself.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, enter His courts with praise
Come, see the place of the sacrifice where the Lamb of God was slain
Let us offer ourselves on the altar as in death a new life we begin
And with hands that are clean and with hearts that are pure we’ll be ready to enter in
As the Spirit illumines our footsteps, daily we’ll feast on His Word
With boldness we’ll come to the throne of grace for things we don’t deserve
There is fullness of joy in His presence and a refuge from sorrow and sin
We can know His mind, we can know His heart if we’re willing to enter in
Many people are content to live in the courtyard and sing praises with the congregation, but are not willing to lay down their life in exchange for the abundant life Christ promised. Many are content to live in the courtyard having made that sacrifice, but are only willing to take a peek inside the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. But there are some who will go all the way through the Holy Place into the Holy of Holies to have intimate communion with their Abba “Daddy” Father.
Let me dwell in Your presence, O Lord, to gaze on Your beauty and strength
Change my heart as I worship You, Lord
Till everything in this temple you’re making of me says, “Holy”
Let it cry, “Holy!”
Abide in Me…the Tabernacle points to Christ and our life of worship in Him, and yet,…and I in you… it also points to us as His dwelling place and His life is lived out in us (John 15:4). By the way, did you notice that all the pieces of furniture are arranged in such a way that they can be connected by a cross?
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)
The crucified life, the life lived by faith in the Son of God is illustrated beautifully in The Tabernacle…The Holy Place…the Holy of Holies, and is the place of true worship—worship that is in Spirit and Truth.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” –Romans 12:1
As our journey through the Tabernacle ends, it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:9-11)
*Teach me, Father, to worship You
Worship in Spirit, worship in Truth
More than the praises my lips can sin
Worship is my life an offering
A sacrifice made holy
By Your cleansing blood
Dead to self, dead to sin
Pleasing You in all that I do
Teach me, Father, to worship You
O the depths of the wisdom and knowledge of God
How unsearchable His ways
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things
To Him be the glory forever, Amen!
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