[Hebrews 9:2-3] "There were two rooms in that Tabernacle. In the first room were a lampstand, a table, and sacred loaves of bread on the table. This room was called the Holy Place.Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Most Holy Place."
Within the Holy Place of the tabernacle, there was an inner room called the Most Holy Place. It was God’s special dwelling place in the midst of His people. The presence of God remained guarded from man behind a thick curtain during the history of Israel. However, Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross changed that. As the veil was torn, the Most Holy Place was made accessible to all. Remember this week that you have access to God's presence no matter where you are. The ultimate offering has been sacrificed and we can now boldly enter into God’s presence!
[John 19:30] "When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
This weekend, we will honor the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus' sacrifice, we can look at any issue we may face in life and say, "It is finished". Because of His blood, our sins are covered and we are made clean. One definition for the word "finish" is: having lost effectiveness, power, or prestige. As we celebrate our risen Savior, we can say: SICKNESS is finished. ADDICTION is finished. FEAR is finished... anything you fight is FINISHED because of His perfect sacrifice!
[Exodus 30:8] "When Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations."
The incense on the altar was a symbol of the prayers and intercession of the people to God. God wanted His dwelling to be a place where people could approach Him and pray continuously. As we approach our week, may our prayers rise to God without ceasing; not just for our family, friends and communities but, for the generations to come. “…for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:7)
Exodus 25:31 "You shall make a lampstand of pure gold..."
The Inner Court was covered with fine linens that allowed zero light from the outside world to enter. The purpose of the lampstand (or candlestick) in the Tabernacle was to illuminate the room. Our job as Christians is to be the light wherever we go. There is a children's song where it is proclaimed, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!". How can we shine for God? Jesus says that we are to let our lights shine before men in such a way that they will see our good works and glorify God. That's how we do it. We live for God. No matter how dark things appear this week, do not cover your light. You were saved to shine!
[Exodus 25:30] "...And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always."
The showbread was baked and placed on the table in the Tabernacle as an offering to God. The cakes were to be left on the table for a week, and then be replaced with new ones on the Sabbath, so that there were always fresh loaves on the table, and those that had started going stale were removed.
This week, let us all examine our hearts and find something fresh to offer up to God. He deserves something better than the stale leftovers that we have held onto for too long!