FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
“And let them make me a sanctuary;
that I may dwell among them.”
Christ is greater than the tabernacle.“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb 9:8-12).
The tabernacle: It was the first edifice God commanded to build to manifest His presence among His people. “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it” (Exod 25:8-9). The Lord desired His people to worship Him, and the church in the wilderness was given this privilege to come with their sacrifices through the tabernacle.
The temple: When David expressed his desire to build a house for the LORD, he was told through the prophet Nathan that he did not need to do so, for it would be his son who would build the temple for the LORD. “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever” (2 Sam 7:12-13).
The throne: It is not the tabernacle nor the temple but the person of God on His throne that the believer needs. No building can truly represent the presence of God but the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who is the temple of God.
In worship, is the place more important than the person of God?
THOUGHT: Am I particular about grandiose ambience in worship?
PRAYER: Father, help me to worship Thee in spirit and in truth.