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Joh 11:40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

I've had to repent to the Lord because I missunderstood some things in my study of the arrogant I was to think the Lord of Hosts would go to so much trouble to reveal to Moses the pattern of heavenly things, and have him build this tabernacle and to think it a representation of a spirit filled believer. In fact, it is a representation and type of Jesus Christ-everything in this Holy Bible points to Him..
Lord, I'm sorry, it grieves my heart to think I missed You on this one, and in my ignorance got it wrong. Please forgive me, I don't want to mislead anyone..
Please take this into consideration as you read this..I am praying for an ever increasing revelation of Christ-perhaps that is why He helped me see this. I was reading "The School of Christ" by T Austin Sparks, and when he pointed this out, it was like a light went  on inside of me and I was wowed, and the Spirit of God bore witness that this was truth and I realized I'd missed it-that my study of His precious Word was still too self-focused to think the Tabernacle was an illustration of a person other than Christ. Lord, please forgive me. I have left these writings here in their original form because He comforted my heart over this, and reminded me there was some important things I'd gotten right, too. Oh, the humility and kindness of God leaves me feeling undone. God bless you, truly is all about HIM and how He wants us to abide in Him....what a glorious place to be.

March 16, 2006                                         The Tabernacle and the Temple

I’ve been studying on the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, and the Temple that Solomon built today. I really believe the Lord is trying to show me something he is doing and wants to do. I understand as Christians, we are the temple of the Holy Ghost. When we believe in and on the Lord Jesus Christ and we are born again, his Spirit comes to live within us. We have the new life of Christ growing and changing things inside us. We become his dwelling place.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

How beautifully and exactly the Old Testament points toward the New. How wonderfully clear it illustrates New Testament and New Covenant truths, once you have the Holy Ghost showing you and putting the pieces of the puzzle together so you can see the bigger picture. I am so indebted and grateful to Him. His Word is better than steak. It is so much better than natural food. It is much more satisfying and fulfilling.

Exo 29:43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.

What does the word “glory” mean? You read that word so much in the Scripture. What is God’s glory? What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? I looked it up, did some digging, and there are more than one application, BUT when you are talking about God’s glory, it means ‘weight, splendor, honor, dignity, majesty, brightness, magnificence, and divine excellence.’ And a huge AMEN to that! To be in his presence, to feel his reality, to hear his still small voice speaking to your innermost-speaking from your innermost being, where he dwells in his children is matchless. Priceless. Precious. To feel the weight of his presence, to recognize his holiness and purity, and grace bestowed on such a lowly creature as human flesh-how humbling. His magnificence, his gentleness with me, his holiness as much as my feeble mind can comprehend it, wows my heart. It makes me cry for the sheer love and gratitude in my heart for the God who literally plucked me from certain destruction and wooed me with his love. To be able to rest in the knowledge that no matter what happens, he loves me. When I mess up, he loves me. He will deal with me if I don’t confess and repent of sin, but he forgives me when I do. He embraces me with his love and truth. He honors me that he would even know my name out of the billions of people in this world. But that he would go to the extreme of taking on flesh, suffering degradation and torture, and dying for me-what man on earth would go so far his beloved? None. That he would be willing to adopt me, be responsible for me, give me an inheritance, and teach me and watch out for me? Incredible.

His glory shall sanctify the tabernacle. So what does sanctify mean? As it is used here, according to Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary, it means to be made, pronounced or observed as clean, consecrated, dedicated to God, for divine service, to hallow, prepare, purify, keep or make holy. To set apart for sacred use. It also means to cleanse from corruption, purify from sin, to make holy by detaching from the affections of the world and its defilements and exalting them to a supreme love to God.
As I read that, and think about it, I realize one thing. I can’t in my own self and strength do that. I can’t fully sanctify myself, but neither can I expect God to do it all for me.

Lev 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;

See, he says we are to sanctify ourselves. As I read this, I see there’s some things I have to do myself. As much as lies within me, I should not place myself in a situation where it is wrong for me to be, according to the Word of God that I know and understand. I know the commandments, and must keep them. I must not partake of things that are harmful or unclean to my vessel, whether it be cigarettes, or gossiping. If I truly love the Lord and want to be obedient I can not take pleasure in the things of this world, where his commandments are being broken freely. For example, to sit and watch R rated movies where there is cursing, violence, nudity, and mayhem, is not pleasing to God. It is feeding my soul on trash. It will weaken me spiritually, and defile my temple. It will-if unchecked, desensitize me to sin, and it’s dangers. He says in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” But what about that sin nature I was born with that I have such a hard time controlling? When the Spirit of God inside me is warring against the flesh that I live in. What then? I believe that is when in my weakness, my heart cries out to God for his holiness, his purity, and he says “I will sanctify”. That, I believe, is rightly dividing the precious truth he has given us. It’s a give and take, personal relationship with our Creator, and our Heavenly Father. He promises to put his fear in my heart-which is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, so I won’t depart from him. He promises the same to my children. He gives us what we need to obey him. He empowers us by his Holy Spirit. He gives us the faith to believe him, the desire to obey him, and the power to do so. He knows what we can and can’t do. If I feed on his word, and seek his face, and often seek to be in his presence, then will I be transformed and changed. His word is the mirror I look into. It shows me what I am and what I am supposed to be. Faith mixed with his word works in me to change me when I surrender and let this vessel be governed by the Word of God. And what pleasure there is in knowing that God is mine and I am his. In knowing that I don’t have to worry because he has it all in his hand. And he has my best interests at heart. That I can trust his love for me, no matter what my eyes see or ears hear. When I pick up the mirror of his word and look in, I want to see him looking back at me. I want him, when he looks at me, to see himself in me. I have a 4 year old daughter. Nearly everyone who sees her, especially those who knew me as a child says she looks like me. Well, I want to look like my Father. Jesus is the express image of the Father. (Heb 1:3).

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Now back to what he said about the tabernacle and sanctifying it.

Exo 29:44 And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest's office.

Concerning the order of doing things-before they could enter the tabernacle they had to have clean hands and clean feet. They had to be living holy lives, not partaking of sinful things or going sinful places. I went to the website, (which I recommend highly) because they have pictures of the tabernacle, a replica in the Judean wilderness, and replicas of all the furnishings. It helps to actually see these things with your own eyes. To consider what the scripture says about them and look at the pictures of what they looked like.

Exo 30:18 Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.

Exo 30:19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:

Exo 30:20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:

When I read this, how God wanted them to have clean hands and feet before they come into his presence to minister the holy things of God, I was reminded of what was written in Psalms 24.

Psa 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

Psa 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

I was also reminded me of Eph 5:26-the washing of the water of the word... and I know I am the tabernacle of the Lord and he lives in me-oh, family in Christ, I can't tell you how that humbles me to know the King of Glory would lower himself to such a weak place to dwell.....what a treasure and honor I have been given.....and from there, I kept reading, and exploring his precious word.

Exo 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

He sanctifies me. He changes me. His word and his Spirit working together transform me. Oh, I want to be like him, think like him, look like him, sound like him, walk like him.

1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

See how he does it? It reminds me of what the Lord said unto Zerubbabel in Zech 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts!”

Exo 40:33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.


Exo 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exo 40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exo 40:36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:

He was literally walking ahead of them, and behind them, and all around them, wasn't he? And they could see him, they could see his presence...just like we can feel it, inside and all around us if we open ourselves up to it and feed on him rather than the garbage of this trashy world we live in. Being in the presence of the Lord is the greatest high there is. It thrills my soul as nothing else can or ever will. His eyes were ever on them, day and night, while they waked, while they slept, looking out through the cloud, through the fire.

Exo 40:37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

Exo 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

He never left them, just like he promised. He wouldn't go up among them, he sent an angel to lead them-and who was that but Christ incarnate-don't you think? He never left them alone....

And then I went to Kings where Solomon was finishing the building of the temple, and the same thing happened when it was complete and in order like God wanted it, look what happened-1 Kings 8, where Solomon had just finished building the Temple and put the finishing touches on it, and was about to dedicate it.

1Ki 8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,

Just look what happened when Solomon had the tabernacle in ORDER and FINISHED........ acceptable to the Lord....oh this makes me cry....I read through chapter 40 of Exodus about all the things that were brought into the temple, the candlestick, the anointing oil, which was holy and not to be poured on flesh or replicated, the ark of the covenant, the Testimony, the showbread, the table, the incense, and he began to show me the spiritual applications-how we are to have his word, his testimony in us, his daily bread to feed our inner man, our prayers-his incense, a sweet smell, his covenant promises, the LIGHT of the candlesticks--so we can be the light of the Isa 63:9-it says in all their affliction he was afflicted, the angel of his presence saved them, ...he bare them and carried them all the days of old...he was there through it all. And when you read verse 11, you have to remember that they had just took in everything and set it up as the Lord had directed, in his order. Look what happens when things are in order according to God’s Word and will.

1Ki 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

2Ch 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

2Ch 5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

Oh, I wish these lips of clay did not get so tongue tied when I try to testify and give praise to the Lord, he has been soooooooooooooooooooo good to me... so much more than I deserved...

and then this scripture just popped up and I don't know but I've been crying nearly the whole time I'm typing this , but look what he said in Isa 60:1: (oh this makes me hungry)

Arise, shine, for thy light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee............for behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon thee and his glory shall be seen upon thee.....(v2)

He said be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord, and when I dive into his word, it does something awesome to my insides that I just can‘t explain. It thrills me, makes me feel clean, it comforts me when I feel down or small, or vulnerable. It strengthens me when I am weak and discouraged. It heals me when I am hurting or sick. It breaks the yoke when I am battling depression. When I feel inadequate and naive, then I read Jesus is my wisdom, it gives me courage. I want to be clean for him, I despise my failures but I'm looking to the hills from whence cometh my help and my life (Psa 121:1) ---I don't want to build on condemned ground, that is what this world is. I want to lay it up there-where he is. He's my Reward. He's my Exceeding Great Reward.. I can't help but feel like he's setting things (me) in order and I am sure he wants to fill the house with his glory once more so lost souls will know there really is a God, and I'm hungering more and more to be filled with his glory....not for a show or so people will think I who am nothing am something, but because He's COMING BACK and I don't want my loved ones left behind. The devil's had so many phonies the world has grown cynical about the things of God, but deep down, there are some who are hungry for HIM, they just don't know that He is what they hunger for....I want those around me to look at me and say man if God can change her, he can me, too. I'm nothing, I’ve made so many mistakes, but I know He lives in me, he feeds me his word and I cherish it-One of my biggest fears is God PLEASE don't ever let me sit under your word, unchanged, unconvicted, and unmoved. Or unwashed. Praise God he’s willing to use the weak and foolish things of this world. That’s the only reason he would use me-just his sheer mercy. I have nothing he did not give me. I am nothing good that is not him in me. The only thing good in me is HIM.

Lev 9:6 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.

The priests had to offer atonement, for sin, and sacrifice, and sprinkle the blood; they had to do this for themselves and then for the people. It had to be done a certain way, in God’s order. Then this:

Lev 9:13 And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar.

Lev 9:14 And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar.

The head-burnt on the altar-oh, we have to let God burn up the chaff of our carnal mind. Renew it and let the mind of Christ dwell in us. The inwards had to be washed- cleaned, and that is what exposure to the word of God does for you, it washes you, shapes and molds you. And it is one of the most awesome and refreshing things. It hurts at first, when you are just beginning to grow in Christ, but now I welcome it for it doesn’t hurt much anymore. It’s my security, my peace, my HOPE. My LIFE. My SOURCE. The Word of God is my Treasure!!!

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

See? Being in his presence, in his word, letting it become so much a part of us that the outward man perishes, that we no longer want this world, but the kingdom of God, when we lay hold of what that means, and what he has for us, the things of the world pale in comparison and lose all their appeal.

2Ti 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Phi 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

We have the mind of Christ in writing, folks. We have the Holy Ghost to open it up to us and make it a part of us. What a blessed people we are!!!

Lev 9:15 And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first.

Now for some reason when I was reading this, my attention was captured by the word “Goat” here. What I found in Faussett’s Bible Dictionary was eye opening. Consider this: There are three or four kinds of goats mentioned in scripture, and I didn’t know most of this until now. But the first, is the wild goat, the second, the goat deer or gazelle, and the third, “he goat” which was the leader of the flock. I quote here: “The he-goat, the leader of the flock; hence the chief ones of the earth, leaders in mighty wickedness, the ram represents the headstrong wantonness and offensive lust.” End Quote. (Isa 14:9, Zec 10:3) and then consider this: the goats are separated from the sheep in Mat 25:32-33. The sheep are destined for eternal life in heaven with the Lord, the goats for eternal darkness without the Lord.

In Ezek 34:17, the Lord was furious with the pastors and shepherds who were supposed to be ministering his truths to the people but were taking advantage of them and lying to them and misleading them. They cared only for their own gain, and took from the people, and left them wanting. Now here’s where it gets really interesting, because there’s two more kinds of goats mentioned in scripture, but they are called by the same name-in the original language... Both are called sair (pronounced “say eer” ; the rough hairy goat, mentioned in Dan 8:21; Isa 34:14, and Lev 17:7 reveals that they are evil spirits referred to as goats. Then the last kind, also called “sair” was the “scape-goat”. This is the one Israel used to sacrifice, here. They would get two goats, and one would be sacrificed, the other would be led a long way off from camp, so far it could not come back, and their sins were piled on the back of this goat. (described in Lev 16:8-10). Goats like hard and rocky places. They are stubborn and self-willed. Sheep are easily led, meek and obedient to the shepherd’s voice. Gentle, not rough as are the goats. The goat had to be slain, no fellowship with the world, no stubbornness, no going your own way, it had to be offered on the altar and sacrificed. Given up to destruction. Then Aaron burnt the fat on the altar. Our flesh has to be crucified. It can’t rule or we will die. It has to be mortified through the Spirit and the deeds of the body.

You might be thinking this sure does sound awful. Why does God make it so hard? Well, from my experience, it’s not as bad as it sounds, though it’s not a cakewalk. These are examples written for our learning. They are physical illustrations of spiritual applications.

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

And it occurs to me, that this is also illustrative of how dangerous and serious sin is. If you consider the blood that was shed and the sacrifices made brutal-is not the consequences of sin brutal?

Lev 9:23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.

Lev 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

But when everything was done right, and in God’s order, look at the glorious result. The fire of God consumed the fat, and the offering. This takes me back to Rom 12:1, again. If I present myself a living sacrifice to God, daily, and offer up all that I am and all I have to him, to do with as he pleases, he will set things in his order, and the Holy Ghost fire will fall sooner or later and baptize and consume the sacrifice-only in this case, the chaff, or flesh is burned away, leaving a purified heart, and a willing vessel meet for the Master’s Use, and full of the Holy Ghost.

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Mat 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

For ye have need of patience that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise, For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come and will not tarry. (Heb. 10:36-37).

Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

When I think of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which I have not as yet receive, through NO fault of my Heavenly Father’s, mind you, the blame lies in the face of that person I see every day in the mirror. But when I think of how long I have been saved, 5 years this past Feb 25, and how content I was to just read my Bible, pray, and go to church, without a full understanding, without the hunger I should have had for this promise, I cringe. Then when I started craving it, there were the mental battles, the lies of the enemy telling me I wasn’t worthy, and the battle of unbelief. Not that I didn’t think God couldn’t baptize me, but that I didn’t deserve it-which is a denial of his HOLY word. He cannot lie. He doesn’t play favorites. There’s a damnable doctrine circulating among the church world that the Holy Ghost and the gifts he brings were only for the early church. Really? If that were so, that would mean that God would leave the church of the last days in the lurch without the power she needs to fulfill her commission. It would mean he was willing to give them something he’d hold out on us? Never! In the last days, when the devil is raging harder than ever, and the world is being shaken with one calamity after another, and ungodliness and sin is abounding more and more, he will not deny the church-his Bride-what she needs.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord:

Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

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