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|The Tabernacle and the Sabbath|
|Topic Started: Mar 17 2012, 08:11 AM (119 Views)|
|MarkStaneart||Mar 17 2012, 08:11 AM Post #1|
The building of the tabernacle is associated in this portion with Sabbath worship. From a 21st Century Christian perspective, we may easily conclude that this is because they went to Church on the Sabbath. This misses the point entirely. The Tabernacle is, among other things, described here as a physical manifestation of the Sabbath experience.
It is "hedged about" by the outer courts. It is a place that is unique and separate: sanctified and distinct from the world around us.
The first thing we deal with, when entering the Sabbath, as with entering the Tabernacle, is to do business with God: to confront the issues that will interfere with our worship and make reconciliations where they are necessary.
Just past the Altar of Sacrifice is the Brass laver. We commit ourselves to holiness, making ourselves clean for worship.
Once inside the place of holiness, we see the Light of the Menorah: the Light of God and the Word of God (wisdom and righteousness).
We lay on the Table, the good deeds of the week, remembering and honoring Him with them.
It is in this chamber that we are immersed in prayer.
Beyond this is Most Holy Place where we find true and complete intimacy with God. We hear from Him and we rest in His presence.
This is the Tabernacle. This is the Sabbath.
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