Summary: The Sanctuary’s origins and how it applies to the believer’s life today.
Grant van Boeschoten
September 23, 2007
Psalm 132:7 (NLT)
Let us go to the sanctuary of the Lord; let us worship at the footstool of his throne.
God has always wanted relationship with his people. The relationship was breached in the Garden of Eden when Eve and then Adam directly disobeyed God. Adam and Eve’s disobedience didn’t change God’s heart towards man, his prized creation. It simply meant that God had to resolve the problem of sin so that relationship could be reestablished.
In Exodus we read about the development of the Sanctuary. It was established by God so that he would have a place to live among His people. We first read about the Sanctuary in Exodus at Mount Sinai. God had come down to the Mountain and had made a covenant with the nation of Israel. Now he was asking them to build the Sanctuary.
In Exodus 25:8 (NRSV) God says, “Have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them.”
What is a sanctuary?
• It is a place that is Holy.
• It is a place where God himself can dwell.
• It is a place where God can speak to people.
• It is a place that should be approached with awe and reverence.
• It is a place where people’s lives are touched and changed by the very presence of God.
• It is a supernatural hotspot, because in the sanctuary you find God.
The Sanctuary is a place that is Holy, and in the Old Testament God set up that the sanctuary would be in the Tabernacle and later on in the Temple. The New Living Translation says it this way, "I want the people of Israel to build me a sacred residence where I can live among them. 9 You must make this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the plans I will show you.” Exodus 25:8-9 (NLT)
The plans that God gave to the people were very detailed and included instructions for materials to be used, the clothes that the Priests could wear, the proper way to worship God, and how the Tabernacle was to be cared for.
It was very important that the people followed the exact instructions that God was giving because the Sanctuary had to be a place that was Holy, it had to be pure and undefiled, and after all it was going to be the place where God took up residence with his people.
Moses took up an offering and the people gave freely of their gold and silver and there was so much being donated that Moses had to actually ask the people to stop giving! The skilled workers went to work following God’s instructions and the Tabernacle, which was a beautiful tent, was built.
Hebrews 9:2-7 (NLT)
2 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.
3 Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Most Holy Place.
4 In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing manna, Aaron’s staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant.