Summary: Final message on the tabernacle. We have made it into His presence now what do we do? We are priests.
Notes and message preached on the tabernacle. Takes a journey through the tabernacle.
Note: Thanks to Doug Small and Pastor Chuck from New Hope at newhope-ag.com
Title: Taking His Presence into all the World
Introduction - Review
Well we are in our last message on the tabernacle. God has taken us on a wonderful journey as we have seen the worship and grace of God. It all began when we entered into the sanctuary through the gates of praise. In this we recognized who he is. Praise and worship allows us to get our mind on Christ.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4.
From there we come into the courts. Here we saw the brazen altar. The picture of sacrifce. This sacrifice is of Christ.
Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
From there we see the brazen laver where we make this definite decision not to be ruled by sin. It was on thing to be forgiven of sin but now we are not to be ruled by or given into sin.
This prepares us for the next step. In this step is our growth. Inside the Holy Place we see symbolisms of light (the lampstand) and food (the bread) and aroma (the altar of incense). We are reminded of how God works in us after we have received him. The Holy Spirit illumines our lives. He shows us and teaches us. From salvation to the filling of His Spirit. We learn of the fruit and the gifts of the spirit. In His word we learn of sustenance and long term. The balance of spirit and truth. Then we learn of fellowship with God by the incense of prayer. We are in this all the way. We are connected.
Now as we walk in his way and purpose we get to join in true fellowship and relationship with God. We go into the Holy of Holies. Here is the presence, the power of the altar. We learn of leadership (rod), provision (manna) and trust (10 commandments). Most of all we see the glory of God, He rests in us.
So what do we do now? For many (I may even say most) they are satisfied "just to arrive". They get so caught up in the journey they miss what God is trying to get for them.
The church has been hypnotized by hundreds of years second hand regurgitated food. Years of been spoon fed and under nourished. it is time we beat our spoons into swords and be the army that God has called us to be.
Most of you don't need another Bible Study. You don't need another sermon. You need a call to action to take what you have learned into all the world.
There is an interesting piece of scripture found in Exodus 19:4-6
Exodus 19:4-6 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. (5) Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. (6) And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."
This is the true identity and purpose of Israel. Never to be a nation who had priests but to be the priests.
If we don't know who we are and what our purpose is then will give in to every little truth.
You are not who the devil tells you you are.
God's original intention. What stopped the nation from being priests, God's representatives? Idolatry - the golden calf.
1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
9 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you--
Who are you? I AM A PRIEST
"One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple" (Ps. 27:4, NKJV).