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Summary: Decision at the Gate...or rather God's Provision THE GATE

THE GATE

(Ex. 27:16-19; 38:18, 19)

When God gave to Moses the instructions to build the Tabernacle, He started with the Holies of Holies; from God outward to man. In our study of the Tabernacle we are looking at man’s approach to God or from the outside journeying into the presence of God. The linen wall, a type of the righteousness of Christ, showed us man could not enter into the presence of God, except by the gate God provided. The very first step to meet God must be to make a DECISION to enter in at the gate. Instead of studying man's DECISION, we will rather study GOD’S PROVISION THE GATE.

1. One Gate.

• There was only one gate, but every Israelite could thank God that He had provided the one.

• Had it not been for this one gate, no decision could have been reached.

• There would have been no means of approach to God.

• No anointing of the eyes is needed to see that this gate speaks of Him who said, "I am the door" (John 10:7, 9),

….and "I am the way" (John 14-6).

Psalm 118:20 talks about "This gate of the Lord unto which the righteous shall enter

A. The world teaches there are many ways to God

• They preach that we are all going down our own road…and will all end up one day in the same place

• They claim that if you go west and I go east and they go south …will we all end up in the same place at the same

time …NO…NO… impossible.

• The Bible says that there is a way that seems to be right but the end thereof is death, (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)

• (incidentally just past the gate was the Brazen Altar (Altar of Sacrifice)

• You couldn't enter at the gate without passing the Blood-stained altar

• You had to put your hand on the sacrifice signifying it was yours

• You can’t come to Jesus without a trip by the altar

• John said Behold the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world

• Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that all the sacrifices were a type of

Ephesians 2:13 says "Ye who sometime far off were made nigh by the Blood of Christ"

• I'll say it loud and clear: Apart from the Blood of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross there is NO

WAY to God

• Your Goodness…Your money and position….your Godly family members …….Your influence….won't get you into

Heaven

Acts 4:12

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

2. NOTICE IT IS A WIDE GATE.

• The court was 75wide; the gate was 30’ feet wide.

• The width of the gate seemed to be entirely out of proportion to the width of the court which was 150X75

• It spoke of the breadth of God's love.

• When Paul prays in Ephesians 3:18, he first men¬tions the "breadth" of God's love.

• It also spoke of the "so" and the "Whosoever" of John 3:16.

3. THE HANGING.

• The gate was made of fine-¬twined linen.

• The quality of linen depends upon the number of "lea" to the yard.

• The linen found on mummified bodies of the time of the Exodus was 1,200 "lea.

• " This was twice as fine as the best linen that Queen Victoria was able to obtain for the royal ta¬bles.

• This fine linen spoke of Jesus

4. THERE WERE FOUR PILLARS HOLDING UP THIS GATE

• There were four pillars of brass, in sockets of brass, which upheld the hanging of linen.

• The brass spoke of Him who endured the judgment due the sinner

(2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:6, 10).

• They also correspond to the Four Gospels that tell of the Christ of manifestation, for "He was manifested to take

away our sins" (I John 3:5).

• John's Gospel closes with these words, "These things are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the

Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name" (John 20:31).

DID YOU REALIZE THAT EACH GOSPEL WRITER PORTRAYED JESUS IN SUCH A WAY THAT FORE FILLED FOUR OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES

• Each prophecy spoke of Christ’s Coming in a different way…….a four-fold way

• That’s why the genealogy in Matthew is presented differently than that of Luke’s.

• Luke shows us Jesus as the perfect man and his genealogy goes back to the first man Adam

• Matthew shows Jesus as King and his genealogy traces back to the son of David and the Son of Abraham.

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