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The Tabernacle

How does the design of the Tabernacle of Israel illustrate other designs of God? The last chapter in the book of Exodus (40:1-8) is where the Tabernacle is set up. It is a magnificent message to us that illustrates deeper truths about God and man. Its design required three separate areas: the courtyard where were the laver of water and the brazen altar on which sacrifices were burnt and is boundaried by a curtain from the rest of the Israelite camp, the Holy Place where the table of showbread, the golden candlestick and the altar of incense were, and the Holy of Holies where the ark of the covenant rested and the high priest met God with sacrifices. These three particularly focused areas illustrate the way the heavens are set up. There is the atmospheric heaven which relates to the courtyard. This is the heaven that provides rain, wind and holds air around the earth.   Second is the celestial heaven. This is the place of planets, stars and galaxies. It is measurable and we are continual…

Long Life

Does this sound like something you want? It requires "fearing God." We must be focusing on respecting His position and power, and having a reverential fear that leads us to not do activities that are against His commands. Fearing God has benefits that are multiple. One such benefit was shared up front in David's lesson of Psalm 34. He said, "Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?" (34:12) This was a good result of fearing God. So, what is David encouraging us to do to receive long life? Three actions are mentioned but are not the only things possible to do: One, "Keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!" (34:13) This is difficult because the tongue has been identified as a flame of fire, hard to be put out. It evidences the darkness of our hearts because out of the heart the mouth speaks. Still the same, David says, watch that tongue of yours, bridle it so you can control it. Let the brain sit on words …

God's Governance

There are times when we hide what we are doing from others because we think we can, but we forget about God, His sight and influence on the earth. There is a theological position called Deism that says God exists and created the world, but thereafter assumed no control over it and the lives of its people. In a sense, He created it and now He ignores it. Is that true? John the Apostle was taken up into heaven and "saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it…The one sitting on it was as brilliant as gemstones…And the glow of an emerald circled His throne like a rainbow." (Revelation 4:2-3) There is more in this Revelation passage but the emphasis here is on God's power and place. The psalmist said, "The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do." (Psalm 33:13-15) This passage, and many others which we can't innumerate here, decl…

Hypocrite 2

Yesterday we revealed the priests and elders council of the Jews that looked for people who would testify falsely about Jesus. They did this even knowing that they were breaking the ninth commandment which said, "You must not testify falsely against your neighbor." (Exodus 20:16) Today we will see that their hypocrisy went even further. It can't get any clearer than these statements from Matthew as he reviews for us the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. "Very early in the morning the leading priests and the elders met again to lay plans for putting Jesus to death." (Matthew 27:1) It was not that they accidentally ended up putting Jesus in harm's way; they determined to do so. They were going to murder Jesus at any cost. Judas of Iscariot meanwhile had realized the error of his betrayal of Jesus and taken the 30 pieces of silver back to the leading priests and elders. They didn't care about his remorse and so he threw the coins down in the Tem…