What Makes New So Beautiful?
New. What comes to mind when you think about that tiny but enlivening word? A home with freshly painted eggshell walls? A classroom full of wide-eyed kindergarteners? An unknown city bursting with possibilities—and anxieties? When I think about new, I envision a clean white shirt, freshly pressed with a hint of starch mingled with my husband's scent. I love fresh, new things. But I crave the familiar too. Do you? Flip through the book of Revelation, and you won't find much that's new—at least at the beginning. Images of destruction, fear, and horror stain the pages—until you reach the end. Then everything changes. In Revelation 21, the author paints a…
The Tabernacle of Moses – God’s Heavenly Pattern for our Spiritual Transformation – Part V: The Most Holy Place
THE HOLY OF HOLIES The Outer Court of the Tabernacle, as viewed by someone approaching it, would appear as a privacy fence fifty cubits (3) (72.9 ft/22.3m) wide by one hundred cubits (145.8 ft/44.5m) long by five cubits (7.3 ft/2.3m) high made of fine (i.e., with a high thread count per inch) white linen supported by bronze posts (twenty on the long sides and ten on the short sides) with bronze bases and silver caps on top (Exodus 27:9-15). Also, there were silver hooks on the posts for attaching the linen and bronze stakes for cords to support the posts on both sides (Exodus 27:17-19).
The Tabernacle of Moses – God’s Heavenly Pattern for our Spiritual Transformation – Part IV: The Holy Place – Golden Altar of Incense
THE GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE Located directly in front of the veil that leads to the Holy of Holies, at the West end of the Holy Place, stands the Golden Altar of Incense.
The Tabernacle of Moses – God’s Heavenly Pattern for our Spiritual Transformation – Part III: The Holy Place – Table of Showbread
THE TABLE OF SHOWBREAD The Table of Showbread is located to our right along the Northside of the Tabernacle, directly across from and illuminated by the Golden Lampstand. Remember, there was no other source of light in the Holy Place other than the Golden Lampstand. The light from it is reflected off of the walls that are made of boards of acacia wood (very disease and pest resistant) overlaid with pure gold (Exodus 26:15-29) and the ceiling that is made of colored fine linen with pictures of the Cherubim (i.e., angels that guard God’s throne in Heaven) sewn on them (Exodus 26:1-6). Just as the Priests could not see the…
The Tabernacle of Moses – God’s Heavenly Pattern for our Spiritual Transformation – Part II: The Holy Place – Golden Lampstand
THE TABERNACLE The Tabernacle was a tent located within the Outer Court. It was 45 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 15 feet high. Four curtains serve as the roof and walls of the tabernacle. The innermost curtain is made of fine linen. Four curtains serve as the roof and outer covering of the walls of the tabernacle:
The Tabernacle of Moses – God’s Heavenly Pattern for our Spiritual Transformation – Part I: The Outer Court
The design for the Tabernacle of Moses (or Tent of Meeting) was given to Moses by God while on Mount Sinai, and it is based upon the Tabernacle in Heaven (Hebrews 8:5. Exodus 25:40). This Earthly Tabernacle was to prophetically point the way to God the Father through Jesus; therefore, no error was allowed in its construction. Furthermore, the building of the Tabernacle reveals the ultimate desire of God our Father – to live amongst us His children (Exodus 25:8). Oh, the joy of God when He became flesh and dwelt amongst His people – Emmanuel (i.e., God with us)! (John 1:14)