Week Four Reflections with Hunter https://youtu.be/R520SUdB004 The Place Where God Lives Exodus 25 - 27 and Acts 6 Today’s reading is from Exodus 25-27 and Acts 6. We are reading through the New Living Translation. What’s it all about? The...
Week Four Reflections with Hunter
The Place Where God Lives
Exodus 25 - 27 and Acts 6
Today’s reading is from Exodus 25-27 and Acts 6. We are reading through the New Living Translation.
What’s it all about? The seemingly endless list of Tabernacle instructions are so specific and exact. It can leave a person wondering what it’s all about.
The Tabernacle was a place where God would meet man in a unique way. It was an intersection between heaven and earth, between God and man. A holy God would meet with sinful people, there in the Tabernacle. The covenant between God and his people was affirmed there. The stone tablets of the covenant were stored in the Ark. The lid of the Ark was a place where atonement was made for the forgiveness of sins, so that people could be reconciled and made right with God. All these things were taking place in the Tabernacle. And this Tabernacle was a pattern of things that were in heaven.
The Tabernacle helped tell the story of the love and salvation that God brought to his people, by the sacrifices made there at the Tabernacle. This was an important place, an important picture. But it was only a shadow of something far greater...of things yet to come. It was a shadow of Christ. Christ came to tabernacle/dwell with us. He was full of grace and truth. In John 2:19 Jesus says,
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
That temple/tabernacle was his body. In Acts 6 we see Stephen being given a vision of a greater Tabernacle, Jesus himself. He is the intersection between God and man, where heaven meets earth. There, in Jesus, our sins are atoned for, and we are reconciled to God by Jesus’ blood on the cross. He is the greater Tabernacle. He’s the fulfillment of the shadow we see in Exodus. We’re not only reconciled to God through his body. He’s also given his life to us now. His resurrection life dwells in us now. We see this in Stephen. He was full of the Spirit and wisdom – so full, that his countenance is being lit up. He is dwelling in the Tabernacle, that is Christ. He is abiding in Christ, in this moment.
We too can abide in Christ, the greater Tabernacle. He is not only the place where our sin is atoned for and reconciliation is made. But He is the place where we find life, power and healing, now. All these things are for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of it all.
Let’s learn to abide in Him, the greater Tabernacle. Let’s find our joy and strength, through Him, there. He is making all things new.
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