God told Moses work with the people to build him a tabernacle.
filled with His glory.
“And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8
That He might dwell–shakan–abide, settle, reside, tabernacle
“Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.” Numbers 9:15
God showed up
The tabernacle was a simple tent.
Oh it contained treasure, but to the onlooker it was nothing spectacular.
And yet it contained glorious treasure.
Like the Lord Jesus.
It looked simple, it contained divinity.
And it was covered by a cloud of fire.
Our God, A Consuming Fire
“Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power, driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day. 39 Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
A beautiful gift it is to see the glory of God displayed as a purifying, consuming, awe-inspiring, heat source.
Glory that RADIATES
Glory that covered the Tabernacle so much so that no one could enter.
SO MUCH OF GOD
NO ROOM FOR FLESH
“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”
glory–kabowd–honor, abundance, splendor, riches, dignity, reputation, reverence,
Fall on your face
Can we even imagine?
And to dwell with such glory . . .
I am undone
Behold I am a man of unclean lips, and I DWELL among a people of unclean lips.
We are undone.
And, yet. He offered to dwell, to put his chabod, in our midst.
If we want it.
In the very center of our lives. . .
can we see it?
Is there a light that burns in the night as a guide for your life, a beacon shining so bright?
Have you put off your soiled linens to be clothed fresh in priestly robes. He has them prepared and waiting for you.
Robes of righteousness.
Linen and light, cool and soft.
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9
Aaron was just a man.
He made a golden calf to please the multitude.
He was fallible.
And yet he had to put on these garments of holiness.
And go into the Holy of Holies
Into the presence of a true and powerful God that sees every deed and knows every thought.
Reading our minds, always.
He had to walk into the CHABOD.
And of course the closer we get to God’s glory, the more we sense our own unworthiness.
Each step increases our fear of God.
Each step makes us wonder if we are doing it right.
Especially the first time.
So Aaron was purified.
With the blood and oil.
On him, and his sons
on their garments.
To stay at the door of the Tabernacle 7 days,
. . . “so He shall consecrate you.”
. . . “so that ye shall not die.”
I can’t imagine what was going through Aaron’s head.
And yet, the day comes . . .
Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings. And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
Okay, so imagine you are one of the many, many children of God standing there watching this new ministry begin.
A ministry of atonement.
A ministry that points us to God’s desire to mediate.
You are standing there, the first priestly ministry. You don’t know what to expect.
And then the GLORY appears
And FIRE comes down from HEAVEN and consumed the offering.
FALLING ON YOUR FACE
GOD HAS ACCEPTED OUR OFFERING!!!
GOD IS PLEASED WITH US!!!!
What an amazing moment.
I wish I could go back and see it.
I wish that there was a youtube video from one of their cell phones.
Picture you are AARON.
What do you think?
What do you feel?
What do you say?
What do you do?
Do you ever forget a moment like that?
Oh to be set apart for God
To be used to bring down His GLORY
So the people can fall on their faces.
To be set apart for God.
No one is worthy . . .
But He still calls us to come away
to the Tabernacle for 7 days
to the blood and the oil
cleansing and anointing
The enemy stands there accusing us.
We are not worthy.
Yes, we know.
Vision of the High Priest
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.
Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.”
And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.”
So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.
Pluck us from the fire LORD!!!
Oh, take away my filthy garments and clothe me with rich robes.
And a clean turban on my head
that says, “HOLY UNTO THE LORD”
It is your Work and you stand by while I am
Our true High Priest–Jesus the Christ–has forever perfected us with His blood.
“ But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
How much MORE shall the BLOOD of CHRIST . . .
cleanse your conscience from dead works
TO SERVE the LIVING GOD
to serve the living GOD
to serve GOD
for a more perfect tabernacle.
Let the FIRE