Pastor Duane White continued our new series REclaimed: Old Things Made New on Sunday, March 13th at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
REclaimed: Old Things Made New
Pastor Duane White continued our REclaimed series this week by unpacking more information about the tabernacle. He shared that although we are actually looking at some old things that are from a fresh perspective, we are also reclaiming these Old Testament furnishings that seem to have NOTHING to do with our lives, and finding some modern day truths that have EVERYTHING to do with our lives.
The Old Testament is Christ concealed, and the New Testament is Christ revealed; but never get caught into believing that the Old Testament has no bearing on your life. The Old Testament points to Jesus, and Jesus is always relevant to our lives!
After giving a short overview of the tabernacle, Pastor Duane went into detail about one specific piece of furniture: The Ark of the Covenant. This was where the priest was headed when he began in the outer court, and he could only go past the veil toward the Ark once a year. As Pastor Kris shared last week, we have an all access pass, and, therefore, we can boldly come before the throne anytime that we want. You could say it this way, the Ark was the crowning piece in the tabernacle.
As the Tabernacle was being built, God specifically asked the people to build the Ark first, because God always finishes things before He starts them.
“And they shall make an ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits shall be its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height. And you shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and shall make on it a molding of gold all around.” And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.“(Exodus 25:8 – 11, NKJV).
It’s important to remember that there was a purpose to the tabernacle – for God to fellowship with man. There is also a pattern to worship and a purpose to this pattern. This is seen in the importance of the wood that was used to build this Ark.
Acacia Wood contains a healing ingredient within its sap. These pieces were also covered gold. This wood is His humanity and the gold is His divinity. He was not half God-half man. He was ALL God and ALL man. He refused to use His deity to save His humanity so that through His humanity, He could save ALL of humanity and make them GOLD!
“You shall cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in its four corners; two rings shall be on one side, and two rings on the other side. And you shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, that the ark may be carried by them.” (Exodus 25:12–14, NKJV).
Pastor Duane also shared the symbolism behind the gold poles that were held under the Ark to be carried. There were four rings in each of the four corners, and four men had to carry them, and DWELT in the middle of the MEN.
- The 10 Commandments
- A golden pot of manna
- Aaron’s rod that budded
Then there was a top to the ark called the Mercy Seat, and when Jesus died on the cross, His blood was applied to cover these three things within the mummy case. In a sense, God is reminding himself that these things are sealed away:
- 10 commandments that we could not keep,
- the rod that represents the priesthood of Aaron (which we are not a part of),
- and the manna – the bread of heaven – that we have not consumed.
But when it was covered in blood, and when the death angel flew between the angels, it did not see the law, the rod, or the manna. It saw the blood!
“And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.” (Exodus 25:22, NKJV).
The purpose of it all was that God wanted have a place to have relationship with me and you, and He still does! So let’s not stay in the outer court only. Let’s make a move into the presence of God NOW!
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