As a Christian one of the most important things to us should be our relationship with God. This relationship comes through His Son, Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit.
Salvation was the first step in building a relationship with God and it was by this we became a Christian, but after this we need to build our relationship and that can only be done by spending time with the person that you are building a relationship with. We build a relationship in a one on one situation; it is not a group activity, just by going to a church does not build a relationship
There are two ways that we two ways in which we need to build this relationship:
By reading the Bible and
When we read the bible we are reading about God and what He requires from us and also about Jesus, how He lived, how He responded to things and people around Him, and how He fulfilled God’s requirements. We see how both God and Jesus set examples for us to follow.
In prayer we are having a conversation with God. A conversation is two sided so we should always get a response.
Prayer should be from the heart and not just recited words; it should have meaning and be passionate
Jas_5:16 ….. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
There should be an excitement in our prayer, for we are talking with the creator of the universe, the King of Kings, the everlasting Father. We must believe what we say and say what we believe.
If we want to build that relationship with God the best way is to follow some of the ways that He has already set.
One way is to pray through the tabernacle.
Heb 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
The tabernacle was a shadow of heavenly things. A shadow is an exact image but only in outline the details are not defined. Gods command was that it was to be built according to the pattern that was given. We can conclude from this that the tabernacle has heavenly or spiritual meaning as well as a physical form. In the book of revelation we John saw the tabernacle in heaven,
Rev_15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
Rev_21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
A tabernacle is a dwelling, or living, place. It was the place were God dwelt when He was with the Israelites in their forty years of wandering through the wilderness. God gave specific orders and directions on how it should be made and what had to be done before anyone (at that time only the High Priest, Aaron) could enter into His presence. If this was a shadow of how it was in heaven (which has never changed) even though we have a new and better covenant through Jesus, should the way to God be any different. As Christians we are born of the spirit so should our entrance into Gods presence now be spiritual rather than physical. In other words we follow the same rules in prayer, instead of doing them physically.
We take the format that God gave to Moses and bring it into the new covenant.
Psa 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Psa 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psa 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise
When we wish to enter God’s presence we should have a light and happy heart, we should be thankful for all that He has done for us and given us, we should be full of praise. (Read More)
Pro_17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Even at our lowest times there will always be something that we can thank God for. When we praise God it benefits us as well as God because joy will always uplift us. We should not be entering God’s presence out of duty but out of desire.
When we enter the gates we come into the outer court and the first thing that we can see is the Brazen (Brass) Altar. This is the place were the priests would offer the sacrifices, on behalf of themselves, the nation and the individuals. The animal would be killed and the blood drained from it and collected. Some of the blood would be sprinkled on the four horns, or corners of the Altar and the balance poured out at the foot. Then the remains would be burnt.(Read More)
Today the Brazen Altar is no longer there and what we see instead is the cross The cross were the blood of Jesus was sprinkled on the four corners, from His head, His hands and His feet and the balance poured out at the foot when His side was pierced. Jesus said that He had come to fulfil the law not to take it away; on the cross He fulfilled the sacrificial laws. ( Read More)
Beyond the Altar there is the Brazen (Brass) Laver. This is a large brass bowl filled with water and is where the priests would wash themselves ceremoniously before they dressed themselves in the garments that they would wear to carry out the work of the Tabernacle.
Today we are washed by the word;
Eph_5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. (Read More).
The garments that the priests wore where made of white linen, which represents righteousness, also with linen there is no sweat, the righteousness of God has no effort on our behalf.
Eze 44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
Eze 44:18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.
We have the righteousness of God in Christ:
2Co_5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
And we are told to put on Christ:
Gal_3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Eph_4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
The righteousness of God comes from the sacrifices; we need to cloak ourselves with that righteousness so that we are not seen as naked. Adam and Eve were only ashamed of their nakedness once they lost their righteousness.
Only once we are cloaked in righteousness can we then go forward and enter into the Holy Place.
In the Holy place there are three things:
- The Golden Candlesticks
- The table of Showbread
- The Altar of Incense.
The Golden Candlesticks.
This was a gold frame work that held seven lamps that burnt oil continually and gave light to the Holy place. There were also tools with them to trim and clean the wick. Today we see this as the Holy Spirit in our lives flowing from God the Father through Jesus the Son and lighting our way by the guidance of the Holy spirit.
Jesus said that He was the light of the world:
Joh_1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh_8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Joh_9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
But He also said that we were also as we are one with Him:
Mat_5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
The light comes from the burning of the oil, the Holy spirit operating in our lives, we are the wick and need to be trimmed and cleaned, which can be painful, but once done makes us shine bright again.
It is important that we never forget or abuse the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Once we stop burning oil we start burning wick.
The Table of Showbread.
This was a table made of acacia wood(thorn tree) representing man, covered in gold representing God.
Each day, fresh bread would be placed upon it, representing Jesus the bread of life. (Read more)
Joh_6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Joh_6:48 I am that bread of life.
The Altar of Incense.
This was an altar on which incense was burnt morning and night as a sweet savour to God. It represents the place of intercession, the prayers for others to hold them up before God. Mans need of someone to help him find God.(Read More)
Beyond the Altar of incense is the veil that separates the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. It was through this veil that the high priest would go once a year to sprinkle blood as an offering for the nation of Israel. Before he could go beyond the veil the high priest would have to go through all the ceremonies of the offerings and washing to make sure that he was righteous, if he was not righteous he would die in the presence of God.
Today the veil has been rent in two and we have a free access to the presence of God, but we need to make sure that we stand righteous in Jesus or we will also die.
Beyond the veil is the Ark of the Covenant which has the mercy seat on top of it and the Golden Cherubim above the seat. This is where the presence of God abides, The holy of Holies has no external light but it is lit up by the glory of God. (Read More)
As we go through each place of the tabernacle in prayer we are cleansing ourselves and making it possible to spend time at the foot of God’s throne, where we can hear from Him and talk with Him.