If you have not figured this out yet, I do keep telling myself I want to be more consistent with posting, but it hasn’t worked. Winter in the northeast has not been kind during this past month and they are telling us we can expect another storm this weekend. So be it, if it does come, it will be good to stay in and do some reading!
The reading plan I have been going through with Good Morning Girls has had us in Exodus. I am a bit behind because I keep going back to what I thought I finished. There is such rich history, and I have been in God’s instructions to Moses after leaving Egypt.
The Tabernacle, I used this picture on Sunday. It was my turn for Communion meditation. I used this song by Kutless to set the focus…
The hight priest was only allowed to enter the holy of holies one day a year. He was the only one allowed that one day, and it gave him a time of exclusive fellowship. He entered into a place filled with all of the glory of God, bringing a blood offering for the sins of the people. The thing is, what he did had to be done over and over, every year. The offering of blood covered over the sins of the Israelites, but was never enough!
The Holy of Holies contained the Ark of the Covenant; inside the Ark were items representing sins of the people. Things to remind them of their need for forgiveness, their ugliness, their rebellion against God. God didn’t stop there though, his instructions continued that the ark be covered with pure refined gold, lovely and perfect. This covering was called the mercy seat or the atonement covering. So,while the interior represented the sinfulness of man, the covering represented a place of forgiveness, mercy and redemption. The ugly sin inside the Ark is not what the priest saw when he entered, he saw the pure and lovely, beautiful gold.
Jesus blood covers us with mercy and grace. When we come into the presence of God, he sees not the ugly inside of our hearts or the rebellious attitudes we hold on to. He sees us pure, and clean, and lovely, covered with the blood of Jesus. The Ark of the covenant, a beautiful picture in history showing what would be to come, showing Jesus the Messiah, the one who would free the people of their sins once and for all. Jesus frees, the law condemns. There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus!
What a plan God had for us! You can read in Exodus 26 the detail God laid out for the tabernacle, even detail in the curtains alone separating the ark from the priest. This was all done so that on that one day he could rip the veil in two, eliminating the separation, giving us direct access to him… not on one day a year, not one day a week, not only when we meet around his table, but every day and any time we choose. What a joy to be able to call God my Father… to be able to call out Abba, Father (Daddy, Daddy!).
In the Old Testament here is so much to treasure! I love seeing reflections of the New in the Old, this is rich! We are richly blessed indeed!
Thank you Lord for providing this path for us to choose. Thank you for setting up everything so precisely. Thank you for your grace and mercy over me. Thank you for not seeing the ugly in me but for seeing me pure and refined through Jesus. As we are entering the season that we celebrate the victory he has over satan, we remember the suffering and pain Lord Jesus that you experienced because of how much love for me you have. May I live a life worthy!
Additional reading :
- Exodus 24 – 27
- Hebrews 9-10
If you enjoy meditating on music, this version of Take Me in is a long version, but worth it!