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Welcome to Sanctuary Pathways

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What does an ornate desert tent built nearly 1500 years before Jesus’ birth have to do with us today?

Was it just a historical item of interest only to the Jewish people? or was there something hidden in its services and even the way it was built, that can change our lives for good today?

Let’s go back for a moment and look at the experience of one of the priests:

The early morning sun warms your back as you walk across the open sands between your tent and the curtained gates into the tabernacle courtyard. The white linen curtains surrounding the courtyard and richly embroidered gate stand out in bright beauty against the desert landscape.

As you walk through the gates into the courtyard, the curtains drop softly behind you. With them, the family burdens you carried only moments before seem to drop away as well. Already an offering for the sins of the people is on the altar. Quietly you begin to preparing for the duties of the morning; it is your day to share the work of cleaning the Holy Place.

As you go through the ceremonial washing at the laver, thoughts of the cleansing it represents come to your mind. What would it be like to be truly clean before God? You were raised to understand that the familiar sacrifices and ceremonies point to the Messiah. When will He come? What will that be like?

You lift the curtain and step into the Holy Place, then stop. Quietness and peace envelopes you like you experience no place else on earth. The golden walls reflect the soft, flickering light of the candlesticks and mirror the furniture and your presence. You breathe deeply of the sweet, spicy fragrance of burning incense coming from the golden altar and saturating the room.

But it is the light…involuntarily you gasp as you gaze transfixed at the living, pulsating light that spills over the curtain from the Most Holy Place and dances on the intricately decorated furniture. How do you describe the awe and emotion that is coming from deep in your heart and bursts from your lips?

“Oh, Lord God, how excellent is Your Name! How marvelous are Your works in all the earth! How unworthy I am to serve You here in Your tabernacle!”

The light bathes your upturned face and tears course down your face as you stand in the ever-present glow of the Shekinah glory. Only the aging, woven tapestry curtain stands between you and the majestic Creator God of the Universe!

Almost reluctantly you begin the methodical work of dusting and polishing, trimming and filling the lamps with oil, but always you feel a kind Presence surrounding you as you work. That Presence fills your heart with wonder, and your mind with thoughts of the God who is so near. Many in the camp are afraid of the presence of the God who fills this Holy Place with His love. But, oh if they could only know…if they could only know….

In our Sanctuary Pathways study, we will explore what was in the mind of God when He had Moses build the wilderness sanctuary. Just a hint: In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we are told, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” NIV

1. What does it mean to be the “temple of God”?
2. How will it affect the way we interact with and serve others?
3. Is there any way to find answers if we don’t understand something?

Welcome once again as we explore this exciting and healing relationship our Creator God has revealed to us in the hidden secrets of the Wilderness Sanctuary.
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  • TEDDYS34GIRL
    "this exciting and healing relationship our Creator God." That is what Redemption by the Blood of Jesus Christ, the God of our salvation, is all about : )
    101 days ago
  • DWROBERGE
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  • GENRE009
    Although people would like to think that the first temple was all about it's presence of awe being built in gold. It had many features that explained the nature and character of God. He sculpture flowers out of metals that show that He loved beauty. To go into the Holy of Holies, you had to be free from sin and cleanly. The temple was a place to honor God. yet at sparkpeople we are here to learn what is it about our walk that doesn't honor God? That we have destroyed the temple that the Holy Ghost lives in by compulsively eating to damamage the health of our bodies, send our emotions into depression, and destroy our spirit. Jeus's mother didn't say to Jesus, "come honey eat to comfort your fears." If we are to totally honor God, we must honor the temple of our bodies. Going beyond just loving God,reading scriptures, having fellowship with like minds. You must learn to eat like Jesu did. Eating real foods, that aren't man made, processed., excessive salts, sugars, or caffeine. It isn't what is what you are eating that is the proble, but it's root which is what is bothering you. So please remember to honor your temple(your body) to honor God, and live a long and prosperious life full of peace and joy! Peace be with you to all that read this comment, have a blessed day, and always remember God loves you! eva
    122 days ago
  • GENRE009
    God has given you the gift to paint in our minds a beautiful vision of God's presence. eva
    124 days ago
  • DLWHATLEY70
    Far far too often we allow the cares of this world to strip away the joy that we can and do feel in the Presence of our Holy God!!
    125 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Thank you for sharing which has brought me back to an earlier lesson I studied in Bible College about "The Plan of the Tabernacle" and eventually taught years later....The Tabernacle was to provide a place where God might dwell among His people. The term tabernacle sometimes refers to the tent, including the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place, which was covered with embroidered curtains. But in other places it refers to the entire complex, including the curtained court in which the tent stood...

    Looking at Exodus 26:30 And you shall raise up the tabernacle according to its pattern which you were shown on the mountain.

    According to its pattern Again Moses was reminded of the pattern he had seen (see Exodus 25:9, 40; Exodus 26:31-35; Exodus 27:8; Acts 7:44 and Hebrews 8:5...

    Hope you didn't mind me sharing this....And many thanks for sharing, it will be a Blessed Study, looking forward to your future Blogs...Shalom! God's Abundant Blessings...
    125 days ago
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  • ANHELIC
    This blog sent chills down my back. It really touched my heart and made me remember that I am a child of the Most High God and He looks after His children. God bless you for posting this. Thank you so much. emoticon emoticon
    125 days ago
  • ONEAGLESWINGS19
    Wow is all I can say.
    125 days ago
  • POETLKNG2LOSE
    Beautifully written and it takes us right into the mind of the priest and how he must have felt. I never heard of this before. I am looking forward to reading more about it. emoticon
    126 days ago
  • FOREVER_AGAPE
    I did the 'Tabernacle Experience.' Truly amazing, and your blog helped me relive it right here. Thank you!!!
    126 days ago
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  • no profile photo -4HEISTHEANSWER
    This is beautiful. emoticon
    As a child of God through the blood of Jesus Christ, I know the Holy Spirit indwells my life.
    128 days ago
  • no profile photo -4HEISTHEANSWER
    I HAVE COME BACK AND READ THIS SEVERAL TIMES. SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT BLOG.
    128 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/14/2019 7:29:28 PM
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