THE TABERNACLE BECOMES A REALITY

 

And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them. The length of one curtain was twenty and eight cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: the curtains were all of one size.  And he coupled the five curtains one unto another: and the other five curtains he coupled one unto another.  And he made loops of blue on the edge of one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling: likewise he made in the uttermost side of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.  Fifty loops made he in one curtain, and fifty loops made he in the edge of the curtain which was in the coupling of the second: the loops held one curtain to another.  And he made fifty taches of gold, and coupled the curtains one unto another with the taches: so it became one tabernacle.  And he made curtains of goats’ hair for the tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains he made them.  The length of one curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits was the breadth of one curtain: the eleven curtains were of one size.  Exodus 36:8-15

 

The people have delivered the materials, and now the craftsmen and women produced the parts of the tabernacle.  They were produced per a detailed plan.  We can visualize this today from the original blueprints.  In fact, we can even recreate the fixtures fairly well today. 

 

DO IT YOURSELF!

 

Wouldn’t it be interesting to build even a small replica of this for our lesson?  Perhaps in the scale for children’s lessons in Sunday School.  We could even take the materials on a campout for a campfire skit.  How much more will this lesson live in our memory than reading or coloring books?  At least the Ark of the Covenant is a box of reasonable size:

 

And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it:  And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about.  And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it.  And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.  And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.  And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.  And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;  One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.  And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.  Exodus 37:1-9

 

With some materials from the local lumberyard, one could make an interesting tool for learning.  Building the ark would be a lesson for every worker involved.  I have a set of blueprints available now.  Someone in your church has the tools and skill to make this a great lesson. 

 

 

RECRUITING

 

Finding that person is a great lesson in itself.  Great corporations are often led by the most modest unassuming people, not the flamboyant.  Discovering the gift in others can help you to bring your own dreams to reality. 

 

According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.  And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them. Exodus 39:42-43

 

Imagine a presentation, in a camp like those of Israel, of this tabernacle of God:

 

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.  And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the vail.  And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.  And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle.  And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.  And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water therein.  And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court gate.  Exodus 40:1-8

 

SPECIAL LESSONS

 

I would submit that you may want to visit a Messianic Fellowship, a gathering of Jewish Christians to gain understanding of these ceremonies.  Such a presentation can bring a lot of understanding to life.  Search the web for fellowships in your area:

 

http://www.mayimhayim.org/

http://www.tikvahbamidbar.org/

http://www.bethyachad.org/ServiceTimes.php

http://www.messianicassociation.org/about.htm

http://www.messianic.com/top/

 

Again, we can build great lessons with the help of others.  Invite your people to learn from the teachings of a fellowship that has an expertise you want to learn.  Or invite a member of your church to teach on their skill or great interests.  We are a body of many individuals who can help each other.

 

THE MANIFESTATION

 

I have been writing to Christians who are interested in fitness.  This lesson can offer some physical labor in moving lumber and later the articles of the tabernacle.  A camping trip can give us physical activity, fresh air, good rest, and fellowship.  This time can allow you to share your passion and fitness with others.  You can gain from their knowledge and interests as well.  Studies show that physical activity stimulates the mind.  We are all members of the same body, and we need each other.  The encouragement of the Holy Spirit comes through interaction with others who are filled with the same spirit.  We have fellowship with the Holy Spirit when we have fellowship with other Christians.  This is why we need to attend a church fellowship as well. 

 

The Tabernacle was a place for God to dwell among the people.  In our previous lesson we note that Christ entered heaven itself to pardon our sins, not the Holy place of this earthly tabernacle.  We have a High Priest who is without sin, and a tabernacle for all to witness the Holy Spirit working.  Our fellowship with other believers is our tabernacle, where God’s Holy Spirit joins us.  He occupies the mercy seat even today where two or more saints gather in his name.

 

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.  And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:  But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.  For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.  Exodus 40:34-38

 

We want to experience the power and the glory of God.  If he is not real to us, what is the point of our hope, our faith?  Why should we claim a faith if it does not manifest in us in real power?  Indeed, we are warned to avoid those people who seem religious but do not know God in his power and truth:

 

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  2 Timothy 3:1-7

 

God is not seeking the proud and boastful.  These seek pleasure and lusts and miss the knowledge of the truth entirely.  They claim a form of godliness, they are religious, but they are not his sheep in spirit and truth.  I have seen churches destroyed by gossip and false accusation.  But then we can see leaders in every walk who miss the mark. 

 

Our markets are not watched by governing agencies, presidents cheat on their wives, and the captains of industry suck the benefits and health coverage out of their employee base.   Some of bodybuilders claim Jesus as their lord, even while offering pornographic material for sale on the Internet.  They present the image of strength and power formed with drugs that are illegal, and represent an open rebellion against God’s word.  Their illusion of health is really made weakness by the drugs that actually shorten their lives. 

 

With all the depravity around us men still form their own philosophy of morality which they call “politically correct”.  God wants us to offer the gospel to whoever will listen to it, so we talk to all manner of sinners who are willing to hear God’s word.  But we have not business forcing ourselves on the unwilling and unrepentant.  God told us to leave the weeds, as it will be his job to pull them out when he comes. 

 

We should not be disturbed to see liberal morals operating in the time God predicted that they would come.  We don’t need to protest gay movements if we trust God.  We have our own growth to work on. 

 

As a Christian fitness writer I thank God for these who have found Christ even in this darkness.  Bodybuilders have discovered the good technology of health, not just the bad things.  We have some courageous souls representing the Lord in strength sports too.  They are sharing the skills of health with the church.  The church needs to rebuild the Temple of the Holy Spirit today.  Obesity is a far greater threat to our nation today than steroids.  We are losing the workforce of the church to an unnecessary early death.  I owe them thanks for delivering me from heart disease.  I can testify that gym pains are a lot better than chest pains.  I have been amazed already at what they have helped me to accomplish at the age of sixty.  I can believe how the bible saints could have lived so long and healthy with the work required for life in their day. 

 

We still must remember that this body is only a tabernacle, a temporary shelter for the Holy Spirit.  The true permanent temple will come with the glorified body in heaven.  Having strength in this fabric will always be temporary.  We can make it strong, but we have to get our strength from the right source, the right blueprint.  Those who built under divine guidance left a testimony in the lasting chronicle of the scriptures.

 

Those modest and gifted workers who built the tabernacle just brought their skills to the labor of the church without boasting.  They gathered and did a work that drew the powerful presence of God in their tabernacle.  We can see this today by sharing the skills of fitness, teaching, building, and ministry.  Discover the dreams of others and bring everyone to the work of the tabernacle.  We need each other and the Holy Spirit that each of us brings to the fellowship.

 

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