WHAT THE HEBREW SANCTUARY TEACHES US TODAY
Are there lessons for Christians today in 2011 that we can learn from the ancient Hebrew Sanctuary that was given to the Children of Israel through Moses? Do these symbols means anything to us today? Have they deeper meaning than first seems apparent?
WHAT IS THE HEBREW SANCTUARY?
The first books of the Bible reveal that after Adam and Eve sinned man eventually was taken into slavery in Egypt. After 400 years God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery and gave Moses the plans how to construct a Sanctuary. Exact measurements and specifications were given in great detail. This Sanctuary, first constructed in the wilderness, was to be a lesson book full of deep symbolic truths.
These truths were first given to Israel but were to be revealed to all mankind throughout history and especially for us living in these last days. The study of the Hebrew Sanctuary is a very deep and rewarding study which opens to us deep and profound spiritual truths. It is said that the Bible is a great puzzle. When you look at it using the Hebrew Sanctuary as a pattern or template, many hidden truths can be seen. Things hard to understand become clear. It is a key that opens to us hidden treasure.
Many books have been written on this subject, some students have studied this for years. It is not my purpose at this time to delve into this subject deeply, but to have an brief overview of these truths. Hidden in each detail of the layout, the materials used, the building, services and ministries; every aspect of these point to Christ and His character, what He has done and what He is now doing for us. It is an outline of the entire plan of God’s redemptive work for the world beginning at Adam.
It takes us through history and culminates with our day and the eventual second coming of Jesus. God wanted to teach His people the enormity of sin and the price that was paid to forgive sin. He wanted to show them how He loved them and wanted to dwell among them.
Simply stated the Hebrew Sanctuary show us:
- How we can have an intimate relationship with God
- God gives us an illustration of how He plans to save each human
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|THE WAY INTO THE SANCTUARY
||LESSONS FOR US TO LEARN TODAY
|The Israelites had come a long way from Egyptian darkness and depravity. They had crossed the sea and land to be taught about God’s Ten Commandments and what He desired them to be. He fed them, protected and guided them. They were slow to learn the lessons God wanted to teach them and had to wander about in the wilderness for forty years. They needed to learn to look to the Saviour for salvation and not trust their own works.
||For many of us our spiritual journey starts when we desire to come out of worldliness and materialism and want something more meaningful in our lives. We can search for this in many ways, often having to learn many lessons on the way. God places in our heart an emptiness that only He can fill and a desire to know Him at a more intimate level. He provides all our needs and wants us to trust Him completely. He must become our personal Saviour.
|The Israelites learned the sacrificial system that should have revealed to them about the Saviour to come. They were slow to learn and many apostatised and lost their lives in the wilderness.
||Many people join churches finding doctrines and fellowship here. But we need to experience more than this. We need a living relationship with the Saviour. He must become the Lord of our lives.
|The only way into the Sanctuary was through the curtained gate. In the courtyard was an altar where the animal sacrifices were made and the laver which was a basin that contained water for washing the priest’s hands and feet before he offered the sacrifice.
||Here is where we recognise how sinful we are and how we need a Saviour. We need to repent and ask forgiveness for our past life. The Laver represents what Christ called the new birth. This experience we must all have, and is called a washing or cleansing from sin.
|To enter the Sanctuary itself, they had to pass through a veil into the first apartment which was known as the Holy Place. In this beautiful room with its polished gold walls, rich tapestries and veils stood a golden lampstand with seven lamps. On the other side was a golden table on which was placed twelve loaves of bread. Just before the second curtain was a golden altar on which burned incense giving off the most gorgeous perfume.
||The lampstand represents the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life. The table of shewbread represents how we are grow by reading and studying the Word of God. This strengthens and nourishes our Christian experience. The altar of incense is represented by spending time in prayer. Mixed with the prayers of Jesus, our prayers ascend to the Father. God loves to hear our prayers and they are sweet incense to Him.
|Another veil led into the second apartment or the Most Holy Place. Here is where the Golden Ark of the Covenant was placed. The mercy seat covering was made from solid gold and the Shekinah glory of God hovered over this. Inside the Ark was the two tablets of stone on which God wrote the ten commandments.
||The Most Holy Place is where God met with His people. He wants to write His law on our hearts and wants to have His glory reflected in our faces. God has communion with people who have this experience and whose lives reflect His character. They hear and know His voice. They have his commandments written in their hearts.