So we have reached the end of the 2nd book of the Bible… Exodus! In it we have seen the formation of a nation of people – the Israelites – who are rescued out of slavery by the Lord God and led through the desert towards the land God has promised to give them through their ancestors – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We watch as Moses does his best to lead this group of ex-slaves… being guided by the instruction from God Himself – speaking directly with Moses face to face (as a man speaks with a friend).

The last portion of Exodus has this group of ex-slaves encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai – on the northern edge of the desert – south of the Promised Land of Canaan. It is here that God calls Moses up to the top of that mountain and begins to download specific instructions to Moses in minute detail. Moses writes them all down… beginning with the infamous Ten Commandments – and right on through the blue prints for the Tent of Meeting.

As we read – it can start to become tedious… all those details. What is the point of the details anyway? Why does God go through such effort to ensure Moses follows the plan exactly?

Well – we have to remember that God already knows the beginning from the end. (Isaiah 46:10). He knew that Adam & Eve would fall in the garden… He knew that Joseph would be sold into slavery by his brothers… He knew that Moses would become a great leader and lead the Israelites out of Egypt. And even as God knew all these things before they happened – He also had a plan! That plan was Jesus.

So in this foreknowledge… God has reasons for the details. Every step He gives Moses – every bit of instruction and detail – is actually pointing to something MUCH bigger… bigger than Moses or the Israelites could have ever foreseen! (Because we have the gift of hindsight – we can see these “hidden” symbols today!).

For example… in the instructions on how to layout the Tent of Meeting in Chapter 40 – we see a beautiful image being portrayed that will not actually happen for several thousand years. Around the Tent of Meeting itself is a gate which encompasses a courtyard of sorts. When someone enters the initial gate – the first piece of “furniture” they come upon is an altar. This altar was to be used for the sacrifices to God as payment for the sins of the nation. This has HUGE symbolism about Jesus – who would become the Final Sacrifice years later!. It also is the first step of salvation for anyone of us… sacrifice – surrender – dying to self – altaring your direction. First piece of imagery.

Moving on towards the Tent entrance you come across the laver. This is the basin of water where Aaron (and the other priests) would wash their hands and feet prior to entering the Tent of Meeting. In the same way, for us, after our initial surrendering – we are “washed clean by the water of the Word and the blood of the Lamb”. (Heb 10:22; Eph 5:26). Second piece of imagery.

Finally we enter the actual Tent of Meeting through the “door”. It is in this Tent that the Shekinah presence of the Lord rests. The Hebrew word “Shekinah” means “heaviness” – and that is how the presence of God many times feels… like a heavy weight upon you of love and power! In the same way – we are invited to enter the Shekinah Presence of God through the “Door” – being Jesus. (John 10:1-9).

Ironically – this furniture layout is in the shape of a cross.

So you see, nothing in the Word of God is there by chance or accident. It all has a much deeper purpose and meaning for us today. All we have to do is search it out, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Even seemingly meaningless details such as where to place the furniture for this Tent of Meeting Moses is told to construct has deep connections to you and I thousands of years later!

So when Jesus said “These are the Scriptures that testify about Me.” (John 5:39) – He wasn’t kidding!

Next up is Leviticus… and while you read – remember – it all points to Jesus!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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