Blogging my thoughts while doing Murray M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan
Detailed instructions for the tabernacle are given
The inside is decorated with cherubim – the tabernacle is a copy of heaven, so it’s fitting to see angels! There are lots of overlapping curtains – unity in diversity.
There are layers – linen curtain, goats hair curtain and waterproofed ram skins – so it is very dry and very dark – the only light from the 7 lampstands (representing the glory of God’s Church in Revelation!)
It was then boarded out with acacia boards, sat on silver bases – around 120 kilos of silver.
Silver is the metal associated with redemption and payment for sin (Exodus 21:32, Leviticus 5:15, 27:3, 27:6, Numbers 18:16, and Deuteronomy 22:19). Jesus was betrayed for silver (Matthew 26:15). The tabernacle’s foundation was silver – pointing to the redeeming work of Jesus Christ
According to its pattern which you were shown on the mountain: The repetition of this phrase (Exodus 25:9, 25:40 and here in 26:30) shows us that Moses received a vision of exactly how the tabernacle should look. The new testament tells us it is a copy of the heavenly sanctuary!
The tabernacle was split in two by a curtain into the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The High priest could only enter the most Holy Place once a year on the day of atonement. When Jesus died on the cross he entered the Most Holy Place once and for all and the curtain between the Holy Place and Most Holy Place (in the Temple by then) was torn in two to allow permanent access to all by faith in Jesus!
Receive God’s words to gain widsom! Wisdom comes from the Lord. It will give discretion v11, deliverance from the way of evil v12, deliverance from the adultress v16 and allow us to walk in the way of the good with integrity!
Jesus healed a man who had been crippled for 38 years on the Sabbath. Wow! God is good and compassionate and powerful. What were the religious people doing – rejoicing at God’s goodness. No! fussing about work being done on the Sabbath. Ridiculous!
And then they are more upset because Jesus calls God Father. Bear in mind they wouldn’t even say God’s name – even today Jewish websites write G-d! And Jesus us calling God father – we can too! God is still as holy, but he has made us holy because of Jesus too, so we can call him Abba Father. Praise God!
Jesus only does what the Father wants – that’s quite a challenge for us if we want to do the same miracles – listen to God and obey!
The Galatian problem is introduced in 1:6 they are turning from the gospel of grace. Paul wants anyone preaching a different gospel to be accursed, it is that big a deal. in v11-24 he begins to tell the story of how he received the gospel