Lent: Dwell Day 17

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Today we're rapping up the book of Exodus. It's been a wild ride as we've watched he people of God grow from 70 people to millions. We've watched them grow into a nation in slavery and released not by their own power or might, but completely by the hand of God. You can recap the first half of Exodus here.  

Take a few drops of Arborvitae oil in the palm of your hand, rub together and inhale deeply. Read through Exodus 35-40. Ask the Lord to speak to you today. Ask him to show himself to you in the ordinariness of the things that surround you. Let todays practice be active. Start gently moving your body in any way that feels comfortable yet opens tight spaces. Then as you continue to flow, deepen your connection to your breath and move deeper into your practice. Make sure you practice balance on each side. And rest. 

Before we step out of Exodus, I want you to see the tabernacle. Yesterday I posted this great illustration of what it might have looked like. In the specific details was a flow of worship taking place. But I want to break down each part and show you how they have meaning and depth beyond themselves. 

God had the Tabernacle made to be portable showing that "I will be with you wherever you go." It was to be set in the center of the people with each tribe camped in a specific place around the Tabernacle showing "I shall be at the center of everything you do." The movement through the Tabernacle had specific meaning: 

  1. Justification:  
    1. The Gate: only one way in, all entered the same way, from the east
    2. Brazen Alter: substitute sacrifice: salvation is gained through acceptable sacrifice 
    3. Laver: washing or purifying of feet (standing on holy ground) and hands (we must have clean hands). 

2. Sanctification:

  1. Second curtain: ram skin died red: you can only enter once you are covered by the blood of the substitute sacrifice
  2. The Holy Place: where we are prepared for the presence of God
  3. The Lamp: The only source of light. The Spirit of the Lord: Wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge & fear)
  4. The Table: fellowship happens at the table
  5. Bread of the Presence: a sign of the covenant. 
  6. Alter of Incense: in front of the curtain that is before the ark: prayer: an acceptable fragrance lifted before God

3. Glorification: 

  1. The third curtain: protected those who were not prepared to stand in his presence
  2. The Holy of Holies: The Throne Room of God
  3. Ark of the Covenant: two parts
    1. A chest containing mana: a sign of Gods daily provision, Aarons budding staff: a sign of God’s chosen people, The two tablets with 10 Commandments, a sign of the covenant/law 
    2. The Mercy Seat: The meeting place, The throne of God in the midst of Israel. 

If all of this seems a little crazy, don't worry, we'll come back to it soon. Remember, everything God does has purpose and meaning. And remember, everything God does is pointing to the promised Wounded Victor promised in Genesis 3. For now, lets recap the second part of Exodus.