Today’s Reading: Exodus 26:1-27:21 (additional reading Psalm 31:1-8 and Proverbs 8:1-11)
Key Verse: ‘For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen – the work of an embroiderer. Exodus 26:36
There are all kinds of doors in this world. There are garage doors, house doors, bathroom doors, closet doors. There are wooden doors, glass doors, plastic doors and there are hollow as well as solid doors. In the last few hours, I have walked through a house door, car door and shop door. Some doors are massive, and some are small – but every door has one purpose: Close-off an entrance – to keep something in and something out.
Here in Exodus 27, we’re introduced to a different kind of door. It’s the gate that barred the way into the Tabernacle of God. As you’ll notice here, the Tabernacle was a tent-like structure that sat inside a large courtyard. This was the worship centre for the people of Israel for the next 647 years.
But this wasn’t just any old tent. This was a tent designed by God for a very specific purpose. In Exodus 25:9 God tells Moses “Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings EXACTLY like the pattern I will show you.” This tent was not a human invention, it was a divine sanctuary. It was built FOR God’s people. But it was to be built only in the way God wanted it done. It was built so exactly because God was teaching us so many lessons and I could spend weeks just talking about the tabernacle but one of the primary functions of the Tabernacle was to teach this reality: We sin, and our sins separate us from God.
And so, all around the Tabernacle, there was this vast fenced-in area. The two sides that were about 150 feet long, and each end was around 75 wide. This fence was made of fine twined white linen and was about 8 feet tall. This nearly pure white curtain stood before the eyes of the people as a sign of God’s purity.
The only way the people could come close to the Tabernacle in the Old Testament and have their closet relationship with God was when they brought their sin offering through the gate. Exodus tells us God wanted the tabernacle so He could come and make His dwelling among His people. In the Gospel of John, we are told that when Jesus came: “The Word became flesh (Jesus) and He ‘tabernacled’ amongst us.” (John 1:14)
In Jesus, we have now been allowed to come into God’s presence. The door is still there, Jesus said to them again, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9). When Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. He was actually referring to the three doors of the tabernacle. Jesus is our only way into God’s presence, He is the only door.
- How do you try to come into God presence?
- What lessons can you learn from the Tabernacle?
Father, Thank You for allowing us to come into your presence. Thank You that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and You welcome us as children because of the finished work of Christ. Help us to point other to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen