Rejoice – The Sacrifice Has Been Accepted !!
Our Sunday Bible Study has been observing the Tent tabernacle and its furnishings. All is a picture of Christ and His Sacrifice one time for all.
The outer court is where the people came to make a sacrifice for their sins. The priest would slay the animal and burn it on the “Brazen Altar.” A laver for washing of the Priests hands and feet was situated in this outer court but close to the Tabernacle where God dwelled.
Inside the Tabernacle a heavy veil separated the inner court
Place for the Holies of Holies. In this inner court, the Priest first washed
their hands and feet before entering.
Inside there was a Table of shoe bread where 12 loaves of fresh bread was placed each day. The golden Lamp Stand was also tended daily with fresh oil and it burned continuously. Closer to the Veil was an altar of incense where a special mixture of sweet oils was burned. The smell of the incense seemed to float out to the people and the Priest raised his hands in a blessings.
Once a year did the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant overlaid with pure gold was the only piece of furniture. There on the Day of Atonement, the Priest would offer the blood of sacrifice and incense before the mercy seat. The lid of the ark was intricately carved from gold, with two angels bowing and their wings touching. Two staves were threaded through hoops to carry the ark, as it was critical that no one touch the ark; lest they be struck dead as it was holy. Inside the ark were the 10 commandments, a bowl of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded.
Why do we study this Old Testament Tabernacle? What is done in the natural becomes a symbol of what is happening in the Spiritual; physical and supernatural.
In Exodus 25, God said to Moses, “Make me a sanctuary.” He gave Moses the plans and filled craftsmen with wisdom and cunning to build the Tabernacle.
God desired to dwell among the people. Now we have Jesus and he lives IN us.
All this was a reenactment of what was to come, and the pattern in heaven duplicated on Earth.
Twelve precious stones were set in a breastplate worn by the High Priest. These jewels represented the 12 tribes of
and were close to God’s
Our teacher brought a video for us to view, illustrating the washing of hands and feet signifying the spiritual cleansing before the blood sacrifice. An Innocent animal’s blood was shed making atonement for the soul. There was more washing of water asking God to show mercy on us. Some prayed bowing down, while others with faces and hands were raised to heaven. They rejoiced that the sacrifice had been accepted.
It was the blood that makes the atonement and Jesus was our substitute as he died on the cross.
God spoke that all would be done according to His plan, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
John 1:29 John declared that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was done prior to this death. Jesus died once and for all, and now He sits at the right hand of the Father.
He does not get back up on the cross. Once was enough to save us.
The Old Testament Priest, laid hands on the scape goat declaring the sins of the people were on the animal. He then released the goat signifying our sins are carried away as far as the East of from the West.
God was pleased with the obedience of Jesus and we can "Rejoice because the Sacrifice Has Been Accepted."