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Summary notes from Week 10 of A Woman Heart ~ God’s Dwelling Place
We complete our series this week by looking back at the Old Testament tabernacle and marveling that God would choose to dwell with his creation on earth!
God shared a vision of His heavenly dwelling when He created the Garden of Eden and placed the 1st Adam within it. When the Garden was lost, God again pursued man by providing instructions for building the tabernacle and filling it with His presence (Exodus 40:34; I Kings 8:10-11). Sadly, His presence did not remain with man until the last Adam, Jesus Christ, came to earth to fulfill God’s plan for salvation. After His crucifixion and resurrection, the promise of Christ was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit filled the believers and the church was born (Acts 2:2-4). At that moment, our lampstands were lit by the all-consuming fire of God, and each of us became the temples of God on earth.
Rest assured that there will be a final dwelling place of God with man, but this temple will not have 4 walls. Revelation 21 gloriously describes God’s finished plan: a New Jerusalem descending from heaven, in the perfect shape of a cube (recall that the Holy of Holies was also a perfect cube), made of pure gold as clear as glass, with entrances on all sides. And the temple? John tells us, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:22) New creation to new creation, an eternal Eden.
Let us recall all of the ways that Christ fulfilled each holy element of the Old Testament tabernacle:
Christ is the Door
- 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)
Christ is both the High Priest and the Sacrifice
- He has no need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifice daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once and for all when he offered up himself. (Hebrews 7:27)
Christ is the Lampstand
- I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)
Christ is the Bread of the Presence
- I am the bread of life whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)
Christ is the Altar of Incense
- Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
Christ is the Veil
- …by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh. (Hebrews 10:20)
Christ is the Mercy Seat
- …whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:25-26)
Christ is the Tabernacle!
- And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
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