08 June 2013 Service – Tan Ye Peng
40 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 3 You shall put in it the ark of the Testimony, and partition off the ark with the veil. 4 You shall bring in the table and arrange the things that are to be set in order on it; and you shall bring in the lampstand and light its lamps. 5 You shall also set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the Testimony, and put up the screen for the door of the tabernacle. 6 Then you shall set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 7 And you shall set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 8 You shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen at the court gate.
V9 – “And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy.
It is anointed, you can’t bring home for your own personal use. It is holy, belongs to God. We need to set it apart.
It’s one thing to set apart the things, but also the people that serve in the tabernacle.
V12-13 – 12 “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of meeting and wash them with water. 13 You shall put the holy garments on Aaron, and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.
Garments of the high priest were a special and symbolic thing.
The moment you are set apart to be a servant of God, you are solely His. You can’t wear this garment and serve someone else.
Eg; You can’t wear Macdonalds uniform and work in KFC
V17 – And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised up.
So when was the first day of the first month of the first year?? The first day of the first month of the first year is the day the Israelites left Egypt.
They were in the wilderness, but yet they could build God’s house, and there was an urgency for them to build the tabernacle. Why? It is the house of God. So that God has a place that He can be amongst His people, that the presence of God is with them always.
V34-35 – Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
The moment the tabernacle was set up, the glory of God came down. Even Moses was not able to enter it anymore.
Why? Because Moses was God’s builder or contracter. When the house is completed, and the keys given to the owner, the builder can now no longer enter without the owners permission.
It is God taking ownership of this place, His house.
V36-37 – Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up.
The holy place is God’s living room, it’s the place where the priests can come in. They can partake of the bread together. God enjoys fellowship. He wants to fellowship with you!
The brazen altar cannot be brought into the tent as it will burn the place down, so the altar of incense represents that fire so that God can release his grace to his people.
God did not design a condemnation seat. But this is where He will have mercy.
V38 – For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
There will always be a cloud by day and fire by night.
God neither sleeps nor slumbers. He watches over his people day and night.
V30 – He set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and put water there for washing;
The laver is there for the priests to wash their hands before they can entry his living room. As their hands may be dirty with ashes or blood while making sacrifices for the people.
As we huddle and pray in our groups and ministries, we are washing our hands, cleansing ourselves and getting ready to enter God’s house. We need to cleanse and prepare ourselves, as we get ready to minister and serve others.
At any time in the night if someone feels the need to sacrifice a lamb, there are ministers and priests there ready to serve 24/7.
Similarly the church workers are there 24/7, ready to serve its people.
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” Exodus 19:6
It is God’s will that at become priests. You are to go and serve the needs of people.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
We are to go to minister to people by showing them the truth and the grace of God.
We can know the truth, but it is for us to exercise grace, not to judge and condemn.
When people sacrificed their offering… What is this offering for? It is to allow that sin that separates them from God to be removed so that they can be reconciled with God.
So if you want God to come, remove away things that separate got from God, and then God can come through.
If you are cheating in your businesses, then God can’t come.
When you are born again for the first time, your sins are forgiven. But what about the second time? The tabernacle was built so that people can continually confess their sins and be forgiven.
Remove away things that separate us from God, then you can have a connected relationship with Him! And when one is saved, the whole household is saved. The whole community will be blessed.
5 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Heb 5:1-2
Sometimes, you may feel that you are not qualified enough to serve God, that you are not good enough, or you have made too many mistakes in the past. You are wrong!
It is not your perfection that qualifies you, but your imperfections and weaknesses.
Your experiences help you serve the needs of the people, to identify with them, to sympathise with them and have compassion.
Jesus was a carpenter, Peter was a fisherman. He toiled all night but caught nothing. Jesus told him to let his nets down the other side, and he caught an abundance of fishes. God is trying to show him physically he may be a carpenter but he’s still Lord over all things. Peter wanted Jesus to depart away from him as he felt he wasn’t good enough.
But Jesus said to Simon Peter. When you have understood your weaknesses, then now you are ready, to serve and be a fisher of Man.
The more you think you are somebody, the lesser qualified you are.
The truth of the matter is we need to minister grace so we can connect people back to Christ. That is why it must be Jesus, not angels, because angels can’t identify and sympathise with us.
Exodus 39:32-43 – The people rose up to build the tabernacle in 5.5 months in the wilderness, without any proper tools or facilities! And Moses blessed them.
Will you rise up to build God’s house?
Will you reach out to the needy? Will you serve the people?
Build up the tabernacle so that His glory can come and is here all the time, to be a place where God’s word can go forth, and his grace can be released to his people, where people’s needs are met.