The Tabernacle: The Ark–Its Compartment, Construction and Contents (Part 2)

Such was the significance of the Ark of the Covenant that it is no exaggeration to assert that the remainder of the Tabernacle complex existed to house it and give it meaning. That is to say, there was no need for a Tabernacle if the Ark didn't exist, and there was no reason for God to have provided additional furniture if He had no place for an Ark. The Ark was primary, principal and prominent within the Tabernacle.

The Lord’s Prayer: The Apostles and the World

How could the apostles live in the world without the Son’s physical presence? Doesn’t the Son care about them? As we continue to observe the communication between divine persons, we learn that individuals, yourself included, are precious to God, being possessions of the Father and the Son. He has given us the means of living for God in the absence of Christ in the key phrase, “Thy word is truth”. The word of God is the vehicle that God uses to set us apart as we live in the world.

Moral Quandaries in the Workplace: Vice

The ‘shop window’ of every workplace looks pristine and morally impeccable. Many companies and employers present an image of consummate professionalism; however, behind the polished exterior there are a few skeletons lurking. Since the Bible teaches the depravity of man, we should not be surprised to see corruption and vice in every area of life - workplace included.

The Tabernacle: The Golden Altar

In our consideration of the Brazen Altar or the 'altar at the door,' we saw that there were two altars within the Tabernacle complex. Inside the first partition stood the Golden Altar, or the Altar of Incense, or as scripture occasionally refers to it, 'the altar before the Lord.' This last description is instructive, and it is to its position that we turn first.

The Lord’s Prayer: The Son and Glory

We each know individuals whom we would call real men and women of prayer. Often times when we hear such men pray publicly, we feel our collective thoughts elevate to a new level during corporate prayer. The prayer in John 17 was not made corporately, but it was made audibly for the purpose of teaching the disciples. He did this to elevate their thoughts of both Christ and God, and that John might record the words for our benefit. To sit and listen to Jesus Christ communicate with His Father is a privilege since we can listen to lengthy prayer from one person of deity to another. It is a prayer that deepens our insights into divine things and spurs our hearts to worship.

What is Love?

To some this may be the title of a catchy song, to others, love conjures up ideas like ‘falling in love’, a ‘happily ever after’ or mere feelings, but how does the Bible speak about love?

Turn Away My Eyes

With videos replacing, photographs, emoji’s replacing words and our society becoming more and more image based, our eyes have never had more time to look at things. All around us people are addicted and distracted to death, constantly glued to small black boxes with HD pixels. What’s everyone looking at? Says the Psalmist - worthless things.

The Tabernacle: The Laver

As we advance through the courtyard, we next approach the Brazen Laver. In moving past the Altar, we are already beyond the furniture that was available to the common man. The Altar, while attended by the priest on behalf of the offerer, was where a man came to bring his sacrifice. But the Laver, despite its courtyard location, was only for the use of the priest in readiness for service.

Moral Quandaries in the Workplace: Introduction

The modern workplace can be a moral minefield for some people, where issues aren’t always black and white, and from time to time we all feel the pressure of compromise pressing in on us. Whether it’s the socialising, the gambling, the gossiping, the complaining, the slandering, the coveting, the jesting or a host of other dubious issues, there are days when we struggle to stay afloat in the moral quagmire of the 21stcentury workplace. The people of God have always faceddifficulties in this sphere, but the word of God can lead us through the murkiest of waters and help us not only to survive but to thrive in our work. Before addressing the specific dilemmas we face, this article will have a cursory glance at the Bible’s theology on work.

Teach us to Pray (4)

Having addressed the fatherhood, transcendence, holiness and omnipotence of God, we now address His sovereignty – “thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth”. His will is supreme to our own, his interests trump ours and our desires are to align with his. 

The Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is pivotal in our Christian walk. Understanding this key concept will enable us to push forward in the things of God without getting bogged down. Although Solomon wrote to instruct his son Rehoboam in these wonderful truths, we too can learn from the steps which lead us to the fear of the Lord.

The Tabernacle: The Altar

At the gate of the taberbacle compound, stood the altar, sometimes referred to as the Brazen altar or ‘the altar...at the door’ (Lev 4:7). It is to this item that we turn to first, as we move our way inwards towards the holiest of all. This will commence our investigation of the typical purpose of the tabernacle.

The Tabernacle: The Habitation of God

In our last article, we noted that there was both a historical and typical purpose to the Tabernacle. Typically it functions as a 'shadow of heavenly things' (Heb 8:5) and 'the good things to come’ (Heb 10:1). This theme will be the purpose of the rest of this series, but for now, we are interested in its historical purpose, a 'figure for the time then present' (Heb 9:9).