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).

The Errors of Phariseeism

Taking away from the word of God constitutes serious error, and we all shudder at the heresies of theological liberalism – going doctrinally askew is something we scrupulously avoid. However, adding to the word of God is equally wrong and equally erroneous (Rev 22:18-19), and one that we should be at pains to eschew. This seemed to be part of the reason why the Pharisees went so wrong; adding to the word of God might have started small and with good intentions, but it quickly spiralled out of control into a convoluted, hypocritical, and legalistic system.

The Tabernacle: Introduction

What do you think about the Tabernacle? Do you think about the Tabernacle? There is much discussion among Bible interpreters about how to handle this interesting Old Testament structure. Some are accused of going too far. They see ‘types’ [1] of Christ in almost every detail and feature given in the Exodus narrative. Others are criticised for making too little of it. They consign it to a contextual and historical meaning only. That is, they refuse to accept that it has any relevance to believers of this age. As always, the answer lies somewhere between the two. We do not have the liberty to make what we want out of the Tabernacle, but neither do we have permission to ignore it completely. Scripture tells us how to approach the Tabernacle today, and it is to that which we will turn in this series focused on this glorious Old Testament type.

Teaching in the Upper Room: The Fear of the Unknown

Losing the perceived control of our lives is unnerving. Future events hang over our heads as our thoughts race to the worst possible scenario while waiting for a diagnosis, the results of an exam, or other life-changing news. The trepidation the disciples experienced in the Upper Room was no different as they struggled to understand the Lord’s sayings. If they could have understood what the Lord was telling them that night, they would have learned, as we need to learn, that there is no need to fear the unknown will of God since we are loved of the Father. The unknown would bring joy and victory without fear.

Teach Us to Pray (3)

The Lord Jesus having addressed God’s fatherhood, transcendence and holiness now appeals to his omnipotence. Having addressed God’s person he desires that God shows his attributes – God’s interests are first on this prayer list.

The Empty Tomb and the Wisdom of God

The differentiator pitting the Christian faith against all other world religions is that we have a Saviour who predicted and performed His own bodily resurrection. We worship a Saviour who once was dead, but now is alive forevermore. The one thing that Satanic forces, Jewish leaders, human minds and Roman power wanted to prevent was this very resurrection, or at least a staged version thereof. Yet in the wisdom of God, all opposition to the purposes of God worked in God’s favour to help prove the truth, “He is not here: for He is risen” (Mt 28:6a). We can examine this together in Matthew 27:66 and revel in the wisdom of God.

My Genuine Child

Paul wrote to two younger men on separate occasions to reiterate the work he had given them while with them. Timothy, he left in Ephesus, while Titus he left on Crete. When you read what they were to do it becomes clear that these were not shy and retiring young men. They were emboldened and prepared to face down error where it reared its ugly head. They were commendable young men.

Teach us to Pray (2)

The Lord having started his prayer addressing the Fatherhood and transcendence of God, now addresses the holiness of God. In a day and age where everything is common, and God’s name debased, let us remember that God is separate, other and categorically different.

Alone in Company

Loneliness has long since known to be hazardous. We all associate with someone who prefers their own company, and from time to time we all favour a period of solitude, whether it be for concentration or meditation. However, it is generally true that human beings are made for companionship, yet, 9 million people in the UK state that they are always or often alone. This illustrates the point: most prefer company, but 1 in 5 is lonely. Our society has all the connectivity it requires and more, and yet the disconnection of loneliness is higher than ever.

Sofia and Prudence

The Old Testament is full of passages that are anticipatory of the coming Messiah. Some are obvious and overt–Psalm 22, 69, and Isaiah 53–others are more subtle and nuanced. Proverbs 8 is the latter. Using the style of its poetic genre, Solomon personifies wisdom to give it character. He attributes to an abstract concept, specific and personal characteristics. 'Doth not Wisdom cry?' (8:1, KJV) asks Solomon, 'At the entrance of the doors, she cries out' (8:3, NASB) he continues.

I have a Question!

1 Timothy 6:11 commands us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love and meekness. How am I to do this?  I am bombarded with the temptation to love money by my culture (v10) and see it as the antidote. I know that I AM declared righteous, I know that I HAVE faith, but how do I actively pursue these things?

On His Father's Throne is Seated

This week we are posting Hannah Burlingham’s beautiful hymn ‘On His Father’s throne is seated’ reminding us of the current lofty position occupied by our Saviour, granted by the Father. This is contrasted in verse 3 to the Cross given to Him by man. Well might we sing again this morning, ‘This world’s judgment stands recorded. God’s own justice satisfied!’

Teach us to Pray (1)

Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones once said that “prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when, on his knees, he comes face-to-face with God”. To varying degrees and at different times in lifewe have all experienced the thrill of ‘face-to-face’communion with God. Yet often in our lives, and just like the disciples here, we need to be reminded and helped in this vital spiritual exercise. Today we say with them; “Lord, teach us pray” (v 1).

Teaching from the Upper Room: The Profit of the Lord’s Leaving

Imagine if the Lord were still moving about like He was during the 40 days between His resurrection and ascension. Wouldn’t it be thrilling? The Lord might appear to you and other believers as you travel down the road, or among you to show you his hands and side, or maybe to talk with you after making a meal. So why didn’t the Lord stay? Is there something better? As we continue on the way from the Upper Room to Gethsemane, we will learn how it’s better that the Lord left us behind on this earth than to stay with us.