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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.

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 Tabernacle: The Altar

At the gate of the taberbacle compound, stood the altar, sometimes referred to as the Brazen altar or ‘the 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

The Profile of the Perfect Servant

What would you say marks an ideal servant? For those in employment, there are directives given by Paul in the New Testament: 'be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith' (Tt 2:9–10, ESV). Paul outlines features such as submission, integrity and trustworthiness as marks of the servant.

10 Minutes Before the Meeting Starts

I wonder what sort of atmosphere characterises your meeting before it begins? In some places it is light chatter that can build up into a cacophony of noise. Often there are cordial smiles and greetings as people take their seats. Every meeting has a few ‘meerkats’ whose necks crane and look around to investigate every new sight or sound that enters the meeting room. Perhaps there are some who struggle to get to the meeting 10 minutes before it begins and thus enter the building flustered and in a jangling of noise. These are often common sights that we’ve all experienced.

The Thesaurus of the Heart

The Lord Jesus told many parables and used multiple illustrations that had a secondary audience. In Luke 6 he is addressing his disciples–‘And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said...’ (v20)–but you get the feeling that His perennial enemies, the scribes and the Pharisees, were not far away (v7).

Mine Own Familiar Friend

There are few people who can claim to have been betrayed as often and as treacherously as King David. He first experienced betrayal at the hands of King Saul. Fresh back from his victory over Goliath in the Valley of Elah, he might have expected some form of preferential treatment in the King’s palace. Instead he heard the whistle of the King’s spear as it flew past his head and thudded into the wall behind.