The Bible contains rich word pictures/imagery for how God would reveal Himself and His Character as well as Jesus Christ through the Mishkan:

(Hebrew: מִשְׁכַּן‎, mishkan, “residence” or “dwelling place”), according to the Hebrew Bible, was the portable earthly dwelling place of God amongst the children of Israel from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan.) or as we call it the Tabernacle.

Monday nights I have had the privilege of teaching using the technology of “zoom.” We gather together using a link I send out and according to your time zone. You are welcome to join us. A little preparation for our next lesson follows.

In this lesson we will cover:

The Workers—who were they? What was special about them? Exodus 31:1-6 tells us much about them. Read that passage and reflect on how this mirrors what Jesus did with the disciples in Mark 6. (Whenever we read in Exodus “he made” the parts for the Tabernacle we should recall that this refers to Bezalel)

What do you learn about these two “supervisors” chosen by God?  Relate their character to Stephen in Acts 6. How are they similar?

The Beginning of the Mishkan – the Tabernacle.  Exodus 27:9-19; 35: 1-20 preparation for the materials needed.

The Fence of the Tabernacle: Ex 35:17-18; Ex 38:20; (What materials were used?)

The Gate – Why only one gate? What does that symbolize? Ex 3:1-6 and Is 59:2; John 14:6-

The Brazen Altar –Ex 27:1-8; What is its purpose? Ex 29:38-46

The Laver – We don’t know much about this piece of “furniture” but we do know the materials used: Ex 38:8;  Exo 30:17-21. We do know the purpose of it: Ex 40:30-32

The book of Leviticus and Numbers are heavy reading but so vital. Here we are brought front and center for what God requires to be a holy people. Yet today we find that churches are going more, as  Tim Challies says, “pragmatic” and we are on a slippery slope to doing “whatever seems right in our own eyes” as in the book of Judges. It seems that in many ways our church services are becoming more cafeteria style or a  “freestyle religion” as B. Deffinbaugh calls it in his article.

Here’s a question to ponder: Are we becoming careless and so much so that we are failing in one key area that God requires: reverence? 

Take a walk with me through Numbers chapter 4 where God gave specific steps for the Levites to be a part of the “worship team.” Each man was to between the ages of 30 to 50. They were to be “probationers” at the age of 25. [M. Henry] (Numb 8:24) They were to be mentored and taught what they were to do and how to do it. To fail was fatal. Hung over their head was the warning  that to fail was to “fall into the hand of the living God.” [Heb 10:21]

Thankfully, today, because of the sacrificial death of Jesus who tore open the veil, we no longer have that fear and do not need to be so fearful–yet the “rules” still apply as to the how. We are to come boldly but reverently. [Hebrews 10 and Eph 3]. The NT gives us examples for our instruction as to what happens when we trespass. Ananias and Sapphira fell flat down dead and fear came over the church. Paul warned the Corinthians about why some were “weak and sick, and quite a few are dead.” [1Cor 11]. Paul also warned us in Galatians that God will not be mocked. What you sow you reap.

So how do we handle all of this biblically? It starts when we ask ourselves:

  1. Are we praying not just for our pastor but also the worship team?
  2. Have we prepared our hearts for entering and worshiping with a reverent mindset?
  3. Have we examined ourselves?