In Exo 38.21-31 we an accounting of the the materials used to build the Mishkan. Why is this here? Moses was a “non-profit” prophet. People will say if someone was in charge of all that gold, silver and materials that Moses was rich. From these verses we learn the extent to which he accounted for everything he was given. This is a lesson for any public official or minister. We should avoid any appearance of greed, coveting, and accumulation of wealth off of the gifts that were given by the people. This anticipates accusations and it also speaks of taking a spiritual inventory. It is sad to see that many so-called “ministers” don’t follow the example of Moses here.
Exo 40.1-16 is the last chapter in Exodus and it tells us how the Mishkan was set up after everything was built. It starts with the Ark (40.2-3) and it ends with the priest (40.31). But coming to the Lord is just the opposite. Many commands in the Torah are not written in detail (work, kosher, etc). But the Torah does list in detail the construction of the Mishkan (16 chapters).
There are things we must know and this is a pattern for a believer. God assembled us as his “body” or Mishkan. We are the individual threads of the Mishkan and the stones of the Temple. God assembled the Mishkan from the inside out in Exo 40. The first thing we encounter is the Kohen (priest) at the paroket (veil) in front. Then we encounter the Mizbe’ach Olah (Altar of Burnt Offering). From there we have the Shulchan Lechem Ha Pannin (Table of the bread of the Faces alludes to provision and the Word)), the Menorah (light and understanding, and the Mizbe’ach Shell Zahav (Golden Altar of Incense or prayer). Then we have another paroket (veil) and then the Aron Brit (Ark of the Covenant) with God’s commandments.
However, coming to the Lord is the opposite. We come from the outside in. However, many stop at the Golden Altar of Incense. They do not go beyond the veil to the Ark of the Covenant and the commandments. They have a problem with what is down there in that “box.” They have a problem with that “bond servant” business because they are “free.” They say, “All I need is Jesus (the priest).” Or they say, “All I need is out there at the door, or on the altar.” They want the mercy but they don’t want what is down there in that box.
But, the “new covenant” of Jer 31.31-34 says that the Lord is going to write his Torah on our hearts What is in that box is going to be written on the “ark” of our heart. Are we following the blueprint (tavnit) he appointed to approach him? How does a believer today react when he encounters the symbols of the Mishkan or Temple? Will we follow God’s blueprint given to Moses? Many Christians say that following the the blueprint is “legalism” but God calls it obedience.
If we do follow God’s pattern, and when things don’t go right, here is what we can do. Ask yourself how your Mishkan/Temple is set up. We need to make sure things are set up according to the the blueprint. Is everything in place and functioning? We should ask, “Have I got a fire on my altar? Is there bread on the table (studying the word)? In my Menorah (light and understanding) trimmed to make sure all the lamps are burning and giving the proper light? Does my Golden Altar have incense (prayer)? Are the commandments in my heart (Ark)?” This is the pattern we should be following. Like the kohanim did daily, we need to check all these things out to make sure they are functioning correctly. If they are, then we can move into spiritual warfare.
Many people have problems because they have not set up their faith according to the blueprint God gave to Moses. Many just stop at the Bronze Altar which is a type of the cross. They are still clinging to the “old rugged cross” and have not moved forward to what the Lord has for them. They have no light and understanding (Menorah), they do not study the Word of God daily (Table of the Bread of the faces) and they do not pray (Altar of Incense). And most of all, they do not have the commandments of God in their heart (Ark). This makes them very vulnerable to false teaching and deception.
We are not to be in darkness and we are shown here in these verses how to set up the Mishkan/Temple of God. Then like threads and stones that have been properly made, we fit right in with our brothers and sisters to make a habitation of God and a “House of Kedusha.” But when we are not constructed properly there is a problem. We will not fit in with those who are following the the blueprint the Lord gave. That is why there are so many different denominations. They aren’t following the blueprint and they have made up one of their own. They construct a god after their own image. The next denomination doesn’t like the god of the other denomination, so they construct another god in their image, and on and on it goes. The basic reason for all of this is they are not constructed according to the pattern God gave in the Torah, especially when it comes down to what is down in that Ark, the commandments.
If we profess to be a believer, go back and ask yourself if all these things are in place. Are they present in your life. Have we encountered the true priest (Yeshua? Have we come to the altar (cross)? Do we have bread on our table (the Word of God understood correctly)? Is our Menorah properly lit and functioning (do we have light, understanding, discernment, knowledge and insight)? Are we praying at the Altar of Incense? Another thing to remember is these things were checked two times a day during the morning and afternoon Tamid. Are we coming before Yehovah and praying during the hours of prayer two times a day? Check these things out everyday even if everything is going well in our life, and especially when it isn’t. Maybe there is no light on your Menorah, or no bread on the table. Maybe you stopped praying and laying incense on your Golden Altar. If you have, then make the adjustments and get going again.
We are going to go back to the first few chapters in Exodus again and we are going to look at the story of the Exodus from a different perspective. We are going to go over things that we have not seen or gone over before and it will give us deeper insight into what really happened in the First Redemption (Egyptian). We are going to look at the dynamics between Pharaoh and Moses in a deeper way. By understanding this, we will also get insight into the future Second Redemption (Messianic).
We are going to use the book by David Fohrman called “The Exodus You Almost Passed Over” as a source and we think it is a book that everyone should have in their library. This book is a great help because we almost did “pass over” what was really happening in the Torah. We are going to look at the three most important figures in this story: God, Moses and Pharaoh. So we will pick up here in Part 81.