Dwelling With God In The Secret Place
Discovering Holy Intimacy
The Tabernacle of Moses reveals a spiritual path that leads to this mystical destination.
In Old Testament times, the Tabernacle was the place God chose to meet His people. Of course, God has never been limited to a tent, no matter how sacred. He is and always has been everywhere; but the Tabernacle revealed His plan to unite His holiness and justness with His love and mercy for fallen mankind.
“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other” (Psalms 85:10).
What a beautiful picture the psalmist paints for us in this verse. This meeting—this kissing of mercy and truth—is exactly what happens in the Tabernacle, and the result is a sweet sensation. The terminology reveals a romantic God. And why shouldn’t it? Who created the pleasure of a kiss or a touch in the first place? Scripture says, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry” (Psalm 2:12). Note the word “Son” is capitalized, indicating a certain heir—and this Son wants to be kissed.
God's Original Intentions
If we look back to the Garden of Eden, we see that dwelling with humanity was God’s original plan. The Lord walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of each day. Sin broke their relationship, but it did not sever God’s desire to be with people. That’s why years later He established the Tabernacle in the wilderness. In the prophetic words of Revelation we discover with no uncertainty God’s eternal intentions: “the Tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them” (Revelation 21:3). The New Living Translation puts it this way: “God’s home is now among his people!”
Tabernacling, or dwelling together in an enclosed and sacred place, has been in the heart of God from the beginning of time.
The Tabernacle provided a prophetic picture to the world. It was an earthly structure of heavenly design that revealed a spiritual path. Today, as priests of God, we don’t walk through a linen-clad entrance, but we look to the pattern and see an “arrow” that points from the Gate to the Holy of Holies. This is the place the Lord invites His bride to enter, through a sacred approach, into holy communion with Him.
Before entering the inner chamber, “outer court” issues must first be taken care of. The Outer Court of Moses’ Tabernacle was a messy, tiresome and emotional area; but it was also the place people found healing, forgiveness and restoration. Good things happened in the Outer Court, but New Testament believers cannot let Outer Court experiences deter them from God’s ultimate plan.
Repentance is not enough. Cleansing is not enough. Sacrifices and offerings are not enough. The things done in the Outer Court are done in preparation to enter the Holy of Holies.
God gave Moses the Tabernacle as a shadow of heavenly things and, oh, the glory that is to come.
In the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle, surrounded by cherubim, God showed up in a cloud of glory (Exodus 40:34). Kabad, the root of the word translated “glory,” is associated with honor and also heaviness.[i]
In the chamber of the Holy Place, the weight of God’s glory bears down in a personal, intimate connection. It’s a spiritual union—where believers open themselves to both give and receive in a sacred act that gives God pleasure and plants within them the desires of the Lord.
When you give yourself to intimacy in His divine embrace, you position yourself to receive the fullness of your purpose. True fulfillment is only found in intimacy with God. You see, Heaven isn’t really your destination. Jesus is.
[i] http://www.searchgodsword.org/lex/heb/view.cgi?number=03513, March 23, 2010
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