Thursday, February 23, 2017

Law - The Most Holy Place (SD17)

Exo 40:1-3 _Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. You shall put in it the ark of the Testimony, and partition off the ark with the veil."

Inside the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies), was only the Ark of the Testimony, comprising of the ark containing initially the two tablets of Moses (but later added Aaron's budding rod and also the Book of the Law) and on top was the mercy seat with two cherubims in each end.

The Ark contains :-

1. Ten Commandments Tablets

2Cor 3:2-3  You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

God's design is that every Christian should be able to come before His presence at the Mercy seat. He showed us a higher commandment by dying on the cross thus fulfilling the Ten Commandments.

John 13:34  "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

2. Aaron's budding rod

Num 17:10  And the Lord said to Moses, “Bring Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die.”

Our Lord Jesus is the High Priest of the order of Melchizedek, a higher Priesthood than Aaron's, so that He can enter the Most Holy Place to be with the Father.

Heb 5:8-10  though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”

3. Book of the Law

Deut 31:26  “Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there as a witness against you;"

When we love Him and keep His commandments, He will give us the Helper, the Spirit of truth to help us to remember and understand His words and all truth.

Heb 8:10-11  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

4. Mercy Seat of God

Exo 25:22 "  And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.

God spoke to Moses and the Israelites from the Mercy Seat or via the angels (two cherubim). But when we love Him by keeping His word, God the Father will dwell within us, thus setting up His mercy Seat (throne of grace) and establishing the Kingdom of God within us.

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."

Brethren, For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:15-16)