God Blesses His Tabernacle

God Blesses His Tabernacle

Our text:

Exodus Chapters 35-40

We have come to the end of this study of the Book of Exodus. It has now become one of my most favorite books of the Bible. It seems that after a study of God’s Word, I find that every passage, every verse, every chapter of every book becomes my favorite. God said He gave us His Complete Word and I believe Him. God said His Word is approved in Heaven and that’s all I need to know.

Psa 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

And my hope of "salvation" is in God’s Word:

Col 1:5  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, [whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel];
Col 1:6  Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Though this world will not agree in the day we live in, this world has been changed because the Nation of Israel exist. It is God’s Word that tells us the beginnings of this nation and God’s Word also tells us of the end of this nation!

In "typology" just as the world was changed by Israel, every human being can be changed by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have seen in this Holy Book that only God had the plans for the Tabernacle and He gave these plans to man to build. This Tabernacle did not descend out of Heaven But the true "Pattern" of this Tabernacle did descend out of Heaven and we call Him Jesus.

He has added His presence to the life of the believer and we can work because of Him.

1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

Just as the Tabernacle in Exodus was God’s meeting place, the Born Again child of God has Our Lord living within him.

As the earlier chapters of this book dealt with the commands of God, these last chapters deal with actual construction.

We will find that Israel was camped at Mount Sinai at the third month of their escape from Egypt.

Exo 19:1  In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

We find that ten months later they had assembled this Tabernacle.

Exo 40:2  On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

We know that Moses had spent 80 of those days communing with God. We can see that there were many of God’s people dedicated to the the work of following God’s plan to construct this meeting place and the Earthly Throne of God.

We as God’s children must be dedicated, and put our whole heart into the work God has given for us to do.

The Greatest "type" of all we seen in this book is that "ALL OF GOD’S HEAVENLY PLAN WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED ON THIS EARTH".

We will see that all the materials were assembled and the Tabernacle was assembled.

*****Our Text:

Exo 35:1  And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them.
Exo 35:2  Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
Exo 35:3  Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.

The first thing told to these children of Israel was they could work only six days in a row and rest every seventh day. We should not be confused. There was no daily calendar to go by. A "Sabbath" was not on Saturday because there was no Saturday at this time. These people counted days. Work six days and rest on the seventh as commanded of God. We of the church honor Sunday as our day of rest but do we work on all the other days?

In the "Spiritual" sense we know that we cannot go to the work of the Lord unless we first have come to rest in Jesus.

If we keep the true "Sabbath" then we must not be occupied with the things of this world, but we must "Honor" and be occupied with the things of God.

Isa 58:13  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, [not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words]:
Isa 58:14  [Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD]; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

To not kindle a fire on our day of rest means ‘we must set aside every desire of the flesh and honor God". This is the only way to find our own sabbath day of rest.

Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

To "mortify" means to subdue all our bodily lusts and cravings.

To work six days means that we cannot neglect our natural responsibilities as God’s servants and to that of our families.

*****Our text:

Exo 35:4  And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,

Exo 35:21  [And they came], every one whose heart stirred him up, and [every one whom his spirit made willing], and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.
Exo 35:22  And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the LORD.

Did everyone come? We can be sure that there were those that were unwilling to be involved with the things of God.

These that came did not have to be begged or enticed to God’s Work. They came freely and joyfully and considered it a privilege to serve Jehovah God.

Everything that is offered to God must come from a "willing heart"! This is the Law of freewill giving. This is the means of eternal blessings.

Moses simply announced that the Lord was willing to receive and then left it in the Holy Spirits hands to prick the hearts of God’s people. He had no special enticement to offer. There is only a special joy of knowing you are giving to the work of the Lord.

We can see that there was no lack of "freewill giving" because the people brought more than enough.

*****Our Text:

Exo 36:4  And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;
Exo 36:5  And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.
Exo 36:6  And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.
Exo 36:7  For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

We can see that God’s "craftsmen" had no thought of hoarding any extra or saving it. When enough was enough they said so.

In these days of what we call "hard times" it cannot be said that the church has more than enough as many cannot even pay the bills to keep the doors open. Most of the time it is because God’s people simply do not freely give of themselves and their abundance, and their tithe.

1.) When God has a specific task to undertake, He does not hold the church responsible for the means to do this task.

2.) When the Lord gives to His own work, He will lay in on the "Hearts" of His people to contribute to that work.

3.) It is when God’s people refuse to honor the work of the Holy Spirit in their own hearts.

4.) When we insist on taking on a project where God has not provided we are doing so on our own thoughts.

5.) It is seldom that it can be said that God has blessed a project when He is not in it.

6.) Anything done outside the will of God is doomed to failure.

It takes a "redeemed" people, who know the "glory" of God, that are "devoted" to the "cause" of Our Lord Jesus Christ and think of it as a "privilege" to serve with Him.

God wants wise hearted people to be involved in His work. "every wise hearted man"

These are the ones that God supplies with His Wisdom. "in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom"

Spiritually we first have a people that have rested in Jesus(the Sabbath) and then we these same people freely giving of themselves and now we have the acceptable service of Our Lord of those that have passed from death to life.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

That Godly wisdom will bring forth a renewing of our minds!

Things must be done in this order in order to serve the Lord Jesus Christ!

*****Our text:

Exo 35:25  And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.
Exo 35:26  And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair.

We should not skip over this from chapter 35:

There will cooperation in the work of the Lord from all sexes. The "Sisters" have their place and their part in God’s Work. It does not say they provided any material but that they labored "spun". They did the things that they would normally do at home.  This would include instructing children in the ways of God.

*****Our text:

Exo 35:27  And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate;
Exo 35:28  And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.

We can see that the leaders of this new nation set an example for all others in that they also freely gave.

Spiritually, God is saying to all Church leaders including the Pastor to set the example before the flock. Stewardship is an obvious way to show others where our heart is.

1Ti 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; [but be thou an example of the believer], in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Tit 2:7  [In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works]: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Tit 2:8  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

We need only look in our own community and we can see how our church leaders fail us.

*****Our text:

Exo 38:24  All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy place, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
Exo 38:25  And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:

The "lesson" for the church. Every gift to the Lord was kept in a complete record. Every penny in the work of the Lord should be accountable.

*****Chapter 39:

Eight times in this chapter the phrase "as the Lord commanded". The construction of the Tabernacle was completed in exact detail. There was no room for the errors of man. All things must be completed just as the Word of God demands for Our Lord to Tabernacle with us.

These children of God completed the work of God just as they wee told. They added nothing more and they did nothing less. This is a lesson to observe for every Christian.

In God’s Work we are to do it just as He instructs us to do, we will "grieve" His Holy Spirit.

In the words of Peter:

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Joh 6:67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Joh 6:68 [Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.]
Joh 6:69  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

We can surely see that man can have man has only "One" work in Salvation and that is to "Believe" the Word the God has given to us.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  [That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works].

If we desire God’s "blessing" and God’s "reward" we must do all things just as God has instructed us in His Word and we Do Have His Complete Word if we have His Bible.

I prefer the truth of the King James Bible!

Our Lord requires "Faithfulness" it is He that provides "Success".

Tit 1:9  Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

*****Our text:

Exo 39:43  And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.

As Moses was "Mediator" for his people, we must remember that Our Mediator, Jesus Christ, will also inspect every work of every saint of God. It is from this work that we will face Our Lord at His Bema Seat that probably takes place at the Rapture of the Church.

2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

God tells us to not come to Him empty handed! God will judge "quality" not "quantity", that which is of the "Spirit" and that which is of the "flesh".

*****Our Text

Chapter 40

Exo 40:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Exo 40:2  On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

This would be almost a year from the day that Israel had left Egypt. In this chapter we see that is Moses who completes the work of the Tabernacle.

Exo 40:33  And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

The Bible itself says that this Moses is a "type of Christ".

Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

*****Our text:

Exo 40:34  Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Only when Moses had completed the work of rearing the Tabernacle, only then did the "Glory of the Lord" fill the Tabernacle.

What does this remind us of?

Act 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

You see it is only after the completed work of Our Lord Jesus on that cross that the Holy Spirit can fill the House.

*****Our text:

Exo 40:36  And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
Exo 40:37  But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
Exo 40:38  For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

All Israel had to do was stay focused on that cloud and it would lead them to the promised land!

To think back on what we have seen:

1.) When Moses descended the first time from the Mount "Judgment" came to this Jewish nation.

When Christ descends to call out His Church:

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Then the "Time of Jacobs Trouble" will begin:

Jer 30:7  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Jer 30:8  For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
Jer 30:9  But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

2.) When Moses descended this second time from the Mount:

a.) Moses appeared with a "radiant face".

A type of Christ:

Col 3:4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

b.) The tablets of stone were not broken this time.

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people

c.) The reference to the Sabbath:

Telling us that peace will come during the "Millennial Kingdom".

d.) The reference to the freewill offerings:

Zep 3:9  For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
Zep 3:10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. 

e.) Israel begins the work of the Tabernacle:

Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

f.) The Tabernacle is set up:

Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Zec 6:13  Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

g.) The Lord then dwelt in the "Midst" of His People:

Zec 2:10  Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
Zec 2:11  And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

h.) The "Glory of the Lord" was visibly displayed:

Isa 4:5  And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
Isa 4:6  And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Don’t you just love the Word of God, where every passage will lead us to the truth of His Word. Just as the Tabernacle was built and assembled exactly like God instructed. God will complete every work He has started in this world until the day when He says "it is done".

Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, [It is done]. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

And this day comes to all God’s Children:

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

*****A Few Things About Moses

Moses was born at the time of Pharaoh’s order to abort all the male children of Israel. This was an attempt by Satan to keep the Nation of Israel from ever existing thus stopping God’s plan of Salvation. Moses was saved alive to become a royal prince. Likewise Christ Jesus Our Lord also lived in the time that Herod attempted to slay all the children around Bethlehem but God intervened. This was another attempt by Satan to destroy God’s plan of "Salvation".

Moses was adopted into royalty but Christ Jesus is of "Royal Blood" born a King and the King. Moses fled Egypt and became a "shepherd". Jesus was born in a stable and remained a shepherd of His Father’s flock all the days of His life.

Joh 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Through Moses at the hand of  God, Israel was released from the bondage of slavery. But Through Jesus at the hand of God, all believers are released from Satan’s bondage of "Sin".

Moses was the great "Intercessor" for Israel But Christ Jesus is the "Great Intercessor" for all God’s children.

It is God Himself that said Moses was a "type" of Christ:

Deu 18:18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, [like unto thee], and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Deu 18:19  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

When we study the life of Moses we will see many things that resemble Our Lord but we must remember these words:

Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

It is Our Lord Jesus Christ that has the means of our Salvation:

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Let’s Pray!

God Renews His Covenant

God Renews His Covenant

Our text:

Exodus Chapters 32-34

We should ask ourselves can we feel God working behind the scenes in our lives?

The work of God is universal. Though it involves us in every way we may not be able to see it most of the time. In our own lives we have a small view of what is happening in the universe and to be honest we spend a lot of time in the valleys and just cannot see over the mountain that is before us. What we should see is that it is Jehovah God who is in control and our job is to concentrate on the small part He has given us to do. What God does may sometimes be puzzled BUT we must remember God does not see the part we play as small. God sees the part we play as essential!

Hell is hot and many are caught in the Devil’s snare every day. We cannot save anyone, only God can do that. We are the sower of the seed, the fishermen that cast the hook, we are the friend of the lost though he be our enemy. Our job is to be these things and trust that God still does what He has always done, To Have Mercy On Us to Salvation.

He will only do this through His Son Jesus!

Before the Tabernacle is even constructed the Holy Spirit decided we needed to know what took place with Israel while Moses was getting the instructions to build the Tabernacle. The New Nation of Israel had already agreed to God’s new two party covenant and God wants us to see their failure. God does not hide sin in His Bible but it is hard to imagine that God’s people would sink so low in "Sin" and so fast.

You know just as soon as you commit your self to the Lord, Satan will come calling, to try to trip you up if he can. Before the Tabernacle has been built, this Nation of Israel would build "Idols".

The Bible says:

Ecc 7:29  Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

It had not been but a few days since these very same people had met the Lord at Mount Sinai. (Chapter 19)

In Chapter 24:3 we heard them say these words:

"All the words which the LORD hath said will we do"

This vow of the people was ratified in a legal form:

Exo 24:7  And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

You see they put it in writing. They could not now declare that they did not know.

We must not be fooled God keeps accurate records! At the White Throne of "Judgment" we see the phrase

"and the dead were judged out of those things [which were written in the books], according to their works"

We can miss this day of the "White Throne Judgment" if we will decide now while we are alive to accept the gift of Salvation Our Lord offers us in this time of "Grace". There is only one book we need to be in for sure and that is "The Lamb’s Book Of Life".

It is only after these things that The Lord calls Moses up to the top of the Mount:

Exo 24:12  And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

The very first deacon of the early church, Stephen never forgot this day and we should remember it also:

Act 7:37  This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
Act 7:38  This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Act 7:39  To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
Act 7:40  Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
Act 7:41  And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Act 7:42  Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
Act 7:43  Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

We can see just how deep in sin this "New Nation" would sink without getting close to the Lord Our God.

There has been many of our own children offered up to "false idols" in our day and most never come back to Jehovah God.

We can never stop God’s plan but we can be left out of God’s plan and that means some one else will get a blessing for what we choose to ignore.
 
Let’s Begin:

*****Our Text:

Exo 32:1  And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
Exo 32:2  And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
Exo 32:3  And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
Exo 32:4  And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Exo 32:5  And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
Exo 32:6  And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
Exo 32:7  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
Exo 32:8  They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Exo 32:9  And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
Exo 32:10  Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

There are three main things we will see in this chapter:

1.) We will see the "Idol":

What is an Idol?

An idol is any image, any form, or any thing that represents an object of worship to us. This is anything we set our affections on and indulge in that gets between us and Our Lord.

2.) We will see an "Intercessor":

An "Intercessor" is one that mediates, one who pleads for another person in an attempt to reconcile the differences between two parties.

3.) We will see "The Punishment":

That’s any punishment that comes as a direct result of our failures. Israel had not taken their "Covenant with God very serious.

How do we match up in these things.

A.) Do we take the Word of God seriously?

B.) Do we wonder why we suffer when we ignore the Word of God?

C.) Do we wonder why our nation seems to be losing favor in the eyes of God.

D.) Have we truly ask Jesus to be Our Intercessor to reconcile us to a Holy God?

Thank God for Our Intercessor, Our Mediator, Our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.

These children of Israel were not mad at Moses for being gone for forty days. God had not stopped feeding them. God had not stopped providing their water and meeting all their needs.

They had simply cast away their allegiance to Jehovah. Their "Hearts" had left their "First Love".

What did Jesus say to the Church at Ephesus:

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

They just simply did not appreciate what Moses had done for them and Moses was God’s man.

Do we ever wonder just how does Jesus feels when we fail Him? We know Our Lord can be "grieved".

It’s hard to get a smile out of some one we have let down!

Let’s hit a little closer home. When we fail in the things of Our Own Church knowing we have such a loving Pastor and the work He put’s into it, HOW DO YOU THINK HE FEELS. DO WE REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT HE DOES FOR THIS CHURCH?

This not Sam Duncan’s church, This Is God’s Church and we are all in this together!

When we let down our Pastor we have let down God’s man just as Israel did.

We see that Israel had deliberately ignored the very first commandment. "Thou shalt have no other god’s before me"

We as Christians must not lust after things we can see. We must stay focused on the "Invisible God" for we can still see His Creation and if you have been sealed with the Holy Ghost you know His Truth.

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We know that Israel had served false gods in Egypt and they were still in that sinful flesh:

Jos 24:14  Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

You know these words of Joshua still hold true today. We must put away the things we left behind and have a Holy Fear of Our Lord in sincerity and truth.

Our Lord God only expects one kind of worship!

Jesus Christ tells us:

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

We must realize that if it was time to properly worship Our Lord at this day at the well in Samaria, then it is certainly time to do it right now in these last days.

We know that Israel at this time were only redeemed in "type" and the biggest majority of them had no "faith":

The proof is in the words of Moses:

Deu 32:20  And he(God) said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

But Paul tells the early church:

1Co 10:6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

There is only one way to avoid these things. We must be filled with the Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

If we open our eyes we can truly see that when the church does not worship in Spirit and Truth then it becomes the "Synagogue" of Satan and Our Lord will be outside knocking at the "door" to see if we let Him back in.

*****What was the response of Aaron:

God had kept Moses away from this nation of Israel for forty days and we said in a previous lesson that the number forty was the number of "testing". Now it was not only Moses that was being tested at this time for he was with Jehovah God but also the Nation of Israel including their future High Priest.

Israel was being tested at this time and we can see that they failed. We can just look around and we can see America is failing while Jesus is in Heaven also.

And You know while Our Lord is away from us and in Heaven at this time, we can be sure we are going to go through some test and hopefully we can turn that test into a Testimony.

When we pray the "sinners prayer" we are making a vow to God to uphold His principles. How good do we keep that vow. If you are like me, you fail every day. Thank God for His "Grace".

My life was a mess and I pray that Christ will make my life into a "Message" for others to see.

We can also say the this was a time of testing for Aaron.

While Moses was being instructed on how to make Aaron the first High Priest, Aaron was building a golden idol to a false God. We can see that Aaron’s life was a mess at this time also.

It would be good to point out that this golden calf with the upturned horns did not just represent an idol of false worship but it represented an entire worship system.

This idol was a representation of the false "moon god", Apis to the Egyptians, but the upturn horns represent the crescent moon. Now we do not have to look far in our day to see a certain religion that is represented by the "crescent moon".

The full circle, two upturned horns, represent the "sun god", the "moon god" and on the horizon the "morning star".

This was the triune worship of Egypt when Israel was a slave and this is the false religion that spread to Mesopotamia and what we see in the Book of Revelation as the Babylonian system.

Rev 18:2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, [Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils], and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Nehemiah referred to this false idol:

Neh 9:18  Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;

The Psalmist referred to this false idol:

Psa 106:19  They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
Psa 106:20  Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
Psa 106:21  They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

The very first deacon of the early church, Stephen referred to this idol:

Act 7:43  Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

This was open "Apostasy" to Our Lord and all those that would have us all under one umbrella of worship in our day are asking the Christian to be in "Open Apostasy" to Jehovah God.

The world may be going that way but we are not a part of this world:

1Jn 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1Jn 4:5  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1Jn 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Watch how these things only get worse:

*****Aaron now erects an altar:

Just as today we try to hide the sin of our idolatry by insincere worship of the Living God.

It doesn’t even stop there. Now Aaron wants to make a new feast day. How can we ask Our Lord to sanctify our own inventions of worship. If we look around all these things are going on before our very eyes even in our own communities and certainly in our own nation which at one time was considered a Christian Nation.

When we worship our idols in the name of Jesus Christ we have sunk about as low as we can go!

There is nothing in this world that can cleanse us from our filth but the Shed Blood of Jesus. We must be washed in the Word of God to live in this "Sin Sick" world.

We can see that offerings were made on this altar but none of them were described as "Sin Offerings". Just like today in our world, people see sin as a "cupcake" instead of what it is a "Viper" a "Serpent" a "Poison" that is killing this world we live in.

*****"and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play"

After these people had presented themselves to the "Altar" in false confession, they immediately went back to the ways they had in Egypt and indulged in the "lust of the flesh".

Israel had now certainly broken their covenant with God and disowned the "One" that had "Delivered" them from "Bondage".

They were just having some fun and not worried about the consequences but is this not what is being taught in our world today "if it feels good do it"!

God told Moses these were his people (Verse 7  "thy people"). We see God gave these people to Moses.

They had turned aside from the ways of God. We see this all to often even in our own church where people confess of salvation and go right back to the world they lived in before they knew God.

Can we grieve Our Creator, you know we can.

*****We will next see the Intercessor.

*****Our Text:

Exo 32:11  And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
Exo 32:12  Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
Exo 32:13  Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
Exo 32:14  And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

Man is the only thing that God created that can truly worship Him (God). Man was born in innocence but Adam soon changed all that by falling into disobedience.

Eph 4:18  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  

If man was to ever again to have a relationship with God then it must be on new ground. A new and living way.

Heb 10:20  [By a new and living way], which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Anything else would only bring death! Though man had fallen out of the "Grace " of God, we still have the obligation to seek God. God gave mankind His Own breath to begin life, so the knowledge of God is still inside of every man.

The natural man does have a religious nature but in most all cases this religious nature will lead every man into idolatry.

Jesus said:

Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Man must have his god. Even the Atheists have a god even if it is called the god of denial for that is where they place their worship.

Paul understood this when he wrote to the Romans:

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

This was the reasoning behind the very first commandment of God.

Moses had placed himself between God and His people. Moses placed himself in harm’s way in order that the nation of Israel not die:

God said to Moses "Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them"

Moses placed himself between the ""Wrath of God" and "A Lost People". Moses had prayed for this people all along and he could have easily have just gotten out of the way this time, after all God said we can start over again when He said:

"I will make of thee a great nation"

Moses did not fail in this hour that Israel needed him the most. The "Faith" of Moses had grown until he now could intervene on behalf of Israel. I know a man named Jesus who also did not fail me in the hour of my greatest need.

Heb 11:24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Heb 11:26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Moses was steadfast in his desire to be associated with these people. I know a some one named Jesus who is stedfast in His association with His Church.

Can we not see all the "types" of Our Lord?

Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Moses ask this Holy God:

"LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?"

And Praise the Lord:

"And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people"

God had given these people to Moses in verse 7 (thy people) but now Moses had given them back to God.

What did Jesus say to His Father:

Joh 17:7  Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
Joh 17:8  For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
Joh 17:9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
Joh 17:10  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

We cannot miss these "Types" of Christ because they have real importance in the way of Our Faith. God said to learn from these examples in the Old Testament.

Moses said to God, "what would the world say if you destroyed this people after redeeming them with such awesome power"

This is a plea that God will never refuse!

Moses was saying no matter what they are, they were still God’s people. It was God that had laid claim on them.

Moses’s Faith had finally risen to the occasion at hand!

I dare say there are not many, myself included that would have done what Moses did but this is exactly what God tells us to do:

God is searching for those that will stand in, and stand up, to reach the lost of this world!

Moses was being tested just as Israel was. God already knew what Moses would do but God knew Moses must prove it to himself.

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

God would have had to break His promise to Abraham and Moses reminded God of this:

Heb 6:16  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
Heb 6:17  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
Heb 6:18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Moses had become an "Intercessor" in a "type of Jesus Christ. God will always provide one to stand in the breach:

Psa 106:23  Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses [his chosen] stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.

We know that the true "Chosen One" is Jesus Christ Our Lord:

Mat 12:18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

You see God never ever has to change His mind because everything He does is always the right thing to do:

Jas 1:16  Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, [with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning].
Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

*****Our Text:

Exodus 32:15-29

Exo 32:19  And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
Exo 32:20  And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

Many will ask, if Moses is this great "type" of Christ then how could he do these things that were mentioned in this chapter.

BUT  if we think about it we know that Our Messiah came down from Heaven knowing exactly what condition all our generations of sinners were and are in.

As we study God’s Word we should use as a guideline a verse from Thessalonians:

1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

We have to rightly divide the Bible to get the true meaning of what God is saying to us.

The Bible is its own best "commentary".

Jesus said:

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Some things to consider: Moses knew the state of this people before he came down the mountain.

God told him in verses 7,8,9

What we have in this lesson another "type"! It will apply to Israel but also to the Church.

1.) When Moses went up the mountain he was a "type" of the Ascension of Christ.

2.) While he was in the presence of God, he had learned all the things of the Tabernacle and the Priesthood and these were the provisions of God’s "Grace".

3.) We now see Moses descend from the mountain in fact he will descend twice in this chapter:

Exodus 32:15 and Exodus 32:29.

We already know that Our Lord has also told us that He will descend twice:

a.) The Church the Rapture: 

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

b.) His Second Coming: 

Zec 14:3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

After the "Rapture" of the Church, Israel will suffer a terrible "Judgment" BUT at the Second Coming, Israel will have a great "Blessing" (Millennial Reign of Christ).

*****Our Text:

Exo 32:31  And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Exo 32:32  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

We have seen Moses the "Intercessor" now we see Moses the "Judge" and soon, Moses the "Mediator".

These are all "Types" of Christ.

Moses explains later in Deuteronomy:

Deu 9:18  And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Deu 9:19  For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also.
Deu 9:20  And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.
Deu 9:21  And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.

We can also see another "Type".

In the Book of Revelation we read in Chapters 2 and 3 as Christ Our Lord "Judges" His Church.

We know the Church is told to keep away from "Idols":

1Jn 5:21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

We know an "Idol" is anything that we place between our selves and Our Lord.

And we know what damage can come to us if we serve our "Idols":

Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

*****It was Aaron that was left in charge so Moses went straight to Aaron.

You know we might not like this but when Jesus went back to Heaven and He left the Church in charge of this Earth and He left the Pastors, the Preachers, the Evangelist in charge of the Church.

It is the Pastors of the Church the Jesus addresses in the Book of Revelation (Chapters 2-3).

*****Aaron gave a sad response when he said he gave the people what they wanted.

We see this happening in a lot of Churches where the Pastors and Church Leaders "give in" to those that sit in the pews for ungodly reasons.

God expects these "Men" to "Preach" "All" His Word and not to add to or take away from it.

Moses came down in the Power of God and stood before 2 million people with out any fear of them and "Gave them the Word of God".

We can see the difference in these two "types". The servant of the Lord can serve in Power but those that yield to the people have no such power and the people know it and will rebel.

Once God’s man is established, then we can find out who is on God’s side. Just to remain neutral is also to be on Satan’s side.

The Bible still says that all these things are written down for us to learn from:

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

In these scriptures we see where Moses used the sword BUT the sword given to the Church is a much more powerful sword:

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, [and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God]:

This is the sword we are to use on the enemies of the Church. We should not beat our families and friends to death with the Word of God but THE WORD OF GOD MUST CUT DEEP INTO THEIR HEARTS WHILE WE MUST TAKE A DEFINATE STAND UPHOLDING THE WORD OF GOD.

These are the conditions under which we will be "Judged" at the Bema Seat Judgment, that takes place at the Rapture of the Church.

Moses did not try to minimize the sin of Israel. Their sin was very grievous. Moses truly loved this people:

Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Again we can see a "type" of Christ.

Then Moses presented himself again before the Lord in prayer for his people. Repentance can only come through prayer.

*****Our Lord Jesus is our "Prayer Warrior" in Heaven. No "sin" of the believer can make Jesus stop loving us.

Joh 13:1  Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

Moses was willing to be blotted out of the Book Of The Living for his people.

Though this is not the Lamb’s Book of Life it still shows the willingness of Moses to die for this people at the hands of God.

Psa 69:28  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

We know that God has many books:

Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

The One that concerns the Church the most is the "Lamb’s Book of Life", but there is another book for rewards.

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

*****God gives His answer to Moses:

Exo 32:33  And the LORD said unto Moses, [Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book].

This is the importance of the Blood Of Jesus:

Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

*****Our Text:

Exodus 33-34

Exo 34:1  And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
Exo 34:2  And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.

Exo 34:9  And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

Exo 34:27  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
Exo 34:28  And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

We may wonder why the world has changed so drastically to a world of evil but we live in an unrepentant world. If we do not acknowledge our sin to God, then He(God) has to punish us to remain righteous.

God does not and will not wink at sin!

Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Though Israel had sinned grievously, Moses still had to return to God to receive the Tablets of Stone. We know that no purpose of God can fail. Those broken laws might be O K for Israel but only God’s Law can stand.

*****We live in a world now where the broken laws are kept but the Christian must keep the written unbroken laws of God.

But God says:

Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

*****God cannot just be tossed aside like He does not exist.

1.) The first Tablets were in "type" man’s inability to keep God’s Law. These tablets were supplied by God.

Exo 24:12  And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

2.) The second set of Tablets were supplied by Moses. A "type" of Christ.

Exo 34:1  And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

Jesus Christ said:

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

These are the Tablets that are inside the "Ark"!

Deu 10:5  And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

Another "type" that should not be missed is covered in the Word of God:

Rom 5:20 says Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

*****We know Our Lord is a God to be loved and He insists in that love but The Lord Our God is also a God to be feared!

Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

We know a fire will not go out until all the material to be burned is gone!

*****We need to stand in a Holy Awe of Our Lord!

He not only "Pardons" but He will also "Chastise" His children.

*****Even in Heaven, the "Saints" sing praises but they also fall down before Him.

Rev 4:10  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

What did Moses pray to Our Lord:

"I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance"

*****Why are we sealed with the Holy Spirit of God until He takes us to heaven? Because we are a stiff necked people that need Our Lord with us every moment we live in this flesh! We have to have a personal, one on one, relationship with The Master.

Mankind has no ability to meet the requirements of such a Holy God.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, [in that it was weak through the flesh], God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That’s why we need Jesus who is the only way to Heaven:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

If he is not your Lord the make it so today!

Let’s pray!

God Directs The Tabernacle Design (Part Three)

God Directs The Tabernacle Design (Part Three)

God Commands Priestly Duties

Text: Exodus Chapters 28 – 31

The Tabernacle required great skill and special talent to follow the examples God gave to Moses. It would take many people with a great dedication to move and erect repeatedly but the most important thing the Tabernacle did was to provide a place to meet with God.

There are many today that think once they are "Born Again they have met all the requirements God gave them and they can go on about their lives and some think that they do not even have to change the way they live. Neither of these things are true and those that think this way need to see what God has to say about it.

God tells the Church:

Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 [Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: (and so much the more), as ye see the day approaching].

God not only says to not forsake coming together but in the day of the Church(the last days) to even meet more often.

That word "forsaking" means to desert the assembling or to abandon the Church.

The most important things about the Tabernacle took place when "the ministry God assigned to it" took place!

In this time of Israel the Tabernacle defined the ministry of the "Priest".

1.) What is a "Priest"?

One who represents "Man" to "God"!

"that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office"

Heb 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men [in things pertaining to God], that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Heb 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Heb 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

Heb 5:4 [And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron].

And our High Priest:

Heb 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

To compare a "priest" and "prophet":

A prophet is one who represents "God" to "Man":

Exo 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, [I have made thee a god to Pharaoh]: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

So Our Lord:

Heb 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, [now to appear in the presence of God for us]:

1.) We will see that through the attire of the Priest, God has a special concern that everything in our approach to Him shall be perfect. (28:2)

2.) We will see a constant and profound emphasis on "Holiness". (28:36)

This is an example of how our approach to God should be.

3.) We will know the assurance given that the people were never out of God’s thoughts. (28:29,30)

4.) What we should realize is the "Glory", the "Power", the "Comfort" and the "Inspiration" of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Heb 4:16 [Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need].

And remember to go see Him in the House that has His name. A local "Bible Believing Church". Any place of worship not based on the "Written Word Of God" is just a place to fellowship and not a "Place of Worship"

God says:

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

There should be an assembling for worship:

Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

*****Our Text:

Exo 28:1 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.

Exo 28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

Exo 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Exo 28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Exo 28:5 And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen.

Exo 28:6 And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work.

Exo 28:7 It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together.

Aaron and his sons are the first "partnership" of priests in the Bible and Aaron’s son were priest only because they were in the family line.

What we will see is that Aaron and his sons are a "type" of the "spiritual priesthood" of all true believers in the New Testament, who are priests only because of Our Lord Jesus. Our True High Priest!

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Aaron the High Priest, in offering sacrifices was also a "type" of Christ who offered the "Ultimate Sacrifice". All other sacrifices were only a shadow to His sacrifice.

Aaron was also a "type" of Christ in his death. When Aaron’s time came to die, God told Moses to bring Aaron and Eleazar to Mount Hor.

Num 20:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying,

Num 20:24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.

Num 20:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:

Num 20:26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

Num 20:27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.

Num 20:28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

Aaron died there and God concealed the record of his burial. By Aaron’s going up the Mount and not returning it becomes a "type" of the ascension of Jesus Christ.

Eleazar returned in his place, wearing the high priestly garments. In "type" this represents the "Second Coming" of Our Lord.

While Aaron was living it was Eleazar who was chief over the tribe of the Levites.

Num 3:32 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.

It was Eleazar that was over "Oil" for the Lampstand, the "Incense", the "Anointing Oil, and the "Tabernacle" itself.

Num 4:16 And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest pertaineth the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, and the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein is, in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.

Aaron in "type" was as the ministry of Christ on this earth and Eleazar was a "type" of a Christ ministry in Heaven, throughout the Church Age until His Coming again.

Comparing scripture with scripture we can see that the Levites are a "type" of the Church:

Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

compare:

Num 1:48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,

Num 1:49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:

Num 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

Num 2:33 [But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel]; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Num 3:12 And I, [behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel] instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;

Num 3:13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: [mine shall they be: I am the LORD].

Num 3:41 [And thou shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD)] instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.

Num 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; [and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD].

And the Church:

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

*****I.) The Ephod: (28:4-7)

It is only in the "Ephod", the "Curious Girdle" of the Ephod and the "Breast Plate" that we find "Gold" woven into the fabric. We know the "Gold" represents in "type" of "Deity". Mixed with the blue, the scarlet, and the fine twined linen we have in "type" the "Royalty", the "Suffering" and the "Spotless Righteousness" of Jesus Christ Our Lord. (in that order)

The (2) shoulder pieces:

Two is the number for "fellowship" the "joining together" is the very purpose of the "Priesthood". Even at the name of "Levi" we get the meaning of "joined unto".

Gen 29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be [joined unto me], because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

Rachel had suffered from the want of a child but Leah had suffered for the WANT OF LOVE!

The "Levites" are in "type" the Church, as the Church seeks to be "joined unto" Our Lord Jesus.

The 2 piece Ephod being "joined together" at the "shoulders" is in "type" the role of Christ Jesus, our "Eternal High Priest" joining man to God. The "Shoulders" represent the "Sustaining Power of God"

*****II.) The Curious Girdle:

Exo 28:8 And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

Lev 8:7 And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and [he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith].

The binding of the "Curious Girdle" indicated the High Priest was ready for his service.

In "type" we can know that Our Own High Priest is willing to and ready to meet our every need and that His "strength" will never fail.

*****III.) The (2) stones:

Exo 28:9 And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel:

Exo 28:10 Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.

Exo 28:11 With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold.

Exo 28:12 [And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial].

Also on the "Shoulders" were these (2) stones and the High Priest bore the names engraved on those (2) stones.

This represents that "those written in the Lamb’s Book of Life" will always be carried with Our Own Great High Priest and it is He that "Sustains" us.

*****IV.) The Breast Plate of Judgment:

Exo 28:15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.

Exo 28:16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.

Exo 28:17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.

Exo 28:18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

Exo 28:19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

Exo 28:20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.

Exo 28:21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

The "Breastplate" is the most costly of all the garments. God is a God of order and this is the first of the "garments mentioned".

Exo 28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make; [a breastplate], and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Though each stone may have a significance there is not time in this study to get into that. What we can readily see is that each name is recorded twice.

1.) Once on the Onyx stone:

Exodus 28:9

2.) Once on the stones of the Breastplate.

Exodus 28:21

This can certainly mean that God will never forget the names of "His Children".

Isa 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

Isa 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

The Apostle John also saw these names on the gates of New Jerusalem:

Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Rev 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

This "breastplate" was securely fastened with (4) golden chains. (2) to the shoulder pieces and (2) to the curious girdle.

Jesus Christ will always hide the names of God’s Children on His heart!

The "union with Christ" (2) is a major theme in the Tabernacle study.

*****Our Text:

Exo 28:30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

The "Urim" and the "Thummim" are defined as "lights" and "perfections".

In other words it is the job of the High Priests to shed "light" on the "complete truth", The Perfect Word Of God!

The "Urim" and the "Thummim" were a combination that represent God’s Perfect Balance in "Grace", "Mercy", "Judgment" and "Wrath"!

1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, [that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all].

Deu 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

All the perfections of God are seen in Jesus Christ:

Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? [he that hath seen me hath seen the Father]; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

The "Urim" and the "Thummim" are only a foreshadow of Jesus Christ!

*****Our Text:

Exo 28:31 And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.

Exo 28:32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.

Exo 28:33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:

Exo 28:34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.

Exo 28:35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

The Hebrew word for "robe" used here is "meheel". It is uses 28 times in the Bible.

1.) 19 times robe or robes.

2.) 7 times as mantle.

3.) 1 time cloak.

4.) 1 time coat.

There should be little doubt that this was the upper or outer garment,

This "Robe of Blue" points to Our Heavenly Prince, the soon coming KING of Kings.

It was a woven work and probably seamless.

Joh 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: [now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout].

Exo 39:22 And he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue.

Exo 39:23 And there was an hole in the midst of the robe, as the hole of an habergeon, with a band round about the hole, that it should not rend.

A special feature of this Robe was that it had a full circle of Golden Bells and Pomegranates(of blue, of purple, and of scarlet).

We have the symbolism of the colors:

Blue = Heavenly

Purple = Royalty

Scarlet = Suffering

But also Our Lord’s "Fruitfulness" on this Earth.

These "Bells" were meant to be heard when the High Priests was in and out of the Holy Place.

God tells us that those that believe will know the joyful sound of Our Lord:

Psa 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

We should also know the glad tidings of the Word of God:

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, [How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things]!

Rom 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? [Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world].

*****Our text:

Exo 28:36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

Exo 28:37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be.

Exo 28:38 And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

Exo 28:39 And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.

Verse 38 tells us that the "Most Holy Things" that man can do are still corrupted and stained with "Sin".

It is only our High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ who "MUST" bear the iniquity of all "Holy Things"!

That "plate of Gold" on Aaron’s forehead is symbolic of Jesus Christ bearing us, even though we can pray and offer up gifts to God. Anything we offer God are acceptable only by virtue of the "Shed Blood Of Jesus"!

Heb 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Jesus offers up a "Warning" for those that try to get to the "Wedding Supper" of the "Bride" by any other means.

Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

It is Our Lord that has chosen the "Wedding Garments"!

Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

God speaks of Abraham

Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Rom 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Rom 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

These garments of the High Priest should tell us that only through the "Righteousness of Jesus" (Our Garment) can we be admitted to the Marriage Supper Of The Lamb!

Paul goes on to say our garment must be Jesus Christ:

Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

We know that Adam and Eve tried to make their own garments with the fig leaves but the correct garment had to come through the "Blood" of an "Innocent Lamb".

God’s Lamb is Himself!

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, [God will provide himself a lamb] for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

*****Our Text:

Exo 28:39 And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.

Exo 39:27 And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons,

Exo 39:28 And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen,

Exo 39:29 And a girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of needlework; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Though the coats that were worn by Aaron and his sons were identical, Aaron wore the "Mitre" while his sons wore "Bonnets".

Both of these are "symbols" of the "Reverence" of God.

*****Our text:

Exo 28:42 And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:

Exo 28:43 And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him.

We can see that they all wore the linen britches.

The wearing of under garments were not done in these days. This linen britches served the priests as this function. This shows us that we all should dress appropriately, and reverence the House of God for every child of God is a priest.

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

*****Our Text:

Exodus 29:1-37

*****The Washing:

Exo 29:4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.

There can be little doubt that this in "type" is referring to the newly "Born Again" child of God:

Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, [by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost];

Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Moses was God’s man so he had to do the washing.

We also see Our Lord Jesus:

Joh 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

*****The Anointing:

Lev 8:10 And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.

Lev 8:11 And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them.

Lev 8:12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

The Tabernacle and everything that was in it, were anointed with "Oil" (our Holy Ghost) and all the vessels were "Sanctified"(set apart for sacred service).

Only the "Altar" was sprinkled in addition to the anointing. (The Altar is in "type" the "Cross")

It is believed that only Aaron was anointed with oil and then this anointing was counted for his sons and those that followed.

When Our High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ was anointed then that anointing was counted for everyone that believes on Him for their "Salvation".

*****The Sin Offering:

Exo 29:10 And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock.

Exo 29:11 And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Exo 29:12 And thou shalt take of the blood of the bullock, and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger, and pour all the blood beside the bottom of the altar.

Exo 29:13 And thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul that is above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and burn them upon the altar.

Exo 29:14 But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering.

Israel had no High Priest until Aaron was anointed by Moses. Moses had performed all official duties up until this point.

*****The laying on of hands:

This was a ceremonial act that represented the transferring of "Sin" to "innocent" victim. Immediately after the transfer then the bullock was killed and the "Blood was applied to the Altar". To the Altar, the Horns and what remained was poured on the ground at the bottom of the Altar.

Why?

Verse 21, "he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him"

(Set aside for the sacred use of God!)

The "Sin Offering", was not a sweet savor unto the Lord and was to be burnt with fire outside the Tabernacle and the camp.

Our Lord Jesus was led to the Hill called Golgotha:

Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Joh 19:18 Where they crucified him,

Heb 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

*****The Burnt offering:

Exo 29:15 Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.

Exo 29:16 And thou shalt slay the ram, and thou shalt take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar.

Exo 29:17 And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces, and wash the inwards of him, and his legs, and put them unto his pieces, and unto his head.

Exo 29:18 And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The "Burnt" signified God’s acceptance in anticipation of the "SHED" Blood of Jesus.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Before we go any further let’s point out the difference between the "Shed Blood" and as some say the "Spilt Blood"

1.) To "shed" is an intentional act.

2.) To spill though it could be intentional, is most times by accident.

Jesus Christ intentionally died on the Cross and He intentionally "Shed" His Blood! It was no accident!

The "washing" of the inwards symbolizes the inner being, the nature, the affections, the attitudes.

The "washing" of the legs symbolizes our walk in this life.

The Bible says after we are redeemed we too need a washing:

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Eph 5:26 That [he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word],

TO SAY WE HAVE FAITH WITHOUT SEEING THE FRUIT OF IT IS A FALSE CLAIM!

Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

All dead faith will be fruitless!

*****The "Ram of Consecration":

Exodus 29:19-28

Moses would kill this ram only after Aaron and his sons had identified themselves with the ram by laying their hands upon it’s head.

Moses then killed the ram and took the blood and put it on:

1.) The tip of Aaron’s right ear = his dedication to the Word of God

2.) The thumb of Aaron’s right hand = his service to God

3.) The big toe of Aaron’s right foot = his walk with God

4.)Moses did the same to each of Aaron’s sons.

We are washed in the blood of Jesus:

Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works [to serve the living God]?

Moses then sprinkled the blood upon the Altar "round about" which means on "every side"

There were "seven" parts of this "Consecration Lamb" that were to be burnt on that Altar together with unleavened bread and an unleavened cake tempered with oil and an unleavened wafer anointed with oil.

Lev 8:25 And he took the fat, and the rump, and all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and the right shoulder:

Lev 8:26 And out of the basket of unleavened bread, that was before the LORD, he took one unleavened cake, and a cake of oiled bread, and one wafer, and put them on the fat, and upon the right shoulder:

Lev 8:27 And he put all upon Aaron’s hands, and upon his sons’ hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the LORD.

Lev 8:28 And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt offering: they were consecrations for a sweet savour: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

1.) The Unleavened "Bread" = "Freedom from Sin" (Especially that of Jesus)

2.) The Unleavened "Cakes tempered with oil" = Speak of Our Lord Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit even before His birth at Bethlehem.

3.) The Unleavened "Wafers anointed with oil" = This special "anointing" by the Holy Spirit gave to us in "Type" Our Lord’s power to fulfill the work assigned by the Father in every minute detail.

Moses then took of the "anointing" oil ("Holy Spirit") and the "Blood" from the Altar ("Blood of Calvary") and sprinkled it upon Aaron and his sons.

Lev 8:30 And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons’ garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.

Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Aaron and his sons then boiled the the remaining flesh of the "Consecration Ram" and ate it with the bread from the basket "at the door of the Tabernacle".

All these ceremonies were to be completed and repeated for "seven days". Seven the number of "perfection".

In "type" this shows that it is imperative for the "believer" to abide in Christ Jesus "always"! That we die not!

Lev 8:35 Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, [that ye die not]: for so I am commanded.

Aaron performed his first priestly duties on the (8th) day, (his new beginning) but he still had to sacrifice another calf before he could begin.

But Our Lord:

Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Heb 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

And Our Lord Jesus will never have to sacrifice Himself ever again:

Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Heb 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

The believer knows certain things:

1.) We are "formed" by Our Lord:

Psa 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psa 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

2.) We are "purchased" by Our Lord:

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

3.) We are "cleansed" by Our Lord:

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

4.) We are "redeemed" by Our Lord:

Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

5.) We are then "endowed" with the Holy Spirit for safe keeping:

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

How can we ever deny Him?

*****Our text:

Exodus Chapter 30

The Incense Alter:

Exo 30:1 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.

Exo 30:2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same.

Exo 30:3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about.

Exo 30:4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal.

Exo 30:5 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.

Exo 30:6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.

Exo 30:7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.

Exo 30:8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.

Exo 30:9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.

Exo 30:10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.

We must notice the order in which God teaches us these things. God instructed Moses on the "Consecration" of the Priest before He introduced this Golden Altar.

In "Type" this Altar represent Our Lord Jesus as our "Mediator"!

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Aaron and the Brazen Altar are "types" of Christ in His sacrificial role at Mount Calvary but this Golden Altar stood squarely in front of the ‘Mercy Seat" depicting Christ Jesus interceding at God’s right hand for all believers.

1.) We still have the "incorruptible wood" the humanity of Jesus.

2.) We still have the "Golden deity" the One True God.

3.) We still have the "One" cubit the "One" being the need for unity with human relationships.

4.) We have "two" cubits high pointing to the "union and fellowship with Our Lord Jesus.

We must remember if our "vertical" relationship with Christ is not as it should be then our "horizontal" relationships with our families and all other will also suffer.

Mat 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Our "prayers" will go unheard and be fruitless because of faulty human relationships!

*****The Horns and the Crown:

Those "Horns" still symbolize power! On the Brazen Altar it is the "Power of the Blood" but here on the Golden Altar they represent the "Power of Prayer".

A "Horn" on each corner means the the "power of Prayer" is available to every believer in the "same strength". We hinder that power by our own actions.

Psa 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

These "horns" do symbolize the "power of prayer" but they do not magnify the power of prayer.

The "incense" represents our prayers but until incense is burnt on the Golden Altar which represents Our Advocate with the Father, can we have no "Power in our Prayer life"

1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

It is only in Jesus that our prayers have power!

If a "prayer" is not prayed in the "Name of Jesus", that name above all other names, it will not be answered. We must pray under His Authority, under His Glory.

Jesus Christ is our "legal Advocate" just as He is "Our Savior"!

*****The Golden Crown on this Altar, which is not present on the Brazen Alter, is the "Divine Authority" that backs this altar. This Golden Crown is in "type" the Victory Our Savior had at the Cross!

1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

*****This Golden Altar stood just outside the "Veil" of the "Holy of Holies". It was squarely in front of the "Mercy Seat". Christ Jesus opened for us a "new and living way" through Himself because that "Veil" is fore ever gone to the believer, but we still have to pass by this Golden Altar before we can go through that "Door", that "Door" being Jesus.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

But we must go "Humbly" no matter what others teach.

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

We cannot be lifted up any other way.

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

We cannot be exalted when the time comes in any other way.

Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

God will allow us to approach His Throne without any kind of appointment but only if we come through the "Door of Jesus" HUMBLY!

Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of the Levitcal priesthood!

1.) We cannot bypass the Cross.

2.) We cannot bypass the Washing by His Word.

3.) We cannot fore-go the Living Bread.

4.)But Most Important of All, we have to have Jesus Christ as Our Intercessor!

Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

*****This Golden Altar was intended for "Sweet Incense" if our prayers are not seasoned with "love, devotion, and worship then we are offering "strange incense"!

Joh 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Aaron was to burn sweet incense upon this Altar every morning and every evening so once a day was not enough.

In order for a sinner to be saved a prayer of faith had to be prayed. This person is then Born Again into a new life. That prayer was then was the breath that gave "New Life".

Prayer then is the Christian Believer’s vital breadth. Our bodies cannot survive without breathing and our spirit cannot survive without prayer.

Paul said:

1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

*****The Anointing Oil

Exo 30:22 Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Exo 30:23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,

Exo 30:24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin:

Exo 30:25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

Exo 30:26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,

Exo 30:27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,

Exo 30:28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.

Exo 30:29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.

Exo 30:30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Exo 30:31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.

Exo 30:32 Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.

Exo 30:33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.

We already know that "Oil" symbolizes the Holy Spirit. We have seen that all the Vessels, the Furniture and the Tabernacle itself have been anointed with "Oil".

Everyone of these objects represent certain aspects of Jesus Christ, His Ministry, and the Church.

Isa 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Isa 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

We can see this totally symbolized in the Golden Lampstand.

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

As a Lampstand it would be the Oil that flowed. The Lamp could not burn without the "Oil".

All this points to the "Work" of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Oil cannot be poured on anything that man chooses but only on the things that God has chosen.

Exo 30:32 Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.

Even the sweet spices for the incense was reserved for the Tabernacle.

What God sets apart for His use is Holy, Sanctified, and Reverent.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Let’s Pray!

The Design Of The Tabernacle Comes From God (Part One)

The Design Of The Tabernacle Comes From God
(Part One)

Our Text:

Exodus Chapters 25-27

The Theme of this lesson is simple and is given by God Himself, as God told Moses:

Exo 25:8  And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
Exo 25:9  According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

The study of the Tabernacle will open our eyes to Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. If we seek wisdom in a word picture of God’s Word there is no better place to start than with the Tabernacle.

What is "wisdom"?

Wisdom is an action we can only take after we have been filled with knowledge.

If a man does not know Our Lord then they are not very wise:

Pro 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Pro 9:11  For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

We can even live longer knowing the things of God!

We can gain much knowledge of Jesus and His Ministry by understanding the design and use of the Tabernacle.

The story of the Tabernacle represents Our Creator, Our Lord and Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Every piece of furniture, every feature and every service in the Tabernacle teaches us something about Jesus Christ and His Church and His Ministry here on this earth.

It was in the forty days Moses spent with God that gave him the exact detail in every way of His Tabernacle.

To compare, God used just two chapters in Genesis to tell us of His creation but God will use 50 chapters in His Holy Word to teach us of His Tabernacle. When we skip over these scriptures or think they are boring then we have missed a very important part of God’s teaching and the purpose of Jesus Christ.

The Tabernacle was real important to God!

BUT: God has one rule for His Word for us all:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

The key word in this passage is the word "ALL"!

We as believers cannot neglect any portion of God’s Word without suffering loss.

This includes the Old Testament:

Rom 15:4  [For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning], that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The Tabernacle has at least three meanings in "Typology":

1.) The Tabernacle is a ‘Type" of God’s Heavenly dwelling.

Paul wrote of the Tabernacle sacrifices:

Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that [the patterns] of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

In other words we have in the ministry of the Tabernacle a "pattern" or a "shadow" of the things of Heaven.

2.) The Tabernacle is a "Type" of Jesus Christ.

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Heb 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Heb 10:8  Above when he said, [Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.]

3.) The Tabernacle is a ‘Type" of Christ in His Church.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, [Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them], and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

What did God says in Exodus 25:8 "make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.

We should be overwhelmed with joy knowing Our Saviour, Our God wants to live with us!

SO:

The "Key" to unlocking the understanding of the Tabernacle, is Jesus Christ.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

That word "dwelt" comes from a Greek word that means "to tent or to tabernacle with us".

We know that the "Lamb" "Our Lord" was ordained before the foundation of the world:

The Bible says:

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20  [Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world], but was manifest in these last times for you,

If Christ existed before the Tabernacle and He did, it can be said the the Tabernacle was then designed to show us God’s, Christ Child, God’s Lamb whose name is Jesus!

We read these words especially around Christmas:

Luk 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luk 2:21  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

So Christ was born, lived, and died, in exact accord with God’s prophetic plan given to us from the Old Testament.

*****Our Text:

Exo 25:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Exo 25:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.
Exo 25:3  And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,
Exo 25:4  And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair,
Exo 25:5  And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood,
Exo 25:6  Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
Exo 25:7  Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.
Exo 25:8  And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
Exo 25:9  According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

Before God brought Israel out of Egypt, He provided through the Egyptians, more than enough material for building the Tabernacle.

God had told Abraham:

Gen 15:13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

God had told Moses:

Exo 3:21  And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:
Exo 3:22  But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

What did Israel do?

Exo 12:35  And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:
Exo 12:36  And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

You see Jehovah God knows everything that will happen in the future and makes things available for His plan to work just as He designed. We know God told Abraham about this over four hundred years before it took place.

God owns this world we live in and everything in it. Even we His believing children are not our own owner:

1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

We are only stewards of what God has placed in our care!

God used this material to teach, just as He uses everything that comes across our life to teach us. God will now teach Israel the art of "giving" and "giving willingly".

Remember these lessons are more for God’s Church than they were for Israel in this time of Moses.

We know that this as taught by the Apostle Paul and was acted on by the Church:

2Co 8:1  Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2Co 8:2  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

The gift of "Giving" is a gift that the Holy Spirit places in the believer:

Rom 12:6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Rom 12:7  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
Rom 12:8  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: [he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity]; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

We see that these children of Israel, having that same joy at this time, willingly brought more than enough:

Exo 36:3  And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning.
Exo 36:4  And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;
Exo 36:5  And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.

For a proper study of the Tabernacle there are some keys to remember:

The Materials and colors:

1.) Gold————–Represents the "deity and glory" of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2.) Silver————-Represents the "Atonement"

Exo 30:14  Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.
Exo 30:15  The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.
Exo 30:16  And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

3.) Brass————Represents "Judgment"

Deu 28:23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
Deu 28:24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

4.) Blue————-Represents "The Heavenly One"

5.) Purple———–Represents "The Royal One"

6.) Scarlet———–Represents "The Suffering Servant" (Atoning Blood)

7.) Fine Linen——-Represents The "Righteousness" of the Saints.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

8.) Goats Hair——Represents:

A.) The "Fatal Sin" of man.

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Rom 5:13  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

B.) Plus the "Sin Offering". (Remember The Scape Goat and the Slain Goat)

Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

9.) Ram’s Skins dyed red—–Represents "Consecration" (obedient unto death)

10.) Badgers Skins————Represents "The Unlimited protection in Jesus Christ"

11.) The Shittim Wood——–Represents "The Incorruptible Humanity of Jesus Christ"

Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

12.) The Oil——————-Represents "The Holy Spirit" The Spirit of Christ Jesus.

1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

13.) Sweet Spices————-Represent "The Beautiful Fragrant Life Of The Believer"

Exo 30:34  And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight:
Exo 30:35  And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:
Exo 30:36  And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.

Nothing will be sweeter than the day we meet Our Lord!

14.) The Veil—————-Represents "Through the Flesh of Jesus"

Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

**********There is also "Symbolism" attached to the "numbers" and "measurements" used in the construction of the Tabernacle:

One———-Unity
Two———-Fellowship, Union with Christ, Any Two are a Witness.
Three———The Holy Trinity, The Triune Godhead
Four———-The Earth (The four winds, the four corners of)
Five———–"Grace"
Six————Man, Human weakness, Short of perfection (Rom 3:23)
Seven———"Perfection"
Eight———A New Beginning
Nine———-Spiritual Fruit (Galatians 5:23-25)
Ten———–Responsibility on Earth; "Completeness"
Eleven——–Human Failure; Confusion; Judgment
Twelve——-The Number For Human Government (Twelve tribes. twelve Apostles)
Forty———"Testing" Probation (Jonah 3:4; Luke 4:2)
Fifty———-The Year of the Jubilee

*****The Measurements:

1 and 1/2 cubits = Three (The Trinity)

2 and 1/2 cubits = Five (Grace)

*****Other things:

baking, beating, bruising, burning, crushing, piercing, roasting = The Suffering of Christ Our Lord

Exo 39:3  And [they did beat the gold] into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.

Exo 12:9  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, [but roast with fire]; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. (The "Roasted Lamb")

God will begin the construction of the Tabernacle with the making of the furniture and the first piece was the "Ark".

*****Our Text:

Exo 25:10  And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
Exo 25:11  And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.
Exo 25:12  And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.
Exo 25:13  And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.
Exo 25:14  And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.
Exo 25:15  The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.
Exo 25:16  And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

(Also Exodus 37:1-5)

The Ark was made of "Shittim Wood". This wood is sometimes referred to as "Iron Wood". It comes from the acacia family of trees. Even though the average height of this tree is only about 25 feet it is a valuable tree. This hard wood is resistant enough to heat and decay that it is said to be indestructible.

This is why this wood is a "type" of Christ Jesus:

Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me

Act 13:35  Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 

The Ark was overlaid with "Gold" within and without. This is to remind us thar Christ Jesus retained His full "deity" in His union with His humanity. Throughout the Tabernacle, the wood is a "type of Christ and the gold is a "type" of His deity.

Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Jesus Christ was God in the flesh!

Jesus Christ needed to be totally God and totally Man in One Body for His work on this earth!

The "Ark" emphasizes the "Person" of Jesus and we will see that the "Mercy Seat" will emphasize His "Purpose".

The Atonement was equally on His "Godhood" and on His "Manhood".

Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

The "Crown of God" upon the "Ark" foreshadows the "Man" Christ Jesus as King and King of Kings.

Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

What do the dimensions of the "Ark" reveal?

Length 2 and 1/2 cubits = five and five = "Grace"

Breadth and Height 1 and 1/2 cubits = three and three = "The Trinity"

Vertical girth 4 times 1 and 1/2 = 6 and 6 = "the Number of Man"

Horizontal girth 2 times 2 and 1/2 plus 2 times 1 and 1/2 = 5+3 = 8 which = "The New Beginning"

The Bible plainly teaches that the "Trinity" by "Grace" offers "Man" a "New Beginning"!

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

This "Ark" was to be carried in high respect and reverence:

1Ch 15:15  And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.

*****What was supposed to go into this "Ark"?

1.) The Tablets of Stone, (The Testimony) The Ten Commandments:

God’s Law was kept only by Jesus Christ. All others have kept the broken Laws.

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Only in Christ Jesus can we be pardoned, cleansed, and safely covered by the Mercy Seat that was sprinkled with the innocent "Blood".

2.) The Golden Pot of Manna is a "type" of Jesus Christ as the "Bread of Life":

Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Joh 6:34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

3.) Aaron’s Rod: This depicts a "type" of the "Resurrection of Jesus Christ":

Life that came from death, Christ "Our Mediator" rose from the dead. Our Life is in Him because it is He that is Life.

Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: [because I live, ye shall live also].

Our safety is not in the "Ark" but our safety is in He that "Sits on the Ark"!

*****Our Text:

Exo 25:17  And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
Exo 25:18  And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
Exo 25:19  And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
Exo 25:20  And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
Exo 25:21  And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
Exo 25:22  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

As the "Ark" emphasized the "Person" of Christ, the "Mercy Seat" will emphasize the "Purpose of Christ". The "Mercy Seat" was a plate of pure gold, no wood. Only the "Deity" can offer saving mercy!

Only the blood of the "Sinless Lamb of God" could be used to save mankind.

Heb 10:4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

God met with Moses on the "Mercy Seat":(Verse 22)

Num 7:89  And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.

This "Mercy Seat" is then a "type" of Jesus Christ.

Psa 85:10  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Christ our "Mercy Seat" is a place of rest for our sin-sick soul.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: [and ye shall find rest unto your souls].

It is only in Jesus Christ where God rest His lawful case against us:

Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Only through "His Blood" sprinkled "Mercy Seat" can there be "Atonement for the Soul"

Exo 12:13  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and [when I see the blood, I will pass over you], and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

The "Mercy Seat" has the same dimensions as the Ark which is Our New Beginning.

The Length plus the Breadth (2 1/2 + 1 1/2) = 4. Four being the number of the earth shows that there will even be a "New Earth" when Jesus returns:

Isa 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

We must not forget we cannot use "types" to establish Doctrine, but we can use "types" to illustrate Doctrine that is already established by the Scriptures!

Because the thickness of the "Mercy Seat is not stated we can say that the dimensions are boundless, infinite. This is the truth of God’s "Grace" and His Mercy"!

However the "Mercy Seat" is exactly the same width and length of the Ark so there is only enough of God’s "Mercy and Grace" to cover only those that "Believe".

There is coming a day when God will show His "Wrath" without "Mercy"!

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

The golden crown upon the Ark proclaimed Jesus as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords", His Deity and His Humanity inseparable. This "Mercy Seat" fits down right inside that golden crown and is secured in place by it.

This "Rightful Position" is forever secure, regardless of those that do not believe or any demonic force.

1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1Jn 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

There is no other:

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Php 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

*****The Cherubim:

The Bible teaches us that the "Angels" are ministering spirits:

Heb 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

We know also that "Angels" can take on the form of man when needed for man’s benefit.

The "Cherubim" are the "Guardians of God’s Holiness’!

Over the Mercy Seat there were two Cherubim beaten out of One piece of Gold:

In "type" the "One Piece" gives recognition of Christ as the "Creator":

Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (The One)

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (The One by Him and for Him)

Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and [they who are sanctified are all of one]: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

No doubt it took a special skill to do this from one piece of Gold:

Exo 31:2  See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
Exo 31:3  And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Exo 31:4  To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
Exo 31:5  And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
Exo 31:6  And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

Exo 35:30  And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
Exo 35:31  And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
Exo 35:32  And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

Is there anything to hard for God?

"Beating" denotes suffering. If the angels can rejoice when a sinner repents then they probably suffer grief when a soul goes astray. Remember they base their joy on the "One" that sits on the throne. We know He can be grieved.

Luk 15:7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Mat 18:10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven [their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven].

These "Cherubim" focus steadily on the "Shekinah Glory" which shows their interest in the Plan of God. They want God to be happy!

1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; [which things the angels desire to look into].

In this we can see that God is teaching the angels by the Church. How can we fail Him as we do?

Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Eph 3:11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Oh What a Saviour!

*****The Shekinah Glory:

Even though the word "Shekinah" is not found in the Bible it is the name given to the manifestation of God’s presence.

The Shekinah Glory is that flame of Glory, enclosed in a cloud for man’s protection.

Lev 16:2  And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, [which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat].

What we know from God’s Word is that the Shekinah Glory of God left the Mercy Seat for good in the time of Ezekiel:

Eze 8:1  And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.
Eze 8:2  Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.
Eze 8:3  And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
Eze 8:4  And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
Eze 8:5  Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
Eze 8:6  He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

The Shekinah Glory of God began departing from apostate Israel:

1.) It left the Mercy Seat and stood over the threshold of the Temple:

Eze 10:4  Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory.

2.) It left the threshold and hovered over Jerusalem:

Eze 10:18  Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.
Eze 10:19  And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

Eze 11:23  And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.

3.) It went up from the midst of the Jerusalem and stood on the Mount of Olives;

Eze 11:23  And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.

4.) After this we do not read of the Shekinah Glory of the Lord except through the prophets until Jesus is born:

Luk 2:9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

5.) For 33 years the "Glory" of the Lord shined inside of Jesus here on this earth:

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

6.) Just once on the "Mount of Transfiguration", Our Lord let it shine through;

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Mar 9:3  And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

Luk 9:29  And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

7.) Forty days after Jesus was risen from the dead, He again went to the Mount of Olives, where he ascended again from the same Mount from which Ezekiel had seen the "Glory" of God 600 hundred years earlier.

Luk 24:50  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
Luk 24:51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

8.) Ten days later the "Glory of the Lord" reappeared in the form of "cloven tongues like as of fire"

Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Today the "Glory of God indwells His Church, awaiting the Rapture, to ascend once more into Heaven.

It is a shame there are some that make God’s Glory nothing more than some imaginary angelic language.

*****Our Text:

Exo 25:23  Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
Exo 25:24  And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about.
Exo 25:25  And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about.
Exo 25:26  And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof.
Exo 25:27  Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table.
Exo 25:28  And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them.
Exo 25:29  And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them.
Exo 25:30  And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.

I.) The Table for the "Shewbread":

The table made of wood, represents Jesus Christ in the flesh. Being overlaid with Gold tells us of His pure deity.

"He became fully Man to be made "The Living Bread" for all of us and he retained His deity that he might be "Our Eternal Life".

Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

The Table was 1 cubit wide = (unity)

The Table was 2 cubits long = (fellowship, union with Christ, and the 2 cubits would also = (The Trinity)

This table reminds is of the Lord’s Table:

To the Church:

1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

True fellowship then depends on "unity" with Christ and all fellowship with Christ Jesus involves the "Holy Trinity".

As the priests of the Tabernacle had fellowship at this table, The Church can have fellowship with Our Own High Priests, Jesus Christ!

Heb 8:1  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Heb 8:2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

There was a border all the way around this table that was also crowned with gold. This is the only place in the construction of the Tabernacle that a measurement call a "handbreadth" is used.

This border enclosed 12 loaves of the ”Shewbread". These 12 loaves represented the 12 tribes of Israel. This "handbreath" then reminds us of the protecting "Hand" of Our Lord. The crown of God is the symbol of His authority and His "power" to protect His Own:

Isa 49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Isa 49:16  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

II.) The "Shewbread":

The "Recipe"

Lev 24:5  And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.
Lev 24:6  And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD.
Lev 24:7  And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Lev 24:8  Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
Lev 24:9  And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.

1.) The "fine flour".

This speaks of uniform perfection. The pure life of Christ. Man was not saved just by the Pure Life of Christ but by His "Atoning" death.

2.) "Baking"  tells us of His suffering and His death.

3.) Christ "Crucified" then is the "True Bread" from Heaven.

Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

4.) "Cakes" :

A cake in the days of this Tabernacle was punctured.

The body of Jesus Christ was punctured in "five"  places on the cross. Five = Grace.

5.) The "Shewbread" was "Hallowed Bread’:

1Sa 21:6  So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

This bread was intended for the priests:

Mat 12:3  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
Mat 12:4  How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

Now the true disciples of Jesus Christ are "The Holy Priesthood":

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

All "born again" Christians have access to the "True Bread" from Heaven!

III.) The "Lampstand":

*****Our Text:

Exo 25:31  And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
Exo 25:32  And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:
Exo 25:33  Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
Exo 25:34  And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers.
Exo 25:35  And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.
Exo 25:36  Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.
Exo 25:37  And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.
Exo 25:38  And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold.
Exo 25:39  Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels.
Exo 25:40  And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.

The "Lampstand" is not a candlestick but it is a lamp that uses "Oil".

There are no dimensions given for the "Lampstand" and it was made of "Gold". This speaks of the fact that Christ Jesus has no boundaries nor limitations.

The "talent of Gold" speaks of the enormous price Jesus paid for our redemption.

This "lampstand" was hammered out of "one" piece of Gold that at today’s rate would be worth about a million dollars not considering the skill to produce such a treasure.

The "Three Sets"

Represent three stages of maturity:

a.) buds
b.) blossoms
c.) mature almonds

This speaks of perpetual fruitfulness, which can come only through Jesus Christ

John said:

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Rev 1:19  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

This seven-branched "Lampstand" was supported by "One Central Stem"

Seven speaks of "perfection"

There were six branches which is the "number of man"

Man always comes up short of perfection!

Jesus said in His Words:

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Inside the Tabernacle there were no windows, no natural light, nor any other lamp. This was the only light.

Jesus Christ is the true light:

Joh 1:9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Joh 9:5  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Since Christ Jesus ascended back to Heaven, it is the Church that is suppose to be the "Light" until the Rapture:

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Jesus said that that His Church(His Saints), though persecuted and many martyrd would never perish:

Luk 21:18  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

To be continued in next lesson.

God Directs The Design Of The Tabernacle (Part Two)

God Directs The Tabernacle Design (Part Two)

Chapters 26, 27

I.) The Curtains and the Coverings:

*****Our Text:

Exo 26:1  Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.
Exo 26:2  The length of one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and every one of the curtains shall have one measure.
Exo 26:3  The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and other five curtains shall be coupled one to another.
Exo 26:4  And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.
Exo 26:5  Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another.
Exo 26:6  And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle.

This is the only curtain “fine twined linen” that is given priority over the blue, purple and scarlet colors. In all other parts of the Tabernacle the colors are named first.

Linen is made of “flax” a product of the soil. This curtain symbolizes the righteousness of Christ in His Earthly Ministry.

This also speaks of the attire of the “Bride of Christ” whose fine twined linen is from above as they were attired in Heaven:

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

This curtain had the Cherubim, who are guardians of God’s Holiness on them:

Exo 36:8  And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them.

These “Cherubim” were a warning to all that entered that they were “standing on Holy Ground”.

We must believe that these numbers do have a meaning in the design of the Tabernacle:

1.) Fine twined linen from the earth = 4
2.) The width of each strip and it’s quality = 7
3.) (7 times 4 = 28)
4.) By “grace” are we saved! 5 coupled to 5 = “Grace upon Grace” = 10 the number of “completeness”.
5.) “50” loops of “blue”: 5 times 10 =50 which = “Grace Completed”.
6.) The 50th year was the Year of Jubilee.
a.) Debts were cancelled.
b.) Mortgages were released.
c.) Captives Were Set Free. Jesus did this for un on Mount Calvary (Complete Grace)

How did Jesus begin His Ministry?

Luk 4:17  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus quoted from the Old Testament

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, [and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn];

Jesus did not read about the “day of vengeance” because it has not yet come even in our day!

Jesus set us free on Mount Calvary, symbolized by the Year of Jubilee and by these curtains!

God’s “redemptive” Grace the righteousness represented by the fine twined linen is imputed to those that believe by “faith”, then God’s “enabling” Grace imparts the to the believer the divine Nature of Christ by “a born again experience”. “Righteousness” coupled together with “faith” and the “Cross”
creates “One Tabernacle” where “God will Dwell”!

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

II.) The Goats Hair Curtain:

*****Exo 26:7  And thou shalt make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make.
Exo 26:8  The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure.
Exo 26:9  And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle.
Exo 26:10  And thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second.
Exo 26:11  And thou shalt make fifty taches of brass, and put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one.
Exo 26:12  And the remnant that remaineth of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle.
Exo 26:13  And a cubit on the one side, and a cubit on the other side of that which remaineth in the length of the curtains of the tent, it shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and on that side, to cover it.

A.) The “goats hair” is first a “Type” of Sin, human failure and confusion.

It only took “one sin” from Adam to ruin God’s Creation.

11 is then the correct number and goats hair is the correct material.

Rebekah used goats hair to deceive Isaac.

In the judgment of the nations:

Mat 25:31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Goats then represent human failure!

6 is the number of man, these six curtains coupled to themselves then emphasize the “fallen nature of Man”.

A sixth curtain was doubled. This should remind us that though our sins be forgiven, we are still in this flesh!

Psa 51:3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

We need constant “Grace” to live in victory!

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This Goats hair curtain is called a “tent”:

Our earthly bodies are our temporary home until we receive our glorified body:

Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

The death of our flesh reminds us that these bodies of flesh are not redeemed when we are saved.

B.) The Goats Hair Curtain is also a “Type of Christ” as our sin offering:

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

The “scapegoat” made an atonement for Israel:

Lev 16:10  But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR CONTINUING IN KNOWN SIN!

50 Brass taches:

As the 50 taches of “Brass” coupled the tent together, that it may be “One” so The Cross is in “type” the 50th year and couples the redeemed (6) to the redeemer (5) that they become “One”.

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

III.) The Covering of Ram’s Skins Dyed Red:

Exo 26:14  And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers’ skins.

Rams were used for the consecration of the priests fro office:

1.) The Burnt offering:

Exo 29:15  Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.
Exo 29:16  And thou shalt slay the ram, and thou shalt take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar.
Exo 29:17  And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces, and wash the inwards of him, and his legs, and put them unto his pieces, and unto his head.
Exo 29:18  And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

2.) One for consecration:

Exo 29:19  And thou shalt take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.
Exo 29:20  Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.
Exo 29:21  And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.
Exo 29:22  Also thou shalt take of the ram the fat and the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and the right shoulder; for it is a ram of consecration:

Our Lord Jesus sanctified Himself to be our High Priest and also our Sacrifice at the same time:

Joh 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

No Human priest would be qualified to officiate the Sacrifice of Our Lord!

Heb 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Heb 7:28  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

Rams’ skins denote Christ Jesus, Our Suffering High Priest “consecrated for ever more”

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The Red dye in “type” the Blood of Jesus:

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

IV.) The top covering of “Badger Skins”:

Exo 26:14  And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, [and a covering above of badgers’ skins].

These skins were a tough durable leather that was non-porous, water repellent and weather resistant.

The Beauty on the inside of the Tabernacle was protected from the “World”:

They symbolized the torture, the ridicule, the shame and all the other things Jesus endured for Our Sakes.

Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

There are no dimensions given:

This covering was in “type” the boundless and immeasurable protection that all believers have in Christ Jesus.

The Lost man will never know the “Inner Beauty Of Jesus Christ”!

It is Christ Jesus that expresses that Beauty in His Bride:

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Son 5:16  His mouth is most sweet: yea, [he is altogether lovely]. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

V.) The Tabernacle Structure:

Exo 26:15  And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.
Exo 26:16  Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board.
Exo 26:17  Two tenons shall there be in one board, set in order one against another: thus shalt thou make for all the boards of the tabernacle.
Exo 26:18  And thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward.
Exo 26:19  And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.
Exo 26:20  And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards:
Exo 26:21  And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
Exo 26:22  And for the sides of the tabernacle westward thou shalt make six boards.
Exo 26:23  And two boards shalt thou make for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides.
Exo 26:24  And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled together above the head of it unto one ring: thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners.
Exo 26:25  And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
Exo 26:26  And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,
Exo 26:27  And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward.
Exo 26:28  And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end.
Exo 26:29  And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold.
Exo 26:30  And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.
Exo 26:31  And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:
Exo 26:32  And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.
Exo 26:33  And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
Exo 26:34  And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.
Exo 26:35  And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side.
Exo 26:36  And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.
Exo 26:37  And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.

1.) The Boards, Sockets, and Bars: (15-29)

The first step in making lumber is to cut down the tree which separates the tree from it’s roots and then to remove the branches. We can see the “type” even here.

To be transformed from sinners into saints, we must be separated from our carnal roots and striped of every branch that reaches out to this worldly system we live in.

We must fall like that timber but at the feet of Jesus and submit to “Spiritual” surgery!

Eze 36:25  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

In “type” the Tabernacle represents Jesus Christ and His Church on this Earth. That being so then these boards must be in “type” the members of His body.

Every board was 10 cubits long: 10 = (Responsible, Completed)

Every board was 1 and 1/2 cubits wide: 3 = (The Holy Trinity)

That “completeness” was not in man but in Jesus Christ.

Man by himself can only be filthy rags:

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

If we try to compare any goodness we think we have to others we see as not so good then we are not very wise:

2Co 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Perfection can only come through Christ Jesus:

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

When the Tabernacle boards are (encased in Gold) they represent the members of Christ “Body”.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

The standard being Christ then every board is exactly the same (10 cubits high)

Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Apart from Jesus Christ none of us are complete:

Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

In Christ “man” is no longer known “after the flesh”:

2Co 5:16  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

In Christ “we” become “partakers of His divine nature”:

2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

God sees those that believe as “Complete in Christ”:

Col 2:10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12  [Buried with him in baptism], wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

God sees us a perfect when we are in His “Will”:

Col 4:12  Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, [that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God].

Now there were 48 boards in all but that number is not found. It is said 20 boards on each side which = 10 doubled or dual completion. Jesus Christ did a complete work toward God and man!

At the “West” end there were 6 boards plus 2 corner boards. These were mitered around the corners and tied all three sides together:

6 the number of man + 2 union with Christ = 8 a new beginning.

Psa 118:22  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psa 118:23  This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

The number 2 is found 13 times in these verses. The “Union With Christ” is the “Secret of Life”.

These boards stood side by side and were held firmly together by 5 bars = “Grace all the way around”

These  bars also of “shittim” wood encased in “gold” showing still the dual nature of Our Lord Jesus.

The Middle bar would shoot through from one end to the other:

Exo 36:33  And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards from the one end to the other.

It can be said if the boards are the members then:

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; [which is Christ in you, the hope of glory]:

2.) The Veil, It’s Silver Sockets and Four Pillars. (31-33)

Though the Bible does not give us the meaning of the four colors used we do know that the symbolisms fit Jesus:

Jesus is the Heavenly One (Blue), The Royal One (purple), The Suffering Servant (scarlet) and the Righteous One (fine [white] linen).

The Bible does tell us that the “Veil” represents the flesh of Christ:

Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

It is no wonder the “Veil” was rent into at the moment of His death. For by His death He has made a “New and Living Way” into the “Holy of Holies” giving us access to the “Mercy Seat”, the “Throne of God”

The way to the Holy of Holies was closed except on the Great Day of Atonement:

Heb 9:7  But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
Heb 9:8  The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

But after the death of Jesus on that Cross:

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

This “Veil” was embroidered with “Cherubim” and hung on “Four” pillars of “Wood” overlaid with “Gold”.

The 4 (the number of earth) is the most appropriate number of pillars to represent Christ’s life on Earth and His death on Calvary. This “veil” was rent into when Jesus died. (2 + 2 = 4)

These 4 pillars stood in sockets of “Silver”, (the Atonement)

The hooks of “Gold” (Christ’s constant support from Heaven even while hanging on the Cross):

2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

3.) The Door, Five Pillars, Chapiters, Fillets of Gold and Sockets of Silver. (36-37)

The door (Tabernacle Entrance) had a hanging of blue, purple, scarlet and fine twined linen just as the Veil. There were three entrances (To the Court, To the Tabernacle, To the Holy of Holies). All these entrances represent Jesus Christ who is the only way to Heaven:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus said he was the “Door” not the “Doorway”:

Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  [All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers]: but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

However, there were significant contrasts:

a.) This door had no “Cherubim”.
b.) This door had 5 pillars and not 4.
c.) This door had brass sockets and not silver.
d.) This door had pillars that were crowned with chapiters and filets of Gold.

Exo 36:37  And he made an hanging for the tabernacle door of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework;
Exo 36:38  And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold: but their five sockets were of brass.

Why?

A.) The “Veil” denotes the body of flesh in which Jesus suffered and died. In His earthly life and in His death He wore no crown of Gold but only that of “thorns”.

B.) At Calvary he was humiliated and “cut off” in the prime of His earthly life.

Isa 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? [for he was cut off out of the land of the living]: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

a.) The 5 pillars at the “door” were crowned with “Golden Chapiters”:

5 is the number and Christ is the means of “Grace”.

We are still living in the “Age of Grace”! Jesus is no longer humiliated, He has ascended to the right hand of God and therefore Crowned.

b.) Jesus is the “Door”.

Jesus is the “Gate”, The “Door” and the “Veil”. These all are “types” of Him.

The Bible says:

Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

These “pillars” of the “Door” stand in “Brass” (judgment).

Once Jesus took our sins upon Himself and stood in judgment “for us”, but now and forever he will be “our Judge”

Jas 5:9  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: [behold, the judge standeth before the door].

Though 5 (grace) and brass (judgment) seem to contradict. We know that even this time of “grace” abounds in “judgment”.

1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

“THAT’S WHAT [GRACE] IS ALL ABOUT”!

IV.) The Brazen Altar. (Exo 27:1-8)

Exo 27:1  And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
Exo 27:2  And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
Exo 27:3  And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
Exo 27:4  And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof.
Exo 27:5  And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.
Exo 27:6  And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.
Exo 27:7  And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it.
Exo 27:8  Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.

This “Altar” was the one place where all sacrifices were offered. We know that this “Altar” is then a “type” of the Cross.

Lev 17:2  Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,
Lev 17:3  What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
Lev 17:4  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
Lev 17:5  To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.
Lev 17:6  And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Lev 17:8  And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,
Lev 17:9  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

God says what He means and he means what He says:

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CROSS!

1.) God chose the place of Sacrifice.
2.) God chose the only acceptable Sacrifice.
3.) God chose the “materials of the “Altar”.
4.) God chose the “dimensions of the “Altar”.

3a.) The “wood” (in type “humanity”): Christ became man for the purpose of taking our sin and give His life for a ransom.

Mar 10:45  For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

4a.) The length and the breadth were “5” cubits and was “4” square. “Grace is equally available to all mankind”.

The Horns on each corner symbolized the “Power of the Blood”:

Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, [but by his own blood] he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. [Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood],

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, [which he hath purchased with his own blood].

The Bible says:

2Co 5:19  To wit, [that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself], not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

And also:

Heb 9:14  [How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit] offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

There is no doubt of the Holy Trinity’s involvement in our “Salvation”!

The “Altar” was (3) cubits high!

The “wood” and the “horns” were overlaid with “brass” in “type” (judgment).

1Pe 3:18  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, [the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God], being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

The “grate”(net) was of solid “brass” (no wood) in the middle of the “Altar”

Even this has a message;

Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Halfway down placed the “grate” at the same height as the “Table” and the “Ark”.

The “Table” (fellowship), the “Mercy Seat” (the Throne of God) were both made possible through the “Ark” (Mount Calvary, The Cross).

V.) The Outer Court, Pillars, Sockets, Hangings, Hooks, Pins

Exo 27:9  And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side:
Exo 27:10  And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
Exo 27:11  And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
Exo 27:12  And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.
Exo 27:13  And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits.
Exo 27:14  The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
Exo 27:15  And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
Exo 27:16  And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four.
Exo 27:17  All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.
Exo 27:18  The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass.
Exo 27:19  All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.

The “Outer Court: separated the worship center from the outside world.

Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Those in the “Worship Center” are to be set apart as God’s “purchased property”.

Israel:

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Amo 3:2  You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

The Church:

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Around the “Court yard” stood 60 pillars of “Brass” or “wood” overlaid with brass”.

The “wood” still a “type” of humanity. We have already said the “boards” standing shoulder to shoulder is in “type” the Church, the Body of Christ. Then these pillars are in “type” the individual “believer”.

They hold up the “fine twined linen”:

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

The “Church” (boards) stand in “silver” (atonement), but as individuals each stands alone in his own socket of “brass”.

2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

60 “brazen” pillars, standing in 60 sockets of “brass” yet all were “crowned with silver” (atonement)

That is  twelve fold multiple of “Grace” (12 times 5 =60)

The Hanging of “fine twined linen” was (5) cubits high all the way around the court. The worship center was surrounded by “Grace”.

There was no gold in the outer court. The “Gold” was only used in the vessels, the boards, the pillars and the hooks either inside or attached to the Tabernacle.

The most prominent materials in the court were “brass” and “wood”.

Only at the top, above the linen hanging, were “silver chapiters, fillets, and hooks”. (Atonement)

It is the (Atonement) that caries the weight of the linen hangings (righteousness) for our righteousness depends totally on Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Apart from His redeeming “Grace” we have no righteousness.

Mal 4:2  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Heb 1:8  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

The “Silver” hooks at the top of the “Pillars” were for ropes that anchored the pillars to pins of “Brass”.

Each pillar was held securely in place. In “type” we need to be anchored in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

The humanity (The Wood) and (The Pillars) the Body of Christ. The “Gold” and “Brass” Our Saviour and Our Judge.

If we could see the picture of these pillars of wood and from the inside and the hangings we could get a picture of the Cross.

*****The Gate:  Exo 27:16

The hanging of the “Gate” (representing Christ Jesus)  was distinctively different from the Pure White hanging around the court yard.

The Gate, the Door and the Veil were all the same colors: Blue, Purple, Scarlet on White.

(Blue)Joh 8:23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

(Purple)Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

(Scarlet)Isa 53

(Fine White Linen)1Jn 2:29  If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

The Gate, The Door, The Veil all say: Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The Gate is only half as high as the Door but it is (2) times as wide.

The Altar(Calvary) is just inside the Gate. Redemption is wide open to one and all.

We may enter through that “Gate”(The Yard) but the way through the “Door” (Truth)

Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Mat 13:47  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Mat 13:48  Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
Mat 13:49  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
Mat 13:50  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The Door is only half as wide but twice as high:

A “door’ can be entered or it may be closed allowing no entrance. Jesus Christ as the “Door” prevents Sin in His House. Some who enter at the “Gate” are not willing to pick up their own Cross and follow Jesus. The Closer we get to the Lord the Door will narrow.

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The “Veil” signifies the death of Christ. To enter “we too must die to self”.

Mar 8:34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mar 8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
Mar 8:36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Mar 8:37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mar 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Jesus is the “Door” to the (truth) and He will also be our Judge.

Act 10:42  And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

If we abide in Christ, He will show us the way:

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

*****The Oil for the Lampstand:

Exo 27:20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.
Exo 27:21  In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.

This was the pure olive oil obtained by beating.

Does The Holy Spirit suffer?

1.) Yes and it can be serious!

Eph 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Why do our churches fail?

Eph 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Eph 4:32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

2.) Can He be touched by our infirmities?

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

He knows what it takes to over come our weakness. Are we putting forth the effort. Again why do our churches fail?

3.) Can He “Vexed” by our “rebellion”?

Isa 63:10  But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

God can be our enemy. Read what He said to the seven churches of Revelation.

4.) The Holy Spirit is the “Oil for the Lampstand”. It is He that makes the Light to burn in the Church.

And God said:

Don’t put it out and don’t let it go out.

Without the Spirit their is no ‘Light” in the Church!

With Him their is no “Darkness” in the Church!

Let’s Pray!

God Reveals His Judgments

God Reveals His Judgments

Text: Exodus Chapters 21-24

The "Law of Moses" was in three parts. As already mentioned previously there were not just Ten Commandments given to Israel. In fact it can be said that these Ten Commandments were given to every nation. After all these Ten Commandments were written with the finger of God.

There were 613 commandments given to the nation of Israel at this time of Moses.

God gave the nation of Israel her Constitution. Written down for them in Exodus, Leviticus, and in Deuteronomy. To obey these words of God would bring the Blessing of God.

1.) The Ten Commandments, (The moral law) The Governmental authority of God. God’s claim to his people.

2.) The second (The civil laws) the social laws to the nation of Israel. How to be a Godly society.

3.) The third (The ceremonial laws) were given to Israel in respect to their religious life and activities. These are mostly found in the Book of Leviticus and many "types" of Christ can be seen.

A.) We have just finished the chapters of the "Moral" law called the Ten Commandments, Remember what the "Serpent" told Eve:

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, [knowing good and evil].

To know and obey the Ten Commandments is to know the difference between "Good and Evil". Most every person in the world knows these things from within themselves. These commandments are our measuring stick for ethical and moral decisions.

B.) We can find the Civil Laws in these Chapters we are about to look into. These are laws of social concerns but also to include laws of slavery, injury to others financially and physically, property rights, oppression to widows and orphans, money lending and many others.

C.) The ceremonial laws were for the Nation of Israel in their worship, in the Tabernacle and the future Temple.

We will see that this nation understood and committed themselves to this Book of the Covenant.

Exo 24:7  And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: [and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient].

They were not forced to give this answer. They agreed that these were good laws.

We know that Paul wrote of these things in the New Testament:

Col 2:13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14  [Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross];

God gave us His Ten Commandments to insure that there would be order and justice in society even in the days we live in. When men obey His laws there comes peace and prosperity.

The problems we face are not these laws!

The problems come from sinful man!

We have to make a conscious choice to be law abiding citizens. Israel had to make these same choices.

*****Our text:

Exodus 21

Exo 21:1  Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.
Exo 21:2  If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
Exo 21:3  If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
Exo 21:4  If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.
Exo 21:5  And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
Exo 21:6  Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

The Holy Spirit has decided that to begin these judgments we must first understand what it is to be a servant.

The Bible says of the Messiah:

Psa 40:5  Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Psa 40:6  Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Psa 40:7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Psa 40:8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Who was this "Perfect Servant"?

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Zec 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

Isa 52:13  Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Of course we know that these scriptures were fulfilled in Jesus!

The New Testament says:

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, [and took upon him the form of a servant], and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

We know that this directly says it was God, (Jehovah God) who became this servant. Not many in our world believe this anymore and most never have.

If we cannot accept this truth of the Bible then we need to just throw all God’s Word in the trash for none of the rest can be true!

The Gospel of Mark shows us how He served and He continues to do so for all that believe for He is now our intercessor with the Father.

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Even at the age of twelve Jesus knew what He must do:

Luk 2:49  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Luk 2:50  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

It is said that there seven billion people on this earth today and the biggest majority do not understand the Word that Our Lord speaks to us.

Jesus insisted that He came to do the will of the Father in Heaven:

Joh 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Joh 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Joh 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Jesus never felt like He had pleased His Father in Heaven:

Rom 15:1  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Rom 15:2  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Rom 15:3  [For even Christ pleased not himself]; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

You see this should be the mind of all servants of The Lord!

If Our Lord came as a "Servant" then what right have we to ignore the work He has given us.

God did not give us the Holy Spirit for our enjoyment as much as He gave Him to us for our employment!

The Words of Jesus:

Luk 22:27  For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? [but I am among you as he that serveth].

It is the "Servant" that is greatest in the eyes of God!

Jesus chose to be a "Servant". Never at any point did Jesus deviate from serving at the Will of the Father in Heaven!

Verse 2)

The Hebrew "servant" was bought and was to serve for only six years.

We know that "six" is the number of man:

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. [Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man]; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

What does man own if we know that the Owner of man is God? It is man’s responsibility to realize we are owned by our Maker!

Therefore Jesus said:

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.

Notice in the seventh year the Hebrew Servant was to be set free, his obligation fulfilled.

When the Lord Jesus came to this earth to obey the will of the Father, He fulfilled His obligation on the cross.

Verse 3,4.)

We know Our Lord had no wife when he entered into the servitude of His Father:

Isa 50:1  Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

Now according to the Law then His work complete, He could go back to Heaven free of any other work but He was to go out alone.

Now we know that Jesus could have no union with any wife so long as He was in the flesh:

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Joh 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

It is only on "resurrected ground" that a union with Christ Jesus could occur. Only after Jesus came out of the grave did He call the disciples "brethren".

Verse 5,6.)

You see it was the Love of Our Lord will not go out to freedom without His wife.

This He did because of Love!

Jesus was not obligated by the Hebrew Laws to save this wife. He could have gone free. Remember Jesus was sin free because He obeyed all the Laws of His Father.

In our text we notice that the wife and the children are listed separately.

Heb 2:13  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and [the children which God hath given me].
Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

We notice that in God’s Word, Israel is never called the Children of God. Then in this scripture Israel must be the "wife". The "Children of God" then must be the Church the Bride of Christ.

Isa 54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
Isa 54:6  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
Isa 54:7  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

"he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever"

By boring the ear it marked the devoted servant. The doorpost marks the place where the family entered and a sign of personal limits and therefore does not pertain to strangers. Notice we saw earlier it was on the door post that the Blood was applied.

Jesus Christ did not die for the human race, He died for the Household of God.(all that will believe).

The Bible says:

Joh 11:51  And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
Joh 11:52  And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

and:

Mat 1:21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save [his people] from their sins.

Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: [the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep].

Those that go through the door.

Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him [to be made like unto his brethren], that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto [them that look for him] shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Those that are not looking for Him cannot be saved.

*****So in our scripture when the Master(The Father) bored the ear of the the servant(Our Lord), so long as he lived he would bare the marks of his servitude.

So too, the Lord Jesus Christ will wear forever the mark of the Cross!

Jesus said to doubting Thomas:

Joh 20:27  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

And we see later:

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, [stood a Lamb as it had been slain], having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Though Our Lord be ascended he still ministers to His own!

"when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end"

Joh 13:12  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
Joh 13:13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
Joh 13:14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Joh 13:15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Joh 13:16  Verily, verily, I say unto you, [The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him].
Joh 13:17  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

The Bible says again:

Luk 12:37  Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

Our Lord still wants to be our servant!

*****Our text:

Exodus 21:12-36

The Law Concerning Personal Injury.

It’s not hard to see how God feels about:

1.) Murder
2.) Adultery
3.) Homosexuality
4.) Abortion
5.) Capitol Punishment

The world today says that God is harsh to require the death penalty but God wants us to take sin seriously.

The world today treat Sin like a "cupcake" when Sin is really a "Serpent"!

It is the governments of this world that say a woman has a right to allow the death of her baby and that murderers should go unpunished for killing the innocent.

It is this world that simplifies adultery as just "having an affair" yet families are destroyed by such actions.

It is this world that says homosexuality is just "some alternate lifestyle" and all involved are "gay" like this way of living is just to joyful to be missed.

Just in America, the money spent on death row inmates in appeal would go a long way in keeping the homeless off the streets. Our jails have become civic centers for those that ignore the Laws and will never be obedient to them.

There is only one way to treat the the confirmed murderer as he is a local terrorist. God says to put them to death so they can cause no further harm and it would be a sign to those that would follow. The world needs to treat the terrorist who are simply murderers and killers, the exact same way.

Exo 21:12  He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.
Exo 21:13  And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.
Exo 21:14  But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.

Notice how these persons:

1.) Lie in wait determined to have their own will.
2.) How they come arrogantly and willfully to commit these crimes.

Notice how God shows us that there is a difference in what happens by accident and what happens intentionally.

God insisted that there would be respect in the home by all family members but especially the children to the parents.

God insisted that if you caused harm to another that you be held responsible for your actions.

God insisted that there would be no kidnapping or abductions for slavery.

God insisted that the unborn child was considered to be alive while still in the womb.

Jesus explained what "an eye for an eye" really meant:

Mat 5:38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Mat 5:39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Mat 5:40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Mat 5:41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Mat 5:42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

God insisted that the owner of animals be held responsible for the actions of those animals. We can readily see that in some cases with animals only, where money could be used in place of "capitol punishment".

In our world you can go to jail for causing harm to an animal and this true but when you cause harm to another human being the innocent victim is set aside while lawyers defend the rights of the guilty. Tell me this is not backwards.

If a dog bites someone they are put to death. When a terrorist, or murderer, or killer maims or kills some one they are treated as having a reason for their actions. This is still backwards in our world.

*****Our Text:

Exodus 22:1-23:12

The Law Concerning Property and Human Rights

An animal that was stolen was valued at five times if that animal died but two times if that animal lived. God knew that even animals can suffer from trauma.

If that burglar was at night killed in his actions then the property owner was not held accountable for his life but if that burglar was killed in the daytime then the property owner was held responsible unless his life was threatened and this was provable.

If someone or the things they owned caused damage to someone else property then the damage must be compensated for. This included damages to borrowed and things for hire(rented).

We can see that the family was directly involved in the marriages of their daughters. The man had to be approved and even concentual fornication was not allowed without approval and then compensation for the future well being of that daughter, as her reputation would be tarnished. To be a virgin bride still meant something in those days. If this child were engaged to another man whom the family had approved then both guilty parties were stoned.

1.) To Rape brought death to the rapist.
2.) To commit adultery while engaged brought death to both parties.
3.) To commit adultery while married this also brought the death penalty.

Deu 22:22  If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.
Deu 22:23  If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
Deu 22:24  Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.
Deu 22:25  But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die:
Deu 22:26  But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter:
Deu 22:27  For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.
Deu 22:28  If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
Deu 22:29  Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

To be a "virgin" was highly prized but more so the marriage was truly a sacred thing.

God is real serious about the "marriage between one man and one woman"!

God is real serious about how to treat strangers. They were to be treated as a friend.

God is real serious about how to treat the widow and the orphan. They were to be cared for.

God is real serious about gossip, and bad mouthing anyone.

God is real serious about bribery. Our politicians should be aware of these things.

God is real serious about the abuse of the land we live on. Each property owner to not abuse his land.

God is real serious about resting one day out of seven and this included the animals that were in the work place.

God is real serious about taking advantage of the poor and the homeless.

Deu 24:10  When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.
Deu 24:11  Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.
Deu 24:12  And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:
Deu 24:13  In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

God is real serious about taking advantage of any hired employee.

Deu 24:14  Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:
Deu 24:15  At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.

God is real serious of how any nation makes such laws for it’s people and also how those laws are enforced.

*****Our text:

Exodus 23:13-19

The Law Concerning Worship

Once the families of that nation understands their own responsibilities then God is serious about His Worship. We cannot truly "Worship" the Almighty God if we have not been obedient to His laws of how to treat His people and His families.

God teaches that all believers are to fear Him!

1Pe 2:15  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1Pe 2:16  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
1Pe 2:17  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

1.) To "Fear God" to the believer means to have the knowledge that God will never do anything wrong in our lives. We are to obey His Word that He has given to us.

2.) To "Fear God" to the unbeliever means to realize the truth of Hell and to know that unless you come to know this God as your Savior you will spend eternity in Hell with no way to escape. 

3.) To "Fear God" to Israel was to honor this covenant they were receiving at this time of the Exodus.

*****Those three feast are:

a.) The "Feast of the Unleavened bread"

b.) The "Feast of the Firstfruits"

c.) The "Feast of the Ingathering"

God is serious about His Worship to all and especially to all that believe on Him!

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Exodus 23:20-33

The Angel of the Lord

Exo 23:20  Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

1.) This Angel had the power to "Lead" these people in the "Way" of God.

2.) This Angel had the power to "Keep" these people in the "Way" of God.

3.) This Angel had the power to ‘Speak" the Word of God!

Exo 23:22 says  "But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak"

4.) This Angel had the power to "Cut off the enemies of Israel".

Exo 23:23  [For mine Angel shall go before thee], and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and [I will cut them off].

Every nation would be better off if they would just believe what this verse says! It is Jesus Christ that is the "Prince of Peace" and there will be no Peace until Jesus comes again.

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, [The Prince of Peace].

Wake Up America!

Wake Up World!

1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

THIS ANGEL HAD THE NAME AS GOD!

Exo 23:21  Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: [for my name is in him].

To the Believer, the Christian:

1Pe 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1Pe 1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, [pass the time of your sojourning here in fear]:
1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

DO WE ACTUALLY HEAR WHAT GOD IS SAYING?

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

GOD SAYS IF WE ARE HIS SHEEP WE WILL HEAR HIM!

We can only say then that those who we see in disobedience must not hear Him not because they cannot hear but because they blinded by the god of this world, Satan, the Devil.

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

To follow this Angel would bring blessings from The Lord Thy God:

1.) Thy Bread:

God will take care of our daily needs

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psa 37:24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psa 37:26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

2.) Thy Water:

God will take care of our Spiritual needs

1Co 10:3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

3.) Thy Sickness:

God will bear our infirmities and our sickness.

Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Mat 8:17  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

God demanded that Israel be separate from all other nations!

God expects, in fact He demands we that believe to separate ourselves from the evils of this world!

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

God gave this new nation of Israel nine "I Wills" or nine things that He would do, "IF" they would obey His commandments.

Remember this was a "Conditional Covenant".

*****Our text:

Exodus 24

The Covenant is "Ratified".

Ratify means to be confirmed by both parties. In other words there was no misunderstanding at all!

Exo 24:3  And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and [all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do].

As we go through these scriptures we should readily see in plain language is that man cannot approach unto God on the grounds of his own works.

"worship ye afar off. And Moses alone shall come near the LORD"

The only way to approach this Holy God is through a "Mediator"!

For Israel that was Moses at this time.

For the Church:

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

This was told to Israel before the covenant was ratified and before there were any failures to obey. There will be no excuses at the White Throne of Judgment.

No one can come unto the Father without the Work of Jesus:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Moses alone could only approach because he was the "mediator". (A "type" of Christ)

Christ had to suffer for our sins to be our "mediator".

1Pe 3:18  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, [that he might bring us to God], being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Notice the nation of Israel spoke in one voice at this time:

"and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient"

They had a godly fear of the Lord at this time. How soon things would change but they had committed themselves to this conditional covenant called now the Covenant of Moses or the Laws of Moses.

There are 14 verses in the New Testament that refer directly to these laws.

EVEN THIS COVENANT WAS SEALED WITH BLOOD!

Exo 24:8  And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.

Now that the blood had been applied we can see in "type" the privilege to those that are under the "Blood":

Exo 24:10  [And they saw the God of Israel]: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
Exo 24:11  And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: [also they saw God], and did eat and drink.

We can see the future of this Nation when they return to God:

Rev 7:13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and [made them white in the blood of the Lamb].

1.) The "sapphire stone" speaks of Divine government, the Throne of God.

Eze 1:26  And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

2.) The "body of heaven in clearness" speaks of the The finished work of Our Lord Jesus.

Mat 17:1  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Rev 21:11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Rev 21:18  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

The unapproachable glory of God tells a sinner to keep off, but the altar shows him how he can feast and worship in God’s presence.

By the Law we never hear draw near but "worship ye afar off" but to the Church we always hear:

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

What will we learn from a more complete study of God’s Word?

Israel’s history continued for more than 1500 years yet never again did their elders "see God"!

Never yet again have they eaten in His presence!

What Israel missed as a nation, the Church is blessed with for eternity!

Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God;

The Glory of the Lord was seen for seven more days:

Exo 24:16  And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
Exo 24:17  And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
Exo 24:18  And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

His Glory was like a "devouring fire":

Unapproachable to Israel but to the Church, the believer:

2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

And now we will see the Holy Spirit will focus on Moses as a "type of Christ".

"Moses went into the midst of the cloud"

And Our Lord:

Joh 17:4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Joh 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

We know and will learn next how Moses was shown the example and the instructions to build the Tabernacle.

Let’s Pray!

God Declares His Commandments

GOD DECLARES HIS COMMANDMENTS

Our text:

Exodus chapters 19-20

When Jacob, his sons, and their families descended into Egypt, it was a large family. What we have seen in God’s Word is that this family has grown into a nation. The Nation that is called Israel. The Word of God shows us how He used this nation to reveal Himself to all the world.

We must remember God will not allow any excuses for not knowing Him:

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  [For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse]:

But Our Lord God has also given us His Word:

Heb 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

The Apostle Peter said this Word is sure:

2Pe 1:19  [We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place], until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: [but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost].

The nation of Israel will be the key instrument of God’s revelation to all humanity. If we want to know why Israel is hated so much in this world, then we should know that this is the reason. In "type" this shows us why the Church, The Bride of Christ is also so hated.

This great act of deliverance foreshadowed an even greater act of redemption that God would accomplish through a descendant of Jacob, that the Bible calls the Messiah.

We will see in this passage that God will enter into another covenant with His people. This covenant will not take the place of the covenant made to Abraham:

Gen 12:1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Gen 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

This covenant to Abraham had no conditions to be met by Abraham, except to believe. We call this "faith". This is the only work required of the believer, TO BELIEVE, HAVE FAITH in the Word of God.

We will now see a covenant of "Works". This covenant will have some conditions to be met on the part of the Nation of Israel.

When Israel accepts this covenant they are then required to obey!

Bible scholars call this the Mosaic Covenant. What will be learned from Moses in what is called the Pentateuch is that there were not only 10 moral laws but there were also 603 more laws of all sort making a total of 613 laws in the Word of God listed by Moses to Israel.

*****Our Text:

Exo. 19:1-15

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Exo 19:6  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Exo 19:7  And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.
Exo 19:8  And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Verse 19:1 tells us that Israel arrived at the Mount of God in the third month. I fully believe that this was the 50th day from the day they had hurriedly left Egypt. That may be another study later but it would coincide with Pentecost after the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus.

God had delivered Israel from Egypt on the ground of His covenant with Abraham:

Exo 2:24  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

The last thing recorded before we find Israel at Sinai is that God had opened the "Rock":

Psa 105:41  He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.
Psa 105:42  For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.

We will see now at Sinai, Jehovah God’s relationship to Israel, the nation, was placed on a different basis.

Verse 19:5 Is not referring to His covenant with Abraham and He is not mentioned in this chapter. There were no conditions attached to the covenant with Abraham. That covenant was "Unconditional" on the part of Abraham and his descendants are concerned, at least those through Jacob. This covenant at Sinai would be a covenant between two parties both meeting certain conditions to make the covenant binding.

This will be a covenant of works!

What are the conditions of this covenant?

Exo 34:27  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
Exo 34:28  And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

Some forty years later Moses would remind Israel of this:

Deu 4:13  And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
Deu 4:14  And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.

So we have the ten commandments and then the 603 statutes and ordinances.

What do we see in verse 8?

"And all the people answered together, and said, [All that the LORD hath spoken we will do]. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD"

We know that this true because it is repeated:

Exo 24:4  And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
Exo 24:5  And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.
Exo 24:6  And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
Exo 24:7  And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: [and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient].
Exo 24:8  And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.

They knew exactly what commandments they were responding to.

It is the Mosaic covenant and not the Abramic covenant that Israel will later enter into the land of Canaan.

It is on the grounds of this Mosaic covenant that God will deal with His people while they were in the land of Canaan!

What we see once Joshua had led them into Canaan is how God responds to His covenant:

Jos 7:10  And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
Jos 7:11  Israel hath sinned, and [they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them]: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

Jos 7:15  And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: [because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD], and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.

They had lost a battle:

Jos 7:5  And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

What had God said?

Exo 20:17  [Thou shalt not covet] thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Later we see:

Jdg 2:19  And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
Jdg 2:20  And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, [Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers], and have not hearkened unto my voice;

God added:

Jdg 2:21  I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:

When Solomon failed to keep this covenant:

1Ki 11:11  Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and [thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee], I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

Throughout Israel’s occupation of Canaan God dealt with them under this Mosaic covenant:

Jer 11:2  [Hear ye the words of this covenant], and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Jer 11:3  And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,
Jer 11:4  [Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt], from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:

God does not change as time passes by!

*****Verse 10-11:

It is said that this took place in the third month from what was the beginning of the Nation of Israel:

Exo 12:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Exo 12:2  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

It is now the third month since the Lord Jehovah spake these words of Exo12:1-2.

If Israel left Egypt on the 15th day of the first month then this would be about the 45th day since they had departed.

God said be ready for the third day.

Moses would later remind Israel that this was the day that God came down to talk with them from Heaven:

Deu 5:22  These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
Deu 5:23  And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
Deu 5:24  And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
Deu 5:25  Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.
Deu 5:26  For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
Deu 5:27  Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.
Deu 5:28  And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.
Deu 5:29  O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

*****Our Text:

Exodus 19:16-25

Exo 19:16  And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
Exo 19:17  And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.
Exo 19:18  And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

"Behold, The Lord God hath shown us His Glory"

Before this could happen the people were to "sanctify" themselves even to the point of washing their clothes.

Sanctify means: To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred or religious use.

They were to do the very best they knew how to do and God was coming down to tell them how they could be sanctified before all the world. We can say what we will but we can see that in ‘Type" God will only draw nigh to people "who are clean".(from sin)

It is "Sin" which separates us from God. The nation of Israel did not know what God considered to be "Sin" so God came down in His "mercy" to teach them.

Even today the intent of these Laws of God are intended to teach us what God considers to be "Sin".

Paul Wrote:

Gal 3:24  Wherefore [the law was our schoolmaster] to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  [But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster].

It’s a shame that we live in a world that does not want to live by these simple laws. No one wants to see these 10 moral laws because they are convicted by them, especially our own politicians and our own lawmakers.

God is coming back in a cloud to get His Church. I am positive that on that day there will be much thunderings and much light lightning as God will again show His "Majesty". Yes, He is coming as a thief but I believe the world will know that He came.

A great and dreadful God will return one day soon.

Dan 9:4  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, [O Lord, the great and dreadful God], keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

No one will dictate to God what His actions will be, though this world is trying:

Isa 40:13  Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Isa 40:14  With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Isa 40:15  Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

Isa 40:17  All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

It is God’s people that are important to Him not anything else of this world.

We need to have some of this fear in our own selves:

We should have enough of the "Fear of the Lord" in us to live the way He commands us to live:

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

We must not forget that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament, ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD!

He is the One to be obeyed and to be worshipped!

*****Our text:

Exodus 20

Exo 20:1  And God spake all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exo 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exo 20:6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Exo 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Exo 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exo 20:10  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Exo 20:11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exo 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Exo 20:13  Thou shalt not kill.
Exo 20:14  Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.
Exo 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exo 20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

God gave us these rules to live by some 4000 years ago. While Jesus Christ was on this earth some almost 2000 years age He said these words:

Mat 24:12  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

We live in a world where we know that this true! Lawlessness is not only in our own communities but world wide.

The men of this world that have obtained power from many ways, most of their ways not God’s ways, and are bent on pleasing themselves with no regard for the people of this world or the world itself.

There is only one test of "Love". That is to have the desire and put forth the effort to please the one that is loved. We show God we love Him by being obedient to "His Will"!

Psa 40:8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Jesus Himself said:

Joh 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, [he it is that loveth me]: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and [I will love him, and will manifest myself to him].

There are many so called scholars of God’s Word that say that the Laws of God are not binding on anyone else but Israel and the Bible itself said that this is not true. Paul wrote that these laws are our "schoolmaster" until we meet Jesus.

Jesus said when we meet Him. "or invite Him into our heart", we will know that those same schoolmaster laws are fulfilled in "love". In other words if we have the "Love of Jesus" in us we will not have to remember those laws because we will love each other enough to not need them.

We must realize Our Lord said these laws were special to Him:

Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2  [But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night].
Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

And in the New Testament:

Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22  [For I delight in the law of God after the inward man]:
Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

It was with Divine love that God provided these commandments. To obey them would show it is by God’s Authority that we live.

Israel as a new nation had to realize they could survive only under the government of God.

God had created this nation of Israel and He had also purchased them with the "blood". Israel belongs to God!

God begins with the first four commandments. These will dictate man’s relationship with God. Then the last six will dictate man’s relationship with other men.

When God redeems us from sin it does not release us from God’s claim on us as His creatures but He creates a new relationship with added responsibilities. God wants a righteous people and He has given us the guidelines.

God gave Israel three classes of laws.

1.) The Moral Laws
2.) The Ceremonial Laws
3.) The Civil Laws

These were the guidelines of the government of Israel:

Jdg 8:23  And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: [the LORD shall rule over you].

Just so we are clear these are still the Laws that Israel is bound to, until they meet Jesus Christ.

These moral commandments are binding on all people no matter where they live, especially on Christians.

Why?

1.) They proclaim the authority of God Himself.
2.) They were written by the finger of God and have never yet been repealed.
3.) We still need them in the days we now live in.

Paul said:

Rom 7:6  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? [God forbid]. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: [for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet].

4.) Our own Lord Jesus obeyed the laws and He is our example.

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, [made under the law],
Gal 4:5  [To redeem them that were under the law], that we might receive the adoption of sons.

God said we should delight in His law:

Psa 40:8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, [thy law is within my heart].

Jesus maintained the the authority of God’s law:

Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

5.) Jesus said He did not come to destroy the law:

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, [Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled].
Mat 5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

6.) Paul said:

Rom 3:31  Do we then make void the law through faith? [God forbid]: yea, [we establish the law].

1Co 9:19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
1Co 9:20  And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
1Co 9:21  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

1Co 9:23  And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

7.) God will chastise those that do not obey His law:

Psa 89:27  [Also I will make him my firstborn], higher than the kings of the earth.
Psa 89:28  My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and [my covenant shall stand fast with him].
Psa 89:29  His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

But:

Psa 89:30  If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
Psa 89:31  If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
Psa 89:32  Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
Psa 89:33  Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

This not to say that we should not rightly divide the Bible:

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, [rightly dividing the word of truth].

Through God’s mercy He gives us His Grace because He knew that through obeying these laws we could not be saved but He indeed says we are to obey these laws. They are still our guide while we are still in this sinful flesh.

Remember what Paul said:

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

It is the battle with our own flesh that these laws teach us right from wrong in the eyes of a Holy God!

When the Bible mentions the phase "The Law" we then need to rightly divide what is said. In the New Testament there are three expressions that need to be distinguished:

1.) The Law of God:

Rom 7:22  For I delight in [the law of God] after the inward man:

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind [I myself serve the law of God]; but with the flesh the law of sin.

2.) The Law of Moses:

Joh 7:15  And the Jews marvelled, saying, [How knoweth this man letters, having never learned]?
Joh 7:16  Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
Joh 7:17  If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Joh 7:18  He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Joh 7:19  [Did not Moses give you the law], and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

Act 13:39  And by him all that believe are justified from all things, [from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses].

Act 15:5  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, [and to command them to keep the law of Moses].

3.) The Law of Christ:

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

a.) The Law of God comes from the mind of our creator and is binding on all that live on this earth. This is the entire will of God but is referred to as the "Ten Commandments".

These laws were expressed on man’s "moral" behavior since the fall of Adam. Most every man from every location knows the "Moral" law without having read them. They are written in man’s heart.

This is the reason that the Ten Commandments were the first of the written laws God gave to Israel.

This is why Jesus said these words:

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: [I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil].

This why the Holy Spirit teaches us of the law in the New Testament: In the Book of Romans the word "law" is seen 75 times.

This is why sinners and saints are judged by these laws:

Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Jas 2:12  So speak ye, and so do, [as they that shall be judged] by the law of liberty.

These laws will not be repealed until the New Heaven and the New Earth.

b.) The Law of Moses: Is the entire written law given to Israel in the wilderness. The Moral laws, The Ceremonial laws, The Judgment and the Ordinances. (613 laws at the time of Moses) [The Pharisees later added many more to these.]

These laws have not been repealed even in our day.

c.) The Law of Christ are the laws in the hands of our Mediator, Jesus Christ!

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

This is the Law that is in the heart of Jesus: The "law of God" is now the "Law of Christ" as it pertains to all believers!

As creatures we serve the "Law of God" and as the redeemed we serve the "Law of Christ".

Eph 6:5  Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
Eph 6:6  Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; [but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Eph 6:7  With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men]:
Eph 6:8  Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, [not on things on the earth].
Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Paul explains this in his way:

1Co 9:21  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

The "flesh" must still obey the laws of the creator, the moral laws.
The "saved soul" belongs to the redeemer, Jesus Christ and obedience to Him.

1.) What we will see is that God came down to this earth and verbally, with His voice gave the Ten Commandments:

2.) The Ten Commandments were the only laws written with the finger of God.

3.) The Ten Commandments were the only laws stored in the Ark of the Covenant.

God did not make His abode in the Tabernacle until The Ten Commandments were properly stored in the Ark and the Tabernacle was completed. This is when Our Lord came down to sit on the Mercy Seat.

*****The Moral Laws:

I.) No other gods:

God is saying that He will not tolerate any other object of worship. Flesh, Material, or make believe, fantasy.

This would include Idols of metal, wood, or stone, or any other material but also, Money, Pleasure, Fashion, Fame, Food, and any other thing we put in a place before our worship of the "Living God".

Isa 45:20  Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
Isa 45:21  Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Isa 45:22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

1Jn 5:21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

II.) Graven Images:

We can see that man is forbidden to attempt any visible representation of God. The first commandment forbids objects of worship. Now we see more of how to worship. We must not have carnal conceptions of God. Notice God adds that those that break this commandment shall bring down the judgment of God on their own children.

This means as parents we are to teach the truth about the Being and the Character of God!

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

III.) Take God’s name in vain:

God’s Holy name must be sacred to us!

When we pray: "Hallowed be thy name"

Anytime we speak, in any of our religious devotions, nothing must said to lower the High Holiness of God’s Name!

There is only one time the word "reverend" is used in the Bible:

Psa 111:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: [holy and reverend is his name].

It should be ashame for men to call themselves "Reverend"!

IV.) Remember the Sabbath:

The seventh day is a "sabbath" unto the Lord!

1.) This says man should work six days a week:

1Th 4:11  And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
1Th 4:12  That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

2Th 3:10  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

2.) We see that this term "Sabbath" is not said to be the seventh day of the week!

Six days of work call for one day of rest!

So far as the Old Testament is concerned this could be any day of the week!

IT IS NOT CORRECT THEN TO SAY THAT THE SABBATH CAN BE OBSERVED ONLY ON A SATURDAY!

THE BIBLE DOES NOT MAKE SATURDAY ANY SPECIAL DAY! TO DO SO GOES AGAINST THE WORD OF JESUS HIMSELF!

Mat 5:19  [Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so], he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Bible says:

Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

The Lord says of a "Sabbath":

Mar 2:27  And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Mar 2:28  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

*****A little history of the names of the days of the week:

We have 7 days in the week mainly because the ancients were aware of seven "heavenly bodies": Sun, Moon, and the five (of the 9) planets which they could see: Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.

The Romans were the first to name the days after mythological Gods which had planetary connections, such as Jupiter (chief God), Mars (God of War), and Venus (Goddess of Love).

Along the way, and much later, the Teutonic peoples (aka Germans/Angles/ Saxons/Nordics/etc) replaced some of them with a few heavyweights from their own pantheon and so the days became a mix of planetary objects and Norse Gods.

For English, that would be 3 heavenly objects (Sun, Moon, Saturn) and 4 Teutonic gods. In other Romance (derived from Latin) languages and not Teutonic the original (Roman) planetary names are often retained.

Thus we have:

Sunday From Sun’s Day.

Monday From Moon’s Day. (Fr:"Lundi" Ital:"Lundei" Sp:"Lunes"; (all derived from luna/lunar)

Tuesday From Tewe’s Day, a Norse/Germanic female deity. Was: Mar’s Day (Fr: "Mardi" ; Sp: "Martes") (You knew that "Mardi Gras" is Fat Tuesday!)

Wednesday From Woden’s Day, (aka: Odin’s Day), the chief god in Teutonic mythology. Was: Mercury’s Day. (Fr:"Mercredi" Ital:"Mercoledi")

Thursday From Thor’s Day. (He’s the one that sends bolts into your surge protector and computer.) Was: Jupiter’s Day: "Jove" (Fr: "Jeudi" Sp: "Jeuves")

Friday From Frigg’s Day, a rotund Germanic female deity. Was: Venus’ Day. (Fr: "Vendredi" Ital: "Venerdi")

Saturday From Saturn’s Day.

It was not so many years ago that the Jewish people chose themselves to make Saturday their "Sabbath" It was not God’s Word that dictated this.

The Church is told to worship everyday and are not given any specific day. It was in the days of the beginning of the New Church that the "Lord’s Day" was chosen. It is accepted that the Lord rose from that tomb on Sunday.

1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

God does say to not to forsake assembling in His name and more often as we get nearer to the end:

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and [so much the more, as ye see the day approaching].

In fact the Word of God says to assemble more often and not less often!

But we should also consider some rest time, and some time with our own families.

V.) Honor our fathers and mothers:

The word "honor" means much more than to just obey:

A child must learn that the parent is in authority and should be held in high esteem.

Luk 2:48  And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Luk 2:49  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Luk 2:50  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
Luk 2:51  And [he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them]: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
Luk 2:52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Even Jesus obeyed His earthly parents just as he kept all the commandments.

We know that this is to be taught in the Church:

Eph 6:1  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Eph 6:2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
Eph 6:3  [That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth].

And God is serious about obeying this commandment as the length of one’s life itself is dependant on it.

VI.) Thou shalt not kill:

Thou shalt not murder! God has attached the death penalty to this commandment and gives us His reason!

Gen 9:5  And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
Gen 9:6  Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: [for in the image of God made he man].

Jesus explains this for us that believe His Word:

Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Jesus says that murder is not limited just to the act but also to the state of mind and the passion that causes the act of murder. In our day we say "premeditated".

All human life is precious to God!

VII.) Not commit adultery:

God says that there must be respect for the marriage. The marriage relationship must be paramount over every other human obligation.

We should not be unfaithful in marriage!

Jesus gives us the deeper meaning:

Mat 5:27  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
Mat 5:28  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Adultery includes the lustful passions behind the act of adultery.

We must remember when Jesus taught on divorce it was the unfaithfulness of a partner that could dissolve a marriage.

Mat 19:9  And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Paul wrote to the church:

1Co 7:15  [But if the unbelieving depart], let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

Still it is unfaithfulness!

VIII.) Not to steal:

God insist that we are honest with all mankind.

2Co 8:21  Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

The trap of making it a habit to take things that do not belong to us is real.

IX.) Not to bear false witness:

To be a slanderer and/or a talebearer will bring the wrath of God. Even to falsely brag on someone would be included in this sin.

X.) Thou shalt no covet:

This commandment differs from the others because they forbade the act and [this commandment condemns the desire to act]!

Covet means "to desire". You can look at all the laws of any land you will not see that this commandment is not written into any of them. Only God can look into the heart and know whether we have broken this commandment. This desire reveals the evil that is in our sinful flesh.

Luk 12:15  And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

There is only one exception to this law:

1Co 12:28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
1Co 12:29  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
1Co 12:30  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
1Co 12:31  [But covet earnestly the best gifts]: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

What do we see of Israel after receiving these commandments of God?

They knew they needed a "mediator"! They want Moses to deal with God on their behalf!

This met a need from their side but not from God’s side!

The next thing we see is an "Altar"!

The altar shows us God’s "Grace"!

We should realize that the Ten Commandments were never given to man as a means of salvation.

God does not authorize any salvation by works!

The only work we have to do, IS TO BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD!

These "Laws" are not a way of life but they rules of conduct!

God provided an "altar" for the times we have failed in obeying His Commandments. "We need to pray for His forgiveness".

*****This "Altar":

This altar was not to be made from man-made materials. No skill of man was needed to build this altar. The intent being that no man to take credit as a stone mason or in any other skill.

1Co 1:29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.

By no works of our own righteousness can we be forgiven!

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Tit 3:7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

A sinful man cannot go before God with anything that his own labors has produced!

God will reject all efforts of the natural man to redeem himself!

Man cannot climb up to Heaven by any steps that he thinks he has built!

It is a fact that Our bridge to Heaven is The Lord Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Christ that took all the steps to come to us.

1.) He made Himself of no reputation.
2.) He took upon Himself the form of a servant.
3.) He was made in the likeness of man.
4.) He, being found in fashion as a man He humbled Himself.
5.) He became obedient unto the death of the cross.

There are no steps for man to climb! When man tries to climb his own steps he shames the work of God!

The Cross is the one true "Altar" of God!

Let’s Pray!

God Provides All Our needs

God Will Always Provide For His People

Our Text: Exodus Chapters 16,17,18

It is a shame when the people of God can ride high on the mountain with joy and shouting but when things get just a little bit tough "faith" cannot be found. These children of Israel had been delivered from the bondage of slavery but that was now overlooked.

When our "faith" is weak then our testimony to the world is deplorable!

Jesus had these words:

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. [Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?]

We can look in America and around this world and we will see that true "faith" in the One True God is not on the scale that it should be. As a Christian we have been delivered, "our home is now Heaven" we are no longer slaves to the Devil. He can still cause problems and he will, but he can not cause us to loose our salvation.

So, Why do we murmer every time things don’t go the way we think they should?

It is still a Holy God that sits on His Throne. If we have the fear of the Lord that we should have, we will know that every thing God sends through our lives is the exact right thing we need at that time. God "will" provide for His children.

The daily gift of "Manna" was one of the most important provisions God gave to the people of Israel during their wilderness journey.

Jesus used "manna" to teach that He was the true bread from Heaven. In the Book of Revelation the angel promises all that are saved access to the hidden "manna".

The word "Manna" means "What is it". Manna was a raw material and not the finished product. We must put feet on the Word Of God and take it to others.

This "manna" did not exist in the wilderness, it was God sent for the occasion of Israel’s time in the wilderness.

They may have gotten tired of eating the "manna" but God never stopped supplying it until they reached the "Promised Land".

The leading of Israel into the Wilderness of Sin will bring out the strength of Moses’s "faith". These children of Israel were in full view of the road they had to travel and it was not a pleasant site. Every step they took led them away from the carnal world they had known and into a spiritual world they would find.

Moses was not ignorant of these things because he had spent forty years in this area tending sheep. He knew full well it would take a daily miracle to sustain these estimated at least two million people. God had trained him well but still his task was very great.

*****Our text:

Exo 16:1  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
Exo 16:2  And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
Exo 16:3  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Exo 16:5  And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
Exo 16:6  And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:
Exo 16:7  And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
Exo 16:8  And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.

After Pharaoh’s army was destroyed in the collapsing of the Red Sea and these redeemed of the Lord had made it to Elim(among the palms) an oasis, God had given Israel the rest of a month to prepare for the remaining journey. It had been thirty days since they had left Egypt.

Exo 12:6  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Exo 12:10  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
Exo 12:11  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.

What is the next thing we see?

They had been looking into the Wilderness they now had to travel and:

1.) They had forgotten, the whips and chains of bondage.
2.) They had forgotten the taskmasters.
3.) They had forgotten how evil that Pharaoh had been.
4.) They had forgotten all the "miracles of God".

ALL THEY COULD THINK OF WAS "SELF"!

Notice it was not just a few of the people but it was "all the congregation".

How many of our churches are filled with these "type" of people.

1.) People who have forgotten the slavery and bondage of Satan.
2.) People who have forgotten the Work of Jesus on the Cross.
3.) People who have forgotten how evil this world truly is.
4.) People who have forgotten the "miracle of Salvation and the Saviour"

In both cases when these sort look at the journey God has chosen they immediately "murmer and complain".

Remember it is God that must choose our path.

Exo 13:21  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
Exo 13:22  [He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people].

It is God who promises to never leave us.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, [I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee].

When we refuse to travel the path God has chosen, then we have chosen our own path to destruction.

These people then said something they should never have said:

"Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt"

This is taking the "Word Of God" in VAIN.

1.) God promised deliverance and He had done so.
2.) God promised they would be led safely to a place of worship and He was doing so.
3.) God had promised to be with them and He was still there.

There will be many of them, and those in this world that would fall by the hand of God and He will continue to do so.

Pro 29:1  He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

All these could show was the signs of "unbelief":

"for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger"

What we know is that it was impossible for them to die in the wilderness because they had the Word of God to Moses:

"When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain" (Exo 3:12)

What we should see as Christians is that this  "Manna" is in fact a "type" of food for our "souls"!

I.) The Manna represents the Word of God:

The "manna" represents the "Word of God", the true bread of life. It was the Apostle John, through the Holy Spirit that said the entire Word of God is fulfilled in Jesus.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

1.) The "manna" was a supernatural gift from God:

"Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you" (vs 4)

This "Manna" was not a product of this earth! This "Manna" was not made by man! This "Manna" was not something that Israel brought out of Egypt!

Though some teach that this "Manna" was something that was already in the wilderness they cannot explain how it grew all twelve months for 40 years and has not been seen since! How it was in every location of Israel’s travel no matter where they camped.

HOW THERE WAS ALWAYS ENOUGH TO FEED OVER 2 MILLION PEOPLE!

It is foolish to question the Word of God!

All these things can be said of the Word of God which is the "Spiritual Manna", food for our souls!

The Bible is our miracle "manna" given by Divine inspiration. The Word of God came down from Heaven as a gift of God.

To get a picture of the amount of "manna" gathered dailey:

a.) At least two million people.

Num 1:45  So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;
Num 1:46  Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.
Num 1:47  But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

This did not count women and children under twenty and those over fifty and the entire tribe of Levi.

b.) An "omer" is equivalent to six pints. In a grain this would be 12 million pints or 9 million pounds of grain gathered every day. (4,500 tons of grain)

It would take 10 trains each having 30 cars just to supply one day of food to these redeemed of God. This is over 1,000,000 tons a year for 40 years.

2.) This "Manna" came right to where the people were:

Exo 16:13  And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
Exo 16:14  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

There was no travel involved in gathering this food. It was right at hand, just outside the tent.

The same is true of the Word of God. It is right at hand to most people and if not God will send it to you.

Though it was sent the people of Israel had to leave their tent and go out to gather it. To the Christian believer, God will put His Word in our hands but We Must Take The Time To Read And Gather It Into Our Souls.

Many that do not believe and some that say they do will trample God’s Word under their feet!

3.) The "manna" was small in size.

"upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground"

The Apostle John wrote:

Joh 21:24  This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
Joh 21:25  And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

God has given us the sum total of His Word that if we read and believe will give us eternal life in Heaven. This wonderful "gift from Heaven" can be carried around in your pocket.

a.) It will make us wise to salvation.
b.) It will sustain our souls throughout our own wilderness travels.
c.) It is all that is needed to make us perfect in the eyes of God.
d.) It will lead us in the path of righteousness.

This "manna" was a small round thing with no angles and no rough edges.

The Word of God is perfect, whole and complete. There is nothing that can be added to God’s Word to make it more complete.

4.) The "Manna" was white in color.

Exo 16:31  And the house of Israel called the name there of Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

White is the emblem of purity. (The Word of God is Pure)

Psa 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psa 119:140  Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

Pro 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

There are no mistakes in God’s Word.
There are no contradictions in God’s Word.
There are no blemishes in God’s Word.
There is nothing that can be added to God’s Word to make it more pure than it is!

5.) The "Manna" was eaten.

The Word of God is not given for us to simply look at.

THE WORD OF GOD MUST BE EATEN AND DIGESTED!

WE MUST LEARN HOW TO FEED ON "THE WORD OF LIFE"!

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Word of God must be personal to us all:

Mat 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

I must ask!
I must seek!
I must apply God’s Word to my own self!

Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, [how shall he not with him also freely give us all things]?

Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your(Bobby Mayfield’s) need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When I come to a place in the Bible that condemns my ways, I MUST NOT SKIP OVER IT!
It is also written for me!

I must chew on the Word of God. I cannot just read it one time and say I understand it. I must continually chew on it and take it in to my heart or it will not nourish me.

Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; [and in his law doth he meditate day and night].

Does His Word not give you delight?

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

How can we not get delight from this scripture?

Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

How can I not be delighted by the fact that I can "walk", not run, not be afraid, through this life in the shadow of death and fear no evil.

My physical death is my door way to Heaven, my doorway to the Glory World!

6.) The "Manna" was gathered daily.

The manna that was gathered the day before would not be sufficient for today. A new supply must be gathered daily.

We cannot neglect the daily feeding of our soul just as we have to daily feed our bodies! To most believers they go to their local church on Sunday to be fed and then try to live off that for the entire week. We cannot do this with food for our bodies and we cannot do this with God’s Food for our souls.

7.) This "Manna" was gathered in the morning.

It was first thing in the morning before other things could interfere that the manna was gathered or it would have been gone.

We cannot allow God’s Word to take a second place to anything in this world. We must begin our day with God!

Remember it is not the amount of time spent in God’s Word but it is the amount of "Heart" which is put into that time!

8.) This "Manna" was obtained by labor.

Exo 16:21  And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

Jesus said in His own words:

Joh 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

The Bible says:

1Ti 4:9  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
1Ti 4:10  [For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach], because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
1Ti 4:11  These things command and teach.

Heb 4:11  [Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest], lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Our labor for ourselves cannot provide the things that only God can provide, but we must labor as a worker for the things that God teaches. We must put forth an effort in the service of God.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

9.) The "Manna" was gathered by stooping.

We must humble ourselves before God!

Psa 119:18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psa 119:19  I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

10.) Some gathered more manna and some gathered less manna.

Exo 16:17  And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.

Some people take in the Old Testament or just parts of it. Some take in the New Testament or just parts of it.

We must take in the entire Word of God!

2Ti 3:16  [All scripture] is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

11.) What was gathered must be used.

Exo 16:19  And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.

The Word of "truth" must not be hoarded up! As the Lord gives us opportunities in our walk with Him we must pass His Word on to others.

12.) The "Manna" cannot be understood by the natural man.

Exo 16:15  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, [It is manna: for they wist not what it was]. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

The word "Manna" means "What is it".

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

God gave us a commandment to live by:

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20  [Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you]: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What God has commanded us, He gave to us in His Holy Word, The Bible.

13.) This "Manna" was despised by many in the multitude.

Num 11:4  And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Num 11:5  We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
Num 11:6  But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

There are more in this world that despise the Word of God than love it.

Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, [Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them]: but gather the wheat into my barn.

14.) The "Manna" was preserved in the Ark.

Exo 16:33  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.

The New Testament tells us:

Heb 9:4  Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, [wherein was the golden pot that had manna], and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

The "manna" was not to be stored up in the tents, not even for one single day. It was preserved in the House of God, the Tabernacle, for almost 40 years. It was to be kept till the Promised Land was reached.

This tells us that the Word Of God will be preserved throughout all the ages. Then when we face Christ Jesus we will facing the true Word of God. We will then and only then not need the written Word of God.

15.) The "Manna" was gathered until the Promised Land was reached.

Exo 16:35  And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

God has an inexhaustible supply for His people.

1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

We must have a daily feeding of the Word of God and God will make sure that His Word will be there for all who seeks Him!

Jeremiah said:

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and [I did eat them]; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: [for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts].

We should become more like Jeremiah and less like this world we live in.

II.) The "Manna" is a "Type" of Christ:

The Bible says:

Psa 40:7  [Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me],
Psa 40:8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

John wrote:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.

John wrote these words of Our Lord Jesus:

Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

If we feed off God’s Word then we are feeding on Jesus Christ!

Jesus explains this "Manna":

Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Joh 6:34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, [I am the bread of life]: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

There could be no doubt to Israel and there can be doubt to any that study the Word of God!

1.) God gave this "Manna".

It is hard to believe that after all the miracles that were seen by the new nation of Israel that they could have such unbelief in the Word of God. Instead of judgment God sent them the "Manna".

To make a comparison, after some more than two thousand years later even though the world had forgotten the Word of God.

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

God sent the true and "Living Manna". Instead of judgment God sent His Son!

2.) The "Place" the manna was sent.

God had sent the manna when Israel arrived in the "Wilderness of Sin".

Exo 16:1  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the [wilderness of Sin], which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

There could be no more fitting place.

What is a wilderness? It is a homeless place. No one would think of building a house there. What do we see at the birth of Christ?

Luk 2:6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Luk 2:7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; [because there was no room for them in the inn].

In the Word of Jesus:

Mat 8:20  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Jesus also came to the "wilderness of Sin".

Joh 1:5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

3.) The "Glory Of The Lord" was linked to the giving of the manna.

Exo 16:10  And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, [the glory of the LORD] appeared in the cloud.

This is the very first time in scripture we see the phrase, "Glory of the Lord".

And the Living Manna, (the Word became flesh) and the Glory of God was shone to the world.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The "Glory of God" is seen in the "face in the face of Jesus.

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

4.) The "Manna" came down from Heaven.

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

Our Lord Jesus was not a part of this earth.

Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

5.) The manna was a "Free Gift" from God.

Exo 16:15  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

The manna was a token of God’s love. It could not be bought by wage or deeds, and it was not some prize that had to be won. God made no demand of repayment.

And Our Lord Jesus:

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, [that he gave his only begotten Son], that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2Co 9:15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

God makes no demand for payment!

6.) The manna was sent to the Israelites.

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, [I will rain bread from heaven for you]; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

The manna was for the elect of God.

And Jesus said:

Joh 17:19  And [for their sakes] I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Jesus is given to all he has ordained to eternal life.

Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Jesus is the bread of life to the Church.

Mat 1:21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

7.) The Manna was sent to the place it was needed.

The children of Israel were in danger of starvation. They only had to step outside their tent to get their meal.

"and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. " (Vs.13,14)

And to the "believer" God says:

Rom 10:6  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Rom 10:7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Rom 10:8  But what saith it? [The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach];
Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

8.) Each individual must gather his own manna.

"Gather of it every man according to his eating" (Vs. 15)

To the believer, receiving Jesus Christ is a personal matter:

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Those that believe not will be ashamed:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

The Apostle Paul said and every believer should say:

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, [who loved me, and gave himself for me].

9.) The manna fulfilled a daily need.

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and [gather a certain rate every day], that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

And to the believer:

We need a daily dose of Jesus Christ!

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

That daily bread being the Word of God and the Living Word, Jesus Christ Himself!

Jesus said:

Joh 6:47  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

10.) The appetite determined the amount of manna gathered.

Exo 16:16  This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
Exo 16:17  And the children of Israel did so, [and gathered, some more, some less].

As believers, we can all have as much Christ as we desire. If we choose to feed the flesh more then the flesh will dominate our behavior. If we feed the Spiritual side more WE WILL BE MORE LIKE CHRIST!

11.) The manna was despised by all those that were not the Lord’s people.

Num 11:4  And [the mixt multitude that was among] them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Num 11:5  We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
Num 11:6  But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

Isaiah prophesied this of Jesus:

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

We know this was true of Our Lord and still is today. Those that are blinded by the Devil are incapable of seeing the Beauty of Jesus Christ. They neither come to Him nor desire Him!

12.) The "Manna" fell upon the dew and not upon the dust of the ground.

Num 11:9  And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

Man is made from the dust of the ground!

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

We know that because of the curse all flesh was in sin.

But Our Lord Jesus Christ came in a prepared body of flesh that was not from the dust of the ground and so not of the curse of sinful flesh.

Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, [but a body hast thou prepared me]:

The angel said:

Luk 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

13.) The Manna was white.

Exo 16:31  And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, [white]; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

This speaks of the spotless purity of Jesus Christ!

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, [who knew no sin]; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet [without sin].

Heb 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is [holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners], and made higher than the heavens;

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, [as of a lamb without blemish and without spot]:

Only Jesus Christ could touch the leper without becoming contaminated!

I was a leper wrapped in filthy rags until I met the pure, sinless Saviour!

14.) The manna was sweet to the taste.

"the taste of it was like wafers made with honey" (Vs 16:31)

In The Song of Solomon we find a description of Our Lord:

Son 2:3  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. [I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste].

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

15.) The manna was ground and baked.

Num 11:8  And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

This speaks of the sufferings of Our Lord:

Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

16.) The manna was preserved on the Sabbath.

Exo 16:23  And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
Exo 16:24  And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has been the only one preserved through death. Jesus lay in the grave on the Sabbath day and was kept from corruption.

Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

17.) The manna was laid up before the Lord.

Exo 16:33  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and [lay it up before the LORD], to be kept for your generations.

And Christ Jesus:

Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

18.) The manna was called angel’s food.

Psa 78:25  Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.

And of Our Lord:

Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb 1:5  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Heb 1:6  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

The angels also worship Our Lord Jesus Christ.

19.) The manna was given in the night.

Num 11:9  And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it. 

This is a picture of man’s helplessness.

Joh 1:5  [And the light shineth in darkness]; and the darkness comprehended it not.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

20.) The Manna is now hidden.

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; [To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna], and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

When Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven He is unseen to the eye.

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

*****Chapter 17

The Smitten Rock:

Exo 17:1  And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
Exo 17:2  Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
Exo 17:3  And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
Exo 17:4  And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
Exo 17:5  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
Exo 17:6  Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Exo 17:7  And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?

What we should be learning from these scriptures is that in our journey on the path of "Faith" we are going to encounter things that our flesh just does not like. God will try to wean us from this carnal world so we will need to rely totally on Him.

We will see these things as failures but the proof of them is Our Longsuffering God and His Patience in training us for the work ahead.

Satan will use the same old things to discourage us until they don’t work anymore and he will then try something else. HE WILL NEVER QUIT!

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1Pe 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

God uses these same things to make us strong!

Remember it was God that led the children of Israel to this place of Rephidim, where there was no water.

It is a true saying that "IF GOD WILL LEAD YOU TO IT, THEN GOD WILL LEAD YOU THROUGH IT!

That word "chide" means "to blame" and Moses asked them "why blame me?" and then he said "why do you tempt the Lord"

Moses had only followed the cloud and the cloud had stopped but the cloud was still there providing the comfort of shade to all.

Exo 13:21  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
Exo 13:22  [He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day], nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

You know God does not work on our schedule but He demands that we have "Faith" in Him:

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God will fulfill every "promise" that He makes!

Moses did not fall into the trap of arguing with these people this time but went straight to the Lord.

This is to be more like Christ.

1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

It is the Lord that has all the answers:(Vs 17:6)

"Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel"

There can be no misunderstanding of this passage because God explains what it means:

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1Co 10:5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

God says Himself that this "rock" is a "type" of Christ!

The "Rock" is one of the titles of Jehovah God!

Deu 32:15  But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed [the Rock of his salvation].

Samuel wrote by the Holy Ghost these words of David:

2Sa 22:2  And he said, [The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer];
2Sa 22:3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
2Sa 22:4  I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

1.) My rock
2.) My fortress
3.) My deliverer
4.) My shield
5.) My salvation
6.) My high tower
7.) My refuge
8.) My Saviour

This "Rock" is worthy to be praised! This is MY LORD! This is MY MESSIAH! This is My CHRIST JESUS! This is MY GOD!

Jesus said:

Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, [Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God].
Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

That "Rock" is Christ, the Son of the Living God.

We cannot be confused the "Rock" was not Peter!

a.) This is the "Rock" that cannot be moved!

Job 18:4  He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? [and shall the rock be removed out of his place?]

b.) This the solid ground, the solid foundation of the Church!

Mat 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Mat 7:25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

c.) This the "Rock" that will ground all that is evil and all false religion into powder!

Mat 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

d.) This is the "Rock" that is elevated above all others!

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

*****But What do we see of this "Rock"?(Vs 17:6)

"thou shalt smite the rock"

This of course tells us of the Cross that Jesus bore by Himself!

Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, [smitten of God], and afflicted.
Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

This "Rock" would now be come the "Fountain of Life"!

"there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink"

The Bible say the Holy Spirit will be "poured out" on the Church:

Act 2:18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will [pour out] in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Jesus Christ said:

Joh 4:10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Joh 4:11  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Joh 4:12  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Remember what the Bible said?

1Co 10:4  [And did all drink the same spiritual drink]: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Remember there is no such thing as a believer who has not received the Holy Ghost!

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

The water, the Living Water, that flowed from this smitten "Rock" is the sign of God’s "GRACE" to a dry and thirsty Soul.

And where sin abounds, "Grace" will much more abound.

There was no flow of this "Living Water" until after this "Rock" was smitten!

There was no flow of the "Living Water" until the death of Jesus on the Cross!

And what should we say?

2Co 9:15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

*****We do find one more thing to be mentioned at this time:

Num 20:7  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 20:8  Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
Num 20:9  And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
Num 20:10  And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
Num 20:11  And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
Num 20:12  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

We see that the "Rock" was not to be smitten a second time! This took away from the "type" the "lesson" God was teaching. This gets deeper than we will go into at this time but just to mention:

Once Christ was raised from the dead, He will never die again.

Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

The Son of God will only be offered once for our sin.

Heb 9:25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
Heb 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

What we see is that God’s man Moses, God’s servant, failed because there can only be "One Perfect Servant"!

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Moses lost his temper with the children of Israel and could not then lead them into the Promised Land.

God is very jealous of even of "His Own Typology"!

All Moses had to do was to speak to the "Rock" to be obedient to the Lord!

"speak ye unto the rock before their eyes" (Numbers 20:8)

The Bible says:

Jas 4:1  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Jas 4:2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

*****Amalek

Our text:

Exo 17:8  Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
Exo 17:9  And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
Exo 17:10  So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Exo 17:11  And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Exo 17:12  But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Exo 17:13  And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
Exo 17:14  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
Exo 17:15  And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
Exo 17:16  For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

In the study of "types" there is no better place in the Bible to find this story of Amalek. Just after the "Rock" and the gushing out of the "water".

We can believe that the Rock is in "type" Christ Jesus and the Water is in "type" The Holy Spirit then when they are put together in our lives comes Salvation.

What does Paul say by the Holy Spirit?

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17  {For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh}: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

We must not be ignorant. This battle with Amalek is in "type" a picture of a Born Again child of God and his battle with his own flesh.

The title Amalek means "warlike".

The Apostle Peter tells us:

1Pe 2:11  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, [abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul];

What do we know of this Amalek?

Moses said:

Deu 25:17  Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
Deu 25:18  How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and [he feared not God].

When did Amalek come to fight against Israel?

When Moses had smitten the Rock twice and the waters were given. Israel was now called on to fight. Now we know Israel had not had to fight in Egypt during their bondage nor at the Red Sea against Pharaoh’s army.

Now just after the "type" of the Holy Spirit was given to them warfare commenced.

What do we know?

It is not until a Christian has been Born Again and filled with the Holy Spirit that we will begin our war with "our own flesh".

2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: [that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust].

Until the Holy Spirit begins to shine His light upon our wicked hearts, we do not realize the power of the evil that lives within us. To be saved we had to realize we were sinners.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

That same sin nature is still with us even after we are saved and washed in the blood of Jesus.

To be honest most new Christians will be astounded to discover the tendencies and desires that are within him that he never knew he had.

The lost man is entirely under the dominion of the flesh! He serves his lust and does its will. The FLESH DOES NOT FIGHT ITS SUBJECTS, NO, IT RULES OVER ITS SUBJECTS!

Just as soon as the lost is Born Again the war begins. Remember God does not change people. GOD MAKES A NEW CREATURE!

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

As we have said, Moses wrote Amelek did not fear God. Galatians 5:17 says: "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

1.) What we see is in this passage is that Israel’s success was determined by the uplifted hands of Moses.

Exo 17:11  And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

The uplifted hands then symbolized Prayer:

Psa 28:2  Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

2.) Moses hands grew heavy.

Luk 18:1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

How sadly we fail in such things even our prayer life.

3.) Moses was not alone.

In "type" Aaron, the head of the Priesthood of Israel represents Our great High Priest Christ Jesus.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

In "type" Hur, means light which represents the Holy Spirit in which our strength comes.

Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And together:

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

4.) It is not by prayer alone that we can fight our own flesh.

"And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword"

We have to be washed in the Word of God:

Heb 4:12  [For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword], piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

If we feed our Spiritual side more than our fleshy side we will win these battles!

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul teaches us this way:

1Co 9:26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Co 9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

5.) Amalek was not destroyed.

We will have to battle our flesh until the day God takes us home.

Paul writes again:

Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

We must Spiritually put our flesh to death and not allow our flesh to rule our lives!

6.) God warned Israel:

Deu 25:17  Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;

We should learn from Isaiah:

Isa 40:30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
Isa 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It is God that sits on the throne!

Remember without Jesus Christ we can do nothing:

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: [for without me ye can do nothing]. 

*****Our text Chapter 18:1-27

Mose’s Wife:

Exo 18:1  When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;
Exo 18:2  Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,
Exo 18:3  And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
Exo 18:4  And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
Exo 18:5  And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
Exo 18:6  And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

Again in these scriptures we see that the Book of Exodus is not in chronological order but it is in God’s order.

In chapter 16 we know that the "Manna" is a type of Christ.
In chapter 17 we know it speaks of the "Cross" of Christ.
In chapter 17 we know that "Amalek" is a type of the believers own battle with his flesh after salvation.

We know this will go on until the "Rapture" of the Church and the end of the Church Age.

In chapter 18 we will see that Zipporah is a type of the return of Israel to the Lord after the Church Age has ended.

So we are not confused, Zipporah has been separated from Moses. As we know Jesus said "I will never leave you nor forsake you". Therefore the Church has never and will never be separated for Our Lord. Therefore this wife of Moses cannot be in "type" the Church!

Zipporah is the figure of Israel, the "Wife" of Jehovah God:

Isa 54:6  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although [I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD]:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

We know that Israel is now alienated from God during the Church Age:

Hos 2:2  Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;

We know that Israel will be restored during the Millennial Kingdom which happens after the Church is called out of this world.

Isa 54:4  Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: [for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more].
Isa 54:5  [For thy Maker is thine husband]; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
Isa 54:6  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
Isa 54:7  [For a small moment have I forsaken thee]; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8  [In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment] but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

If we go back to Exodus 4 we find that Zipporah separated from Moses because he was a bloody husband:

Exo 4:25  Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
Exo 4:26  So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

This in "type" points to the failure of Israel under the Law given to Moses.

This point we need to understand because we need to understand the separation and differences of the return of Christ to Israel at the second coming of Our Lord and the Rapture of the Church when Christ returns to get His Church. This is two separate events on God’s calender!

We know that Israel was alienated from God through the offence of the Cross!

BUT THAT SAME BLOOD:

The Blood is the Life-line of the Church!

Paul explains it this way:

1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
1Co 1:23  [But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock], and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Israel stumbled at the "Blood-shedding". This was the stumbling block to Zipporah!

We can also see that Zipporah bore unto Moses "two" sons. This happen to Joseph and also to Isaac. This in "type" represents the divided kingdom (Judah and Israel) when the "Wife" was succeeded by her two sons.

This has never happened to the Church.

Even the names of those two sons are significant:

1.) Gershom:

Which means "a stranger there". This speaks of the dispersion when Israel was away from her land. This land was not restored until May 14, 1948 and has been a matter of world news ever since.

2.) Eliezer:

Which means "God is my helper". Though Israel has been and still is scattered all around this world God has not forgotten them and He has helped them throughout all these years. Even they know this to be true!
But they will not realize the full truth of it until they have been restored to God and this only after they go through the "tribulation Period of seven years. This will not be a part of the Church which will be in Heaven by this time.

We must also notice that these two sons were not restored to Moses until Moses had become Israel’s leader and was by then the "Lawgiver".

Israel can not be restored until their rejected Messiah has returned to Earth as their Lord and King.

In "type’ the Mount of God ":

Exo 18:5  And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:

speaks of God’s Kingdom:

Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

Isa 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

This is where the Lord will return at His second coming:

Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, [upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever]. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

What we see next to the astonishment of many non-believers is this wife of Moses(Zipporah, in type Israel) was delivered to Moses BY A GENTILE.

Jethro was a Midianite!

This speaks of the Book of Revelation:

Rev 12:14  [And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place], where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Rev 12:15  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Rev 12:16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Isaiah said it like this:

Isa 18:7  In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

Moses became a witness to Jethro of all the things God had done:

*****Exo 18:8  And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.

This is in type represents the Gentiles of the Millennium who will then learn fully how the Lord had preserved Israel, not only through all these centuries since their dispersion but also through the Tribulation Period.

Rev 21:24  [And the nations of them which are saved] shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

In the Millennium all hatred of the Jew will be removed:

Mic 4:1  But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
Mic 4:2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Jethro said these words:

Exo 18:11  Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

All the people on earth will have this same story at the beginning of the Lords reign on this earth!

Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isa 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

In the scripture from Exodus 18:13-27 shows us the failures of Moses.

When Moses listened to the words of Jethro without consulting God he was wrong. God had placed Moses in his position and had told Moses that He(God) would travel with Him and tell him what he needed to do in every situation.

Jethro showed no concern for the things of God but thought only of the welfare of Moses:

Exo 18:18  [Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee]; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Though some people we know try to tell we are working too hard for Christ Jesus and going to Church to often, they are only looking out for our flesh. We must let God look after out flesh. It is He that provides our strength to be about His work.

You know the family and friends of Christ Jesus said the some things of Our Saviour:

Mar 3:20  And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Mar 3:21  [And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside ]. himself

I am sure glad Jesus did not listen to His friends but continued in the Work of God!

In our own service to God we must mortify our flesh because our flesh is weak:

Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

WE CANNOT SERVE GOD IN OUR FLESH AND NEITHER COULD MOSES!

Even the Apostle Peter confronted Christ Jesus about His "flesh":

Mat 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Mat 16:22  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

We can see the rebuke of Our Lord. Moses should have rebuked Jethro also.

We can learn but one lesson in our service to Christ:

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The world will try its best to hinder the work of the Lord.

Exo 18:19  [Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel], and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

Sounds just like Satan talking to Eve in the Garden.

Exo 18:22  And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: [so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee].

The burden of Our Lord is light because He carried and still carries the heavy portion:

Has God not said?

Isa 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Did God not say?

Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

This is where we also fail in our service for the Lord. God never intended for us to be so burdened by the work that it would cause our own failure in doing it. That is not the testimony God would show the world of us!

God does not call us to the work because of our own abilities!

GOD CALLS US TO HIS WORK BECAUSE OF HIS POWER AND HIS ABILITIES!

When Moses complained to God, the Lord removed it but the honor of doing the work under God’s power was lost to him.

Num 11:16  And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
Num 11:17  And I will come down and talk with thee there: [and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them]; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

What we need is a daily filling of God’s Holy Spirit. We certainly do not want God to take of His Spirit and give it to others!

We should never want to be set aside in the work of the Lord. We should strive to be used of the Lord. He will never ask us to do unreasonable things:

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is your reasonable service].

We can see that Jethro would not travel with God’s People. He did not trust that Moses was going to a better place:

Num 10:29  And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses’ father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.
Num 10:30  [And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred].

It seems that Jethro(Hobab) like so many others trusted in the things of this world rather than the things of God.

The Bible says:

Psa 18:44  As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
Psa 18:45  The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

We will see the fulfillment of this when Satan is released after one thousand years to gather an army for his last battle:

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

To fulfil God’s Word we must then be planted like a post in concrete, steadfast and unmovable:

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, [that ye may be able to stand] against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, [and having done all, to stand].

AND HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND!

Let’s pray!

It Is Jehovah God That Leads His People

It Is Jehovah God That Leads His People

Our Text:

Exodus Chapters 13,14,15

We saw in chapter 12 many things but in 12:41 it plainly states that it was exactly 430 years to the exact day that they had been in Egypt.

Exo 12:41  And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, [even the selfsame day it came to pass], that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

This would have been from the time that Jacob (Israel) had taken his family to Egypt. It is by the tender compassion of the Lord God that we are all set free. Israel had a divine appointment as told to Abraham. God had displayed some of His "awesome" power but these things had not released these people from their bondage. It was not until the "Blood of the Lamb" was applied that brought redemption.

Israel was redeemed by the "Blood". They could now travel out of Egypt to the "Promised" land. If we watch the news we see that very same land is a hot topic in our day. Israel only has a portion of the land promised of God.

I believe people, especially Americans are so confused about this nation. Israel lives on a piece of land no bigger than the State of South Carolina where I live and yet there are those that would try to place two nations in this small area. If the Palestinian need a home you would think that the adjacent nations to Israel would move their own boundaries to allow this to happen but this has never really been the concern of these so called Palestinian.

They want what Israel has and nothing will satisfy them. There are really no Palestinian, as Palestine is an area much as North America, or South America or Europe. There has never been a nation called Palestine. Enough said.

Israel was redeemed only by the "Blood". It is by the "Blood" that made them to travel out of Egypt. It is by the "Blood" that comes life:

Deu 12:23  Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: [for the blood is the life]; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

The "Blood of the Passover Lamb" was given for a substitute for the life of the first born.

When we that believe say we are redeemed it is by the "Blood of Christ Jesus" IT IS TO BELIEVE THAT HIS LIFE WAS A SUBSTITUTE FOR OURS!

The "Blood" of Jesus is sufficient for all! Not one Israelite perished that applied the blood.

When the "Blood of Jesus" is applied not one "Soul" will ever suffer lost!

This plan of "Salvation" was GOD’S IDEA, IT WAS GOD’S PLAN. To question it or try to change it in any way will bring the "Wrath Of God".

Who are we as His Creation to decide spiritual matters that He has already decided upon. To Abraham, God said:

Gen 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, [God will provide "himself" a lamb] for a burnt offering: [so they went both of them together].

We cannot walk with God, WITHOUT THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!

It was John the Baptist that told the world:

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

It is through the shed "Blood of Jesus" that God redeems even in our day:

Col 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

When Jesus suffered and died on that cross He was a substitute for all our sins and not to forget, God’s wrath He would have sent to each of us, He sent also to that substitute, Jesus Our Lord, so that we will never see His "Wrath".

THE CHILD OF FAITH WILL NEVER SEE THE WRATH OF GOD!

These are the promises God makes to those that believe and become His "Own" children.

The first section of Exodus focused on God’s powerful saving presence. This next section will focus on God’s guiding light, His provision for His people, and His protection. This is a "type" of God’s redeemed as we travel through life’s journey after being "Born Again".

We can now focus on "God’s Presence" to those He has redeemed.

*****Our text:

Exo 13:1-22:

Exo 13:21  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
Exo 13:22  He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

What we see is that when God acts in "Grace" toward His people, He thereby lays claim to them! A redeemed people then become the property of God.

To the Church, He says:

1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

And Paul was given these words:

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Personal devotion is the first thing which God has a right to look for from His "blood bought" children.

In our journey God tells us:

Eph 4:17  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, [that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk], in the vanity of their mind,
Eph 4:18  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

We must remember why Christ Jesus even came to this Earth. He had one purpose!

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, [that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners]; of whom I am chief.

God lead the children of Israel out of Egypt:

Exo 12:51  And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

This was not a disorderly mob running for their lives. God is not the author of confusion. These people came out in an orderly fashion.

Exo 13:18  But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

That word "harnessed" means they came out as able bodied soldiers.

There was no weakness in these redeemed of God at this time:

Psa 105:37  He brought them forth also with silver and gold: [and there was not one feeble person among their tribes].

We also know of the bones of Joseph in which we can know the faith of Joseph:

Heb 11:22  By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

On the day of the "rapture" of the Church, the bones of all the believers will also make their journey with the redeemed.

In "type" the bones of Joseph bring a deeper meaning as a type of Christ:

2Co 4:9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Co 4:10  [Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body].
2Co 4:11  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

We might ask, Why did God choose the route they took.

Exo 13:17  And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, [Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt]:
Exo 13:18  But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

You see there are always those that will war with God’s people and God will show us His path to victory if we will only follow!

Psa 103:13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Psa 103:14  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

To the Church God says:

Jas 5:11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; [that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy].

As we travel in our daily walk with the Lord we need to stay on the path He has chosen for us. That is where we are the safest:

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psa 37:24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

We are never left alone to choose our own path!

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

God always has a purpose when He chooses our path!

1.) To the children of Israel, He would show His power over all His creation as He would part the Red Sea for them to walk across on dry ground.

1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
 
2.) To Pharaoh a "type" of Satan, He would show what happens when evil is in hot pursuit of God’s people. Satan will eventually be cast into that "burning lake of fire":

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

3.) God would take this time to reveal His laws without the distraction of being in the world.

Exo 20:1  And God spake all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

To the New Testament Church:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

4.) Israel would be organized into a nation of God fearing people.

Act 7:53  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

To the Church:

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

5.) It is when the redeemed are called that they will be:

a.) they will be humbled
b.) they will be tried
c.) they will be proved

This goes for the church also!

God will show His sufficiency to all His children!

And the journey begins:

Exo 13:20  And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.

To the Church our journey to Heaven, (The Promised Land), can only begin after we are redeemed by the "blood of Jesus".

Act 16:31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

This "pillar of the cloud" was the visible sign of the Lord’s presence with Israel!

This pillar did not change it’s form at day or night:

Exo 14:24  And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians [through the pillar of fire and of the cloud], and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

What do we learn from this?

1.) God’s "Cloud" was not given to Israel until they were redeemed.

That cloud is a "type" of the Holy Spirit. To the Church, the saint of God cannot receive the Holy Spirit until they redeemed through that prayer of faith and washed in the "blood of Jesus".

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 

Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

2.) This "Cloud" was a gift from God to Israel.

To the Church.

Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

3.) This "Cloud" was to guide Israel.

To the Church

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

4.) This "Cloud" was a light for Israel.

To the Church

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of the fear of the LORD;

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Joh 16:14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Joh 16:15  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

5.) That "Cloud" was for a covering(protection) for Israel.

Remember that wilderness was a desert with a burning sun. They were sheltered from that burning sun. A welcome relief to a slave that had been making brick to be baked by the sun.

To the Church

Eph 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

6.) God spake to Israel from this "Cloud".

Psa 99:7  He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
Psa 99:8  Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

To the Church

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Luk 9:34  While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
Luk 9:35  And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

7.) This same "Cloud" of light to the nation of Israel was a "Cloud" of [darkness] to the Egyptians.

Exo 14:19  And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
Exo 14:20  And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

To the Church

Mat 11:25  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Joh 14:17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

8.) The "Cloud" rested on the Tabernacle of God

Exo 40:34  Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

To the Church

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

9.) This "Cloud was not taken away from them in their journey.

Neh 9:19  Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.

To the Church

Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

10.) This "Cloud" will once again descend upon Israel.

Isa 4:5  And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
Isa 4:6  And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain
This will happen after the Church is in Heaven.

Rom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Rom 11:12  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

*****Our Text:

Exodus 14:1-18

Exo 14:13  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
Exo 14:14  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Exo 14:15  And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Exo 14:16  But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
Exo 14:17  And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
Exo 14:18  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

It is not so important to know the exact location where Israel had camped. What we should see is that Israel was shut in by the wilderness and the Red Sea was in front of them. To the people of Israel this would have looked like they had been led into a trap with no means of escape. They had no where to flee from the oncoming Egyptian army.

There are those that say "Pihahiroth" means "mouth of water" but what we will see is the greater meaning, "Place of Liberty"! It was in this place that Israel was indeed delivered from those that had held her in bondage for so long.

"Migdol" means "tower or fortress" and we will see that Jehovah God fulfilled this meaning.

When Pharaoh saw the predicament of Israel, he was determined to exact his vengeance on them.

As Israel was shut in by the wilderness so we see our on lives when we have little faith. It is not until we realize how much God loves us that we can obtain the "peace" that comes from our relationship with a Holy God.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

We must be spiritually minded for the truth is:

Rom 16:20  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

We are on the winning side and it is good to remember that when trouble is before us.

Pharaoh would see the "Lord of Judgment" who stands between him and God’s people. Pharaoh saw easy victims. He was blinded by Satan and had forgotten already that it was God that had taken his son and not Israel.

Pharaoh would see more God than he had ever known:

Zec 2:8  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: [for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye].

Terrible as the plagues had been something more, even his own death, would be required to humble this Pharaoh and his arrogant subjects. God would have to remove all fear of Egypt from the thoughts of Israel. The army of Egypt had not been used at any time during the time of the plagues and Pharaoh was confident in the power of his nation.

Sounds a lot like America. I hope our leaders never take a stand fully against God and place our military strength at a level to compare with the "Power of God". The results will always be the same. God does not loose any battles, nor any war!

The sight of this advancing army caused much fear in the children of Israel. In the first trial of their faith these people were failing.

We have only one cure for our fear, we must stay focused on the Lord!

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1Pe 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

This world is not going to get better:

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

They cried out to the Lord but not in faith and hope but ONLY IN COMPLAINT AND DESPAIR.

Are we not the same. Do we not lay our faith aside and only complain about our problems every day? Why does the Lord love us so much as we are certainly unworthy of such love.

They now confronted Moses. Unbelief will lead us to place the blame on everyone but on our own selves.

Jas 1:23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Jas 1:24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

The Lord had promised that they would worship Him and God does not break His promises!

Exo 3:12  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: [When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain].

It was God that had placed Israel in this predicament. They had been led by that "Pillar of Cloud". We are wrong when we expect our walk with God to be a smooth walk. It rarely is!

What we need to remember is that God will supply our every need in our walk with Him.

Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

And He will provide a way of escape:

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

These are the promises we need to keep our minds on and not the fear of our flesh.

A lesson we see most every time a "lost sinner is saved" is the fact that the "spite of the Devil" will be directed at this saved soul in a form of wrath just as this Pharaoh was seeking his wrath on Israel. Satan hates to loose those he has in bondage and will show his anger toward them. He cannot recapture them but he can and will try to destroy their testimony and show their lack of faith.

We will see here the failure of his efforts.

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

God will never desert His people!

Our text:

Exo 14:19  And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
Exo 14:20  And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
Exo 14:21  And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Exo 14:22  And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
Exo 14:23  And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
Exo 14:24  And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
Exo 14:25  And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
Exo 14:26  And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
Exo 14:27  And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
Exo 14:28  And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
Exo 14:29  But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
Exo 14:30  Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
Exo 14:31  And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.

In the words that God gave to Moses:

"Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day"

God told Abraham:

"Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (Gen 15:1)

God told Joshua:

"Fear not, neither be thou dismayed" (Joshua 8:1)

God told Gideon;

"fear not: thou shalt not die" (Judges 6:23)

God tells all the Jewish remnant in prophecy yet to come:

Isa 35:4  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, [fear not]: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

God tells the all those that will see His Kingdom:

Luk 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

God tells all His children:

Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

How can we "fear not"?

Isa 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isa 26:4  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

THAT’S WHY IT IS CALLED "FAITH".

We must stand still in these times of our demise! Our attempts to help our own self must end! We must "depend" on God to fight these battles!

Unbelief magnifies our problems to the point of allowing them to overwhelm us.

It is "faith" that raises us up above all our problems and straight to God Himself and allows us to standstill!

What we see in the end was:

Heb 11:29  By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

It is "faith" that will win our battles in the end!

"Faith" is not what we see with our own eyes, "faith is what we see spiritually".

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

What we realize is that we cannot "go forward" in the Lord until we have first "stood still" in the Lord.

When Moses lifted up that "rod of God" this time there would take place a miracle beyond belief right before the eyes of Israel and soon Egypt.

The waters of the Red Sea did not begin to divide until the feet of God’s children were on the very edge. Those waters did not part until it looked like they were going to get wet.

Their "faith" could not come by sight and neither can our faith come from what we see!

When those on the front stepped forward into the water, their feet touched only dry ground. Those waters parted as they took each step!

The Bible says:

Psa 106:7  Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.
Psa 106:8  Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
Psa 106:9  He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
Psa 106:10  And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
Psa 106:11  And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

Though the Egyptians pursued God would not allow them too. Again the "rod of God" closed the Sea upon the Egyptians and they all drowned.

"there remained not so much as one of them"

Those that attempt to do without faith, what a believer can do with faith will surely fail.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Joh 17:18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

Those that try to obtain Holiness without believing will not become Holy in the eyes of God. God simply will not allow it!

In "type" the crossing of the Red Sea is as Christ making a way through death for His people. The Red Sea is a picture of "death". Moses lifting up the "Rod of God" is a "type" of Christ. Death(Red Sea) completely destroyed Pharaoh and his subjects.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; [that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil];

To Israel "death" became the deliverer. Death held no power over them. Death became their friend.

Spiritually we can see that when "death" over takes the believer before the return of Christ, that "death" will only bring that soul into the presence of Christ.

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22  Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, [or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come]; all are yours;
1Co 3:23  And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

But sadly:

For the lost soul to meet death in the power of the flesh it is certain destruction!

The deliverance of Israel from the Red Sea illustrates to us the SUFFICIENCY OF GOD!

Isa 43:2  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

*****Our text:

Chapter 15:

This chapter records the first song recorded in the Bible. Long before any other song the Israelites were singing of that great day they passed through the Red Sea on dry ground. It is therefore a song of redemption.

To Israel:

Hos 13:14  I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

Jer 31:11  For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

To the Church:

If "ransoming" is the payment of the price of "redemption" then it is deliverance of those persons for who the price was paid.

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

We already have our down payment:

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Only a redeemed people can offer up "praise" to Our Lord.

When Moses memorialized this incident with song it was to insure that this event was never to be forgotten.

God cannot be our strength until He is first "Our Salvation"!

Two things we will learn as Christians after salvation is:

1.) There will be some wilderness training!

God has to remove all pride so we can be humbled.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

2Co 12:21  And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

2.) When we are in this wilderness, God will walk with us step by step.

Jas 5:11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Christ knew what it was to suffer and though we may suffer as He did, He will be with us at all times.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

God led His people through the wilderness to prove them:

Deu 8:2  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

To "prove" simply means God wants us to find out if we are sincere in our own hearts toward Him for He already knows. If we are sincere we will humble ourselves before Him!

What we see in "type" was as the children of Israel passed through the Red Sea they came out on resurrection ground. Their journey through the Red Sea is a "type" of a believer’s union with Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection.

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

It is on "Resurrection" ground where we as believers become that "New Creature". Therefore the world no longer has anything to offer us.

That old wilderness will be left behind as we walk in our new "Spiritual Life".

Those that cannot see the light of Jesus will make their homes in that wilderness of this world till they die.

"Faith" is the key that makes the difference in how we see our world.

The saved of God know this is not our home:

Heb 11:10  [For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God].

Heb 11:13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and [confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth].

*****Exo 15:22  So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and [they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water].

We will find that there is nothing on this earth that can minister to our "New Life" in the Lord Jesus. We find out our old life and it’s companions are now distasteful and unsatisfying. We will realize that sin only brought joy for a season.

Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, [than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season];

Nothing on this earth can quench the thirsty soul of God’s children:

Psa 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psa 63:2  To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Psa 63:3  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Jesus only can say:

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, [If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink].

*****Exo 15:23  And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.

As a child of God the things of this world become bitter and and we yearn for home:

Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Php 1:22  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
Php 1:23  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Php 1:24  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

It is then we should realize that we have a purpose. God left us on this earth for a reason. If we expect a peaceful life out of contact with this world, then that wilderness will teach us the truth. It will not be easy to be a Christian. We must start out and remain with the right point of view!

*****Exo 15:24  And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

Three days before this day Israel was praising God for His salvation. They now offer up something entirely different.

We must not forget that there is a reason for everything God does and He does all things for the "Right Reason".

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him [who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will]:
Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

This journey of Israel was written for us to learn by and this time is most important:

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

*****Exo 15:25  And he(Moses) cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

You know many think that they should take every little problem to their Pastor or Preacher so he can pray to the Lord for them and he will.

But through the cross, the vail was torn down that we all can and should pray ourselves for what ails us. This is to great a privilege for us to ignore.

God gave us His Word, the Bible, as a love letter to tell us how He will meet our needs. He gave us His "OPEN EAR" that we can tell Him of our Love for Him and also what needs we have. He already knows, so He wants to hear from us, He wants to hear our voices calling out to Him!

The Bible says:

Psa 103:10  [He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities].
Psa 103:11  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Psa 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Psa 103:13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Psa 103:14  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

It is because of Jesus we have this privilege:

Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

It is Jesus that paid for this privilege to contact our Father in Heaven:

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Why do we not take advantage of this and PRAY? We have only one rule for prayer:

1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

What did God show to Moses?

A TREE!

How could we miss this "type" of Christ?

The very first Psalm should be our song too:

Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

It is this "tree" that is a "type" of Christ:

1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This is the tree(the Cross) that makes the bitterness of this world so sweet to all that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

If we suffer with Him:

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
2Ti 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
2Ti 2:13  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

*****Exo 15:26  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Exo 15:27  And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

The Promise!

(IF)

Now that Israel was redeemed then they were expected to obey the Word Of God!

Grace abounds but "Grace is not lawlessness"!

Rom 5:  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God "through" our Lord Jesus Christ:

There is peace "through" Jesus!

The keeping of God’s commandments have nothing to do with our salvation!

BUT WE NEED GOD’S COMMANDMENTS SO WE WILL KNOW HOW TO WALK IN HIS WAYS!

If we fail to be obedient to God’s Word, HE WILL CHASETISE US!

"I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee"

GOD WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO HEAL IF HE HAD NOT HAD TO BRING THAT HEAVENLY HICKORY(plagues,diseases)

The we see that:

1.) The bitter waters of Marah.
2.) The "tree" that healed those waters.
3.) Now the wells of pure water and the palm trees for shade and refreshment.

Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

We will be in this land of peace one day and soon is the key word but we must know that if we do not come through the Cross on Golgotha’s hill we will never drink of that pure water!

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let’s Pray!

God Will Redeem His People

God Redeems His People

Our text:

Exodus 11, 12

We know as Christians that God saves one individual at a time. We have a personal, one on one, relationship with our Father who is in Heaven. This came only through the blood of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Once saved, Born Again, we each have our duty to be available for God’s work and in some cases God will call on certain ones for a more specific duty, such as Preachers, Pastors, Missionaries and other things.

What we see in the Book of Exodus is something different. God redeems an entire nation to serve Him.

Exo 4:21  And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
Exo 4:22  And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
Exo 4:23  And I say unto thee, [Let my son go, that he may serve me]: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

Paul wrote:

Rom 9:4  Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

This adoption was not individual as one lost being saved. No this adoption was an entire nation being singled out as objects of God’s special favors.

Jer 31:9  They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

The title "firstborn" speaks of honor and privilege and in the Bible times the firstborn was to receive a double portion.

The first request from Moses was for Israel to sacrifice unto the Lord:

Exo 3:18  And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, [that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God].

1.) This has not changed! The "blood" is still required to avert God’s judgment.

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Only as a sinner places the "blood of Jesus" between himself and a Holy God can we stand in His presence.

2.) Only after this, can come service!

Dan 3:17  If it be so, [our God whom we serve] is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

3.) Only after this comes the feast!

To the Jew the feasts of the Tabernacle.

To the child of God the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

This contest between Pharaoh and Jehovah was almost ended. This king had passed many opportunities to repent. Warning after warning and plague after plague had been sent yet he refused the Word of God.

God does not back down nor bend His rules to make it easier for repentance. There is only one way to become friends with this God:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

This Pharaoh only had one answer up until this time:

Exo 5:2  And Pharaoh said, [Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice] to let Israel go? [I know not the LORD], neither will I let Israel go.

Pharaoh had seen the wrath of God and he would now see the judgment of God.

*****Our text:

Exo 11:1  And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
Exo 11:2  Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.
Exo 11:3  And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
Exo 11:4  And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
Exo 11:5  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.
Exo 11:6  And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
Exo 11:7  But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Exo 11:8  And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.
Exo 11:9  And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.
Exo 11:10  And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

"One More Plague"

The Bible says:

Psa 78:43  How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:
Psa 78:44  And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
Psa 78:45  He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
Psa 78:46  He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.
Psa 78:47  He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.
Psa 78:48  He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
Psa 78:49  He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
Psa 78:50  He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
Psa 78:51  And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

There is no withstanding the angel of death! No amount of wealth and certainly no amount of science can provide deliverance from death:

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

The Palace was not more secure than the servant quarters.

In verse two we see the word "borrow". Many say that God teaches His people to be deceptive and dishonest but nothing could be further from the truth.

The Hebrew word "sha’al was translated in this verse as "borrow". This Hebrew word is used 168 times in the Old Testament, 162 times it is translated "ask, beg, or require".

Even though this is true, why should the Lord tell his people to "ask" anything from a people that for at least 80 years had made slaves of Israel. They had never been paid for the work done in those many years. Lawfully they were entitled to those things as payment.

Spiritually speaking the world owes a great debt for the presence of God’s people. It was Christians that began most all charitable institutions and also most of the schools and hospitals.

We can be sure that on the day of the "rapture" the world will see the true blessing of the Church depart from it for several years.

God will always fulfill His promises:

Exo 3:21  And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, [ye shall not go empty]:

God had also told Abraham these things:

Gen 15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and [afterward shall they come out with great substance].

*****all the firstborn shall die

It is a tremendous loss for any soul to be judged of God because he truly wants us all to join Him in Heaven.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; [but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that "any" should perish], but that all should come to repentance.

When a lost soul crosses our path and when given the opportunity we do not witness to them of salvation it may have been their last chance and they may end up in Hell.

This Pharaoh had rejected to even consider that the Israelite people should worship their God. They were an abomination to him and his people and he considered their value to be only as slaves with no rights at all. In how many nations has this not taken place, even in America.

We can dwell on the death of these that could have repented and gone with the Israelite people or we can look upon those that were not harmed because of obedience.

It is a right saying to repeat:

Pro 9:10  [The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom]: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Pro 9:11  For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

But to be foolish:

Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but [fools despise wisdom and instruction].

To be a Christian and to fear the Lord is to believe that He will never do anything that is unrighteous.

Jer 4:2  And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.

Jer 23:6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Paul wrote to the Church in Rome:

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and [to make his power known], (endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction):
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Why not just punish this Pharaoh? We can be sure that this nation treated this Pharaoh as a god and stood by him.

Exo 14:17  And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and [they shall follow] them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
Exo 14:18  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

You see the Lord does put a difference in those that obey the Word of God and those that do not!

"that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel"

God shows the Power of His "Grace"!

God has one rule for Himself:

Rom 9:14  [What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid].
Rom 9:15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, [but of God that sheweth mercy].
Rom 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

This same God sits on the throne today:

1Co 4:7  [For who maketh thee to differ from another?] and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

That answer is that, It is God that makes the difference and It is God that chooses those to receive His "Grace".

There is no creature in this world that is not under the direct control of this Almighty God!

Morally the children of Israel were no better than these Egyptians:

Lev 17:7  And they shall [no more] offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

Joshua said:

Jos 24:14  Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: [and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt]; and serve ye the LORD.
Jos 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

We can see that the people of Israel also worshipped the false gods of Egypt.

God had said:

Eze 20:6  In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:
Eze 20:7  [Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt]: I am the LORD your God.

What we see is that God delivered Israel not because of any worthiness but simply because He had promised Abraham.

What do we see in "typology"?

1.) Israel was in bondage to a cruel king.

(the natural man a captive of the Devil)

2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2.) They cried out because of their bondage not knowing the Redeemer at that time.

(the natural man finally realizing that he is a sinner and aware of his lost condition)

We can know God also hears the cries of the poor and wretched. God remembered HIS COVENANT before they had "faith".

You see God raised up His redeemer before anyone knew they needed one!

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

You see God made a Covenant with His Son Jesus Christ before the foundation of this world which is the basis of His respect for the Church.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4  [According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world], that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

3.) When Pharaoh heard of God’s intentions we see that he increased the burdens of the children of Israel

We can be sure that whenever Satan senses that of one of his, has realized their lost condition he will immediatly increase their burden for evil and not for good. Satan will distort the word of God!

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, [Yea, hath God said], Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

We see more and more versions of God’s Word (or so called) that does this very thing.

The Blood, The Virgin Birth, The Bodily Resurrection of our Lord being set aside by these perversions of God’s WORD.

It is not until that lost soul turns away from everything [in his own self] and puts his trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ that salvation and then peace of soul is obtained:

Rom 4:5  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

When we realize we have no righteousness:

Isa 64:6  [But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags]; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

And this will lead to death of the soul:

Rom 6:23  [For the wages of sin is death]; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We cannot know the gift of God, which is eternal life [but only through Jesus Christ our Lord!]

*****Our Text:

Exo 12:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Exo 12:2  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Exo 12:3  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
Exo 12:4  And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
Exo 12:6  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
Exo 12:7  And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
Exo 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
Exo 12:9  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
Exo 12:10  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
Exo 12:11  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
Exo 12:12  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
Exo 12:13  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Exo 12:14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

Again we will see in these scriptures that God will put a difference between His children and those of Satan. It will be so in the "rapture of the Church" and it will be so in His millennial reign on this earth and it will  be so throughout at the White throne of Judgment!

One might ask, what is that difference? That difference is God’s "Grace"!

Though the Egyptians and the Israelites were the same in "SIN":

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

God’s Holiness could not then and cannot now ignore "Sin"!

1.) God made no exceptions for the angels:

2Pe 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

2.) Even those of the church were at one time the children of wrath:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

3.) God did not even make an exception for His Son:

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

4.) God will not ever clear those guilty of "sin":

Exo 34:7  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, [and that will by no means clear the guilty;] visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

There is no REPRIEVE FOR SIN!

Only a merciful God could come up with a solution!

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Still every demand for justice had to be satisfied. Every claim of Holiness had to be met.

THERE HAD TO BE A SUBSTITUTE!

The sentence of death had to fall on an INNOCENT victim!

God described our own world and our own nation of America for us:

Isa 1:6  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Isa 1:7  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

We need only look at the place we live to know that this is still true.

IT WAS ONLY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT LAMB THAT MERCY COULD MEET RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Psa 85:7  Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
Psa 85:8  I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
Psa 85:9  Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
Psa 85:10  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

This true story we have of God redeeming the children of Israel from Egypt is in "type" the Lord Jesus Christ as He went to that cross to redeem all that believe on Him.

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. [For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us]:
1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Jesus Christ was our "Passover" that brought to us "Life" eternal.

It was the Lord’s Passover:

Exo 12:11  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: [it is the LORD’S passover].

The death of our Lord "Glorified God" even if none were saved by the doing of it.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Joh 17:4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Joh 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

You see God did provide Himself a LAMB that we may be saved through His Work!

Gen 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, [God will provide "himself" a lamb] for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

We as believers are "justified" freely by His "Grace" through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

It is Jesus Christ who paid the price of our salvation as our substitute:

Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, [and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour].

Heb 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: [but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself].

This Jesus will return:

Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:13  [From henceforth expecting] till his enemies be made his footstool.

We will see in these scriptures the most complete picture in "type" of the sacrificial work of the Lord Jesus Christ:

I.) "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you"

God told Israel that only from this point was the time of the existance of Nation of Israel to be counted. Not the passover night(14th and 15th) but the first of this month.

As Christ Jesus was that Lamb what we see now is a world that is dated back to the Birth of Christ. (BC) Not the year of the world but the Year of the Lord. There has never been anyone besides our Lord that has so influenced this world. When Jesus came it changed the entire calender

But greater than that is the relationship of the believer:

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Because of the work of Jesus Christ everyone that believes will begin life anew.

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

II.) "Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb"

We see that this lamb was separated from the flock appointed to death four days before it was actually slain.

What we know is that Jesus Christ was marked for death before He was actually slain on the cross:

Mat 26:2  Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Mat 26:3  Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
Mat 26:4  And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.

The day Jesus said this is (1) the two day (1+2) and the day of (1+2+1=4)

Add:

1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

We know in numerology that the number four represents the "world":

Jesus was also singled out for death four years before He was crucified:

Num 14:34  After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even forty days, each day for a year], shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

(4 days)

Eze 4:6  And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: [I have appointed thee each day for a year].

Jesus was in the fourth year of His ministry when He was slain and John the Baptist had said:

Joh 1:36  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

This was the beginning of the ministry of the Lord. (Each day for a year)

Some also point out that as Jesus could not begin His ministry until the age of 30 by Jewish law then 30= 3 times 10. It was on the tenth day the lamb was chosen to be slain under the command of Moses.

III.) "Your lamb shall be without blemish"

Lev 22:21  And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, [it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein].
Lev 22:22  Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the LORD, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the LORD.

Nothing but a perfect sacrifice could ever satisfy the requirements of God, who in Himself is Perfect!

A sinner can never atone for another sinner and not for himself!

God can only be satisfied with that which will "glorify" Him.

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

God said:

Mat 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, [This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him].

It is God who called Jesus worthy of the death at that cross on Calvary’s Hill.

Jesus Christ was the only "lamb" without blemish!

IV.) "a male of the first year"

This lamb was to be one tear old, the fulness of it’s strength.

To apply this to Jesus we know that He died for us:

1.) Not in old age.
2.) Not in childhood.
3.) Not in boyhood.
4.) Not in His youth.

Jesus died for us in the fulness of His MANHOOD.

Psa 102:24  I said, O my God, take me not away [in the midst of my days]: thy years are throughout all generations.

What do we see in these scriptures?

1.) Verse 3 says "a lamb"
2.) Verse 4 says "the lamb"
3.) Verse 5 says "your lamb"

When we accept the Lord Jesus as our Saviour we realize it is a personal relationship.

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, [who loved me, and gave himself for me].

V.) "the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening"

We can see how this verse was fulfilled. When it was decided by the assembly of Israel to release Barabbas, Pilate did this by popular vote of the Jewish nation. They all yelled "crucify Him".

Mar 15:8  And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.

Mar 15:12  And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
Mar 15:13  And they cried out again, Crucify him.
Mar 15:14  Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
Mar 15:15  And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

In a like manner it is true that the sins of every individual believer was what put Jesus on that cross:

1Pe 2:24  [Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree], that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

VI.) "the fourteenth day"

This is the exact time when Jesus died on that cross! Between the evenings of the fourteenth day the fifteenth day.

The ninth hour would be three o’clock by today’s clocks!

Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mat 27:47  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Mat 27:48  And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Mat 27:49  The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Mat 27:50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

VII.) "shall kill it in the evening"

Even in Jerusalem at this very time of the Passover Feast many lambs were to be sacrificed. But the scripture says: "shall kill it".(not them)

The plural "lambs" is not used at all in chapter 12 of Exodus.

THERE WAS ALWAYS ONLY "ONE LAMB" IN THE EYES OF GOD! THE LAMB OF CALVARY!

VIII.) "they shall eat the flesh in that night" "roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it"

This lamb was not just to be killed but also to be eaten. The children of Israel were looking at a long journey that would require much strength.

We know that this "lamb" speaks of the person of Christ Jesus. He is God’s food for His people then and now:

Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

It was in His death that Jesus ordains His food for eternal life!

We cannot feed on the bread of life until we have come out of the world:

2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

If we cannot walk in the light of Jesus, we cannot have fellowship with Him:

1Jn 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Those bitter herbs tell us of our conscience as we cannot have fellowship with His sufferings without remembering it was "our sin" that made His suffering needful:

Php 3:10 [That I may know him], and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

IX.) "Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire"

We know this:

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

For that lost soul, death is not the last thing they will face. They will still face the judgment of a Holy God. These are two separate things and occur on two separate times. Our God is a "sin hating" God.

Therefore: When Jesus Christ took our place on that cross, He not only had to die, He had to stand in judgment of His own Father. This "fire" in this verse speaks of the "wrath" of a Holy God.

2Co 5:21  [For he hath made him to be sin for us], who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

This is the very reason the Church will be "Raptured" out of this world before God’s wrath is shown to this world during the tribulation period. Jesus took our place even in God’s wrath.

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

When Jesus said "I thirst", He was not thirsting for water, His soul was in the heat of God’s wrath. (roasted with fire) It is in this world that the Word of the Living God should not be watered down because water will hinder the action of God’s "fire".

Because Jesus went through the fire for us, we have His prepared Word, the true Bread of Life. It is not just God ‘s Word that we need for "Salvation" but we need that Glorious Person of Jesus in our hearts, our body, our minds, and Our Soul.

We cannot be the Body of Christ unless we partake of His Body. This is symbolized to the Church, by the Lord’s Supper.

X.) "ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning"

The "lamb" must be eaten the very same night it is slain. The rising sun was not to see the slain lamb.

The work Jesus did on that cross was a completed work. In His own words He said:

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, [It is finished]: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

We have have communion with God because the redemption price was paid. We must remember what the Lord has done for us and never forget but the sacrifice itself is in the past and completed. There can be no more sacrifice for our sin! Jesus paid the price and now lives on High.

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Eph 4:9  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also [that ascended up far above all heavens], that he might fill all things.)

XI.) "And thus shall ye eat it"

That word "thus" tells us how we should be dressed when we partake of Our Lord Jesus:

1.) "your loins girded"

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

There will therefore be no hindrance in the way of our walk with the Lord. The ungirded garment would be like wearing weights and Paul wrote:

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, [let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2.) "your shoes on your feet"

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

There is a journey that every believer will have after accepting the Lord Jesus as his Saviour.

Moses later wrote:

Deu 29:5  And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and [thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot].

Deu 8:4  Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, [neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

What we see is that God will provide every need in the walk of His Saints.

3.) "your staff in your hand"

The staff is a sign of our daily walk with our Lord. These redeemed of God would be traveling through the wilderness in search of a new home.

So it is to the saint of God as we pass through this world.

Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

1Pe 2:11  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
1Pe 2:12  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

It is not that we carry our own staff because it is of God:

Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; [thy rod and thy staff they comfort me].

Don’t you just love the word of God that teaches us His truth no matter where we read!

4.) "ye shall eat it in haste"

They were to eat in haste because they did not know exactly when the Lord would come! They expected the imminent Coming of the Lord!

This is the same frame of mind we need to be in our daily walk with the Lord. Our job is to make disciples of others. We all have family members whom we believe are lost. Hell is hot and if we do not believe that the Lord can come at any time we are not listening to what God’s Word is saying to us.

Mat 24:45  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Mat 24:46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

XII.) "when I see the blood"

The slain lamb, the blood on the door post in the shape of the cross, and the eating of the lamb’s flesh provided the protection of God’s chosen people.

God did not just pass by the house of those that obeyed but He stood guard protecting all those under the blood.

The Bible says:

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, [to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood].

Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, [but by his own blood] he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
Heb 13:11  For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
Heb 13:12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people [with his own blood], suffered without the gate.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, [and washed us from our sins in his own blood],
Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Nothing but the "BLOOD" will God honor, the living blood of Jesus shed for us all on that cross.

XIII.) "And this day shall be unto you for a memorial"

The Bible only records seven times that this feast was kept’ the last time was by Jesus Christ Himself which was immediately before He instituted the Lord’s Supper which is the memorial that the Church is to keep.

Luk 22:15  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
Luk 22:16  For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

The last Passover.

Luk 22:17  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
Luk 22:18  For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
Luk 22:19  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

The first Lord’s Supper.

The first passover was held in Egypt. So Jesus who was called out of Egypt:

Mat 2:15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, [Out of Egypt have I called my son].

It is Jesus who is the true Passover!

*****Our text:

Exodus 12:15-23

XIV.) Exo 12:22  And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

We can see that the blood was to be applied to the lintel(headboard of the door way) and to each sidepost but there is one more thing we should see.

That word "basin" The Greek word (saf which comes from the Greek word saph) actually means the vestibule or the threshold.

In Judges 19:27 the Greek word "saf" was translated "threshhold":

In IIKings 12:9 the Greek word "saf" was translated "door":

This not to point out mistakes in the Word of God because there are no mistakes in the word of God. This simply means in our English translation some words had more than one meaning.

It was translated "bason" in our verse but more probably that lamb was slain at the doorway of each home and that blood was picked up from the threshold  of the door and then applied to the headboard and the side post.

We can see that the blood was not applied to the threshold for it was already there. That lamb was probably slain at the entrance to the doorway.

Now we can get a clear picture in "type" of the cross of Calvary’s mountain. Jesus Christ, His own blood flowed down to the bottom of that cross. It is when the blood that Jesus shed is applied in our own lives we will undergo our "passover" and the death angel will pass on by.

XV.) "ye shall take a bunch of hyssop"

This hyssop was not connected to the lamb. This hyssop is only connected to the application of the "Blood".

The Blood of Jesus on the cross must be uniformly applied to each sinner. In "type" this is repentance. "Hyssop" speaks of the lowliness of the sinner!

Exo 12:23  For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

*****Our Text:

Exodus 12:24-51

To put away the leaven can be explained to the Christian in the New Testament:

1Co 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

When we are washed in the Blood of Jesus we can have communion with God!

When we read this passage we can understand that the Israelite did not put away the leaven to be saved. He put away the leaven "because he was saved". If he did not put away the leaven from  himself and his household he was cut off from the congregation.

This would mean a suspension of Christian fellowship in the Church.

Paul wrote to the Church:

1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1Co 5:12  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

There are many in this world that just do not believe God will do as he says. This Pharaoh of Egypt had this same false belief in himself.

God has this same message from the Book of Genesis through to the Book of Revelation.

Luk 13:3  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, [ye shall all likewise perish].

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; [but he that believeth not shall be damned].

These are the words of Jesus Christ.

It is a sad thing when God has to use the death of a family member to wake us up to the truth of His Word.

It is a true statement that God is "slow to anger" and the barer many for long periods with an open door of "His Mercy" BUT even God has His limits of long sufferance!

Let’s Pray!