You are also to make a courtyard for the tabernacle. On the south side of the courtyard make curtains of finely spun linen, a hundred cubits long on one side,
Romans 8:28, 29).
I. THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE.
1. The situation of the altar.
(1) It faced the worshipper as he entered. The cross of Christ must be held up before men, if they are to be brought nigh to God.
(2) It stood before the holy place, and had to be passed by all who entered there. The realisation of Christ's atonement for sin is the only path to God's presence.
2. The altar, on which the sacrifice for sin is laid, is the place of power. The horns, the symbol of Divine power. The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation.
3. In Christ God gives us a place for accepted offerings. The altar was Israel's as well as God's: upon it were laid their offerings as well as those prescribed for the daily service and the great day of atonement. In Christ we are able to offer sacrifices that are well pleasing to God.
II. THE COURT OF THE TABERNACLE.
1. Its limits were appointed by God himself. The Church must be made no broader than his commandment makes it. In his own time he will make it conterminous with the world; but meanwhile we must obey his commandment and fulfil his purpose by making it conterminous with living faith.
2. It was for all Israel. Living faith in Christ should be a passport to all his churches.
3. How the court was formed -
(1) Its walls were made of fine linen. The distinction between the world and the Church is righteousness.
(2) The gate was formed of blue and purple and scarlet. Entrance is had not by man's righteousness, but by bowing beneath the manifested grace of God in Christ.
III. THE OIL FOR THE LAMPS.
1. It was the free-will offering of the people. The light of the world springs from the consecration of believers.
2. It was to be pure. Believers must keep themselves unspotted from the world.
3. It was to be beaten, not pressed, and thus be the finest which the olive could yield. The highest outcome of humanity is the Christ-like life.
4. The lamps were to burn always. Our light, the flame of love, must burn constantly before God, and its radiance be shed always before men.
5. The lamps were to be tended by the ministers of God. The aim of those who labour in weird and doctrine should be the development of Christ-like life, love to God and man. - U.
The court of the Tabernacle.I. This court may be AN EMBLEM OF THAT SACRED ENCLOSURE WHICH ALWAYS SURROUNDS THE CHURCH. "A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse." God Himself, with all His infinite perfections and attributes, is round about His people. Every attribute of God is a pillar in our protecting wall, power, sovereignty, justice, righteousness, truth and faithfulness, appear in perfect harmony with love, benevolence, mercy, tenderness, compassion and goodness. All unite to uphold the separating wall between the Church and the world.
II. We may look upon this court as emblematical of THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF CHRIST. Only the true Christian can enter into Christ, but a sinner may read His life. As the court led to the Tabernacle, so the reading of the life of Christ has often been the means of the soul believing in Jesus. In the life of Christ we have a perfect model for the Christian's imitation. Christ has left us an example that we should follow His steps.
III. We may view the court of the Tabernacle as AN EMBLEM OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. We cannot come to God without entering the court of revelation. He that loves the Bible has entered the outer court of the Tabernacle. Reverence for the Word of God is a good sign.
IV. The court of the Tabernacle was A PLACE OF WORSHIP. Here the Israelites came with their various sacrifices; and here God accepted them. If we would be accepted by God, we must observe God's order, and come to the place He has appointed. We must also come in a right spirit.
V. In the court of the Tabernacle we have A FIGURE OF THE PROFESSING CHURCH.
1. Not all who entered the court entered the Tabernacle. Not all who make a profession of religion possess it. The heart, as well as the lip, must be right. The court was the way to the Tabernacle. There is no evidence that a man possesses grace while he neglects the means of grace. If a man has no love to God's house, he can have no love to God. If we have no desire to be numbered with God's people, there cannot be much desire after God Himself.
(R. E. Sears.)
(G. Rodgers.)John 10:7). Cain was the first who tried another path; and instead of being able to draw near, his very attempt ended in his going out from the presence of God into the land of banishment. Thousands follow in his footsteps, and think to worship and to offer without passing through the door.
(H. W. Soltau.)
(H. W. Soltau.)
(H. W. Soltau.)
PeopleAaron, Israelites, Moses
TopicsBest, Byssus, Court, Cubit, Cubits, Curtains, Fine, Finely, Hangings, Hast, Hundred, Length, Linen, Open, Round, South, Southward, Space, Tabernacle, Twined, Twisted
Outline1. The altar of burnt offering, with the vessels thereof
9. The court of the tabernacle enclosed with hangings and pillars
18. The measure of the court, and the furniture of brass
20. The oil for the lamp
Dictionary of Bible ThemesExodus 27:9
5618 measures, linear
LibraryHow a Private Man must Begin the Morning with Piety.
As soon as ever thou awakest in the morning, keep the door of thy heart fast shut, that no earthly thought may enter, before that God come in first; and let him, before all others, have the first place there. So all evil thoughts either will not dare to come in, or shall the easier be kept out; and the heart will more savour of piety and godliness all the day after; but if thy heart be not, at thy first waking, filled with some meditations of God and his word, and dressed, like the lamp in the tabernacle …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
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