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Exodus 38- The Courtyard

And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits: Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. Exodus 38:9-11

Today we are going to take a look at the courtyard of the Tabernacle. Now at first this may seem like a boring topic but when we analyze the significance of this feature it makes alot of sense. First we know that nobody but the High Priest, after they have been cleansed and consecrated, can enter the Tabernacle. Therefore the rest of the Israelites must remain in the courtyard separated by the Veil with God. As we know Christ fulfilled that Veil so we can enter into God’s presence today

Even though the Israelites were limited to the Courtyard, they made the decision to enter in. This is an act of faith for us today also, when God calls your name, you receive his call and enter into The Gate (John 10)This is where repentance begins. Notice we see Brass or Bronze alot, this is symbolic of judgement in the Bible

And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. And for the east side eastward fifty cubits. The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three. And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three. All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen. And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver. And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court. Exodus 38:12-18

Notice we see Silver alot also here, Silver is symbolic of Truth or Wisdom in the Bible. Jesus is The Truth and The Truth shall Set You Free (John 8) Again you enter into the Gate , which is a foreshadow of Christ (John 10) and your coming into Truth and Judgement. God has a solution, the atoning sacrifice for our sins, which is Jesus Christ!

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 21:-12-13

Fast forward to The Temple, Jesus drove out all the corruption of the Courtyard, as this was meant to be a Holy place also. But this is also symbolic of us cleansing our sins with repentance. Jesus was cleansing the Temple of transgressions, as Jesus would become the ultimate Temple, (John 2), the Taberacle of God in the Flesh (John 1:14) Amen!

Face To Face

Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. Exodus 33:11

Here is a very interesting scripture for several reasons. First it says that Moses spoke with God “Face to Face”. Now at first you would believe this is an idiom as the Apostle John said “Nobody has seen God” However when you examine the original Hebrew word “panim” it means exactly Face

So the scripture is clear that Moses spoke to God “Face to Face” just as a friend. Since God is a Spirit (John 4:24) the logical conclusion is Moses was speaking to Jesus Christ!

The second interesting thing about the word “panim” or Face is that its plural in the Hebrew. Meaning God is not singular but Triune. Just as God said “Let Us Make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26) Just as when Abraham was approached by Three Men before they destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18) God is a Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” Exodus 33:18

But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” Exodus 33:20

God tells Moses that his presence will be among the people. Moses asks God to reveal his complete Glory. The interesting thing here when God says nobody can see “My Face” it’s a different Hebrew word “panay” meaning a Singular version of Face. Meaning you cant see The Father because of our corrupted state as human

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 1:8

So when the Apostle John says “Nobody has ever seen God “ the Greek word for God here is “Theon” which is Singular, probably referring to the Father. However they have seen the Son (Jesus) who Moses also saw

As Jesus said “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” (John 14:9) Moses met Christ “Face to Face” and he delivered them as he also delivered us on the cross Amen!

Dwelt Among Us

“They shall know that I am the LORD their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the LORD their God. Exodus 29:46

God delivered his people, the Israelites, out of slavery and into freedom. God broke the bondages of his people and led them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. During this journey through the Wilderness, God had them make a tabernacle, in which he would live with his people and dwell among them.

Think about this, for 400 years the Israelites lived in slavery. They believed God had forgotten them, they suffered in aguish day after day, not knowing how or ever if, they would be free again

In this physical tabernacle in the wilderness, God dwelt with his people, just as with Holy Spirit, God dwells with us now!

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

God had a redemption plan for the Israelites, he also has a redemption plan for us! His redemption plan is Jesus Christ, and because of the shedding of his blood, we can become Children of God. Because of the shedding of his blood, are sins can be forgiven and our relationship can be restored back with God

God became Flesh and made his dwelling among us, just as God dwelled with the Israelites in the Wilderness, God dwelled with us in Jesus Christ. God has freed us from our slavery of sin and death and is currently leading us through the Wilderness to the New Promise Land ( the New Heavens and Earth)

If you are living in slavery today, become Set Free, by the only one who can set you free Jesus Christ Amen!

Go Forward

The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Exodus 14:22

As God delivered the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt, another critical step came for their deliverance.  The Egyptians were chasing them down to kill them and they were trapped at the Red Sea. From their perspective it was over, Moses had led them to their death.

But God didn’t lead them this far to just let them be destroyed, God had a redemption plan.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.  Exodus 14:15

While the Israelites were moaning and crying to Moses, God said to Moses “What are you waiting for”? “Go through the Red Sea as I commanded you”!  To listen to God will take Faith. By our human logic walking through a large sea will not save us but only drown us. However God had a redemption plan for the Israelites , it was only a matter of them being obedient to God

Do you have a “Red Sea” in front of you today? Are you staring at it while your enemy is coming closer to devour you? God is saying “Go Forward”!

By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned. Hebrews 11:29

By Faith the Israelites passed through the Red Sea. In their human minds they didn’t know how they were going to cross the Red Sea. They didn’t know if they would drown or die, but they believed in God and his promises.

Go Forward Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ! He will walk you through the waters Amen!

Living Water

Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water that we may drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” Exodus 17:2

Again the Israelites began to complain to Moses that God has left them to die in the wilderness. Remember they complained about food, and God sent them Bread from Heaven (Manna) and meat (quail)

However now they are thirsty, and being out in the wilderness (desert), water was not found. However God heard the cries of his people and supplied them with “Living Water”, flowing water that never ran out, they would never thirst again

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:38

Again God sent his only Begotten Son, as the Living Water for us. Whoever drinks from him will never thirst again. What did Jesus mean by this Living Water?

But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:39

Scripture explains to us that Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit. As Jesus promised at the Day of Pentecost , the Holy Spirit was sent and lives inside everyone who is a believer in Jesus Christ. The Spirit is the flowing Living Water inside of you!

Are you thirsty for Truth? Are you thirsty for Hope? Are you thirsty for Peace? Are you thirsty for Love? Accept the Lord Jesus Christ and never thirst again, be filled with the Living Water Amen!

Manna from Heaven

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction Exodus 16:4

During the “Exodus” the Israelites complained to Moses that they are starving in the wilderness. God heard the cries of his people and rained down “Manna (Bread) from Heaven” What seems like impossible, God did to provide for his people in the wilderness.

However , the people were instructed to gather all the  bread before morning. Of course some did not listen and left the bread laying, then the bread was foul and full of worms. See God sent the “Bread of Life” but it was important for the people to receive the bread , just as we need to receive Jesus Christ

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35

Jesus declared he is “The Bread of Life” sent from Heaven to save our souls. Are you lost wandering in the wilderness, call upon The Lord and he will give you the Bread of Life.

“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6:51

Jesus said if anyone eats of this bread (Jesus), they will live forever. Just as God spared his people in the wilderness from dying by sending them Manna, God spared us by sending Jesus to the cross. If anyone eats, meaning if anyone who receives Christ as your atonement , your Lord, your Savior will live forever

Jesus is the Manna from Heaven, Jesus is the Bread of Life! Receive him and you shall live forever Amen!

The Wilderness

“Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians ‘? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” Exodus 14:12

God through Moses freed the Israelites from 400 years of slavery. However when the Israelites finally received their freedom, they began to moan and complain because they were currently in “The Wilderness”

See God promised the Israelites he would free them and deliver them to the “Promise Land”, however in order to get to that Promise Land they need to first travel through the Wilderness.

How about your current journey with God, is he taking you through “The Wilderness”? Are you looking back at your old life and saying “I rather stay there and die”, . God has promised us a “Promise Land” also and it’s the New Heavens and Earth (Revelation 21) , stay focused with God and he will deliver You

The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” Exodus 14:14

The struggle in “The Wilderness” was real, this was going to be a long journey through a barren land. However this was the best route for the Israelites to take, because if they took the short route through Philistine country they would have been destroyed (Exodus 13:17)

God knows our needs, and he knew the needs of the Israelites. He provided them food and water in the desert. He delivered them from the hands of Pharaoh and the Egyptian army. He will deliver you also just keep your faith in Christ

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:17-18

You were once a slave to Sin and death, but Christ has freed you from this slavery as the Israelites were freed also. You are going through your journey into the Wilderness on your way to the Promised Land (Heaven), put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ, the Way Amen!