Friday, January 27, 2006


Typology of the Taberbacle 2

“Therefore you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood…and you shall serve. I give your priesthood to you as a gift for service…” ~Numbers 18:7

Believers are sanctified and set apart to serve. The shining mirror-like copper container, called the laver, held the water for cleansing, for removing the “daily dirt” acquired from the “walk” through this world.” (Dr. Bill Jones; Zion’s Fire) Daily, we stand on the promise John wrote to us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~1 John 1:9 Jesus alone fits the job description of the laver, “the One who separates us and cleanses us for [the Lord’s work].” (Jones; page 11) When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet in the Upper Room, He was revealing the urgency to serve one another in keeping our brothers and sisters true to Him with pure teaching, accountability, and encouragement.

Other types include three furnishings in the holy place:
1) The shewbread, the twelve loaves which the priests were instructed to partake when replaced on the Sabbath. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.” ~John 6:35 Remember, this bread goes way back to the sustenance provided for Israel in the wilderness. Jesus is our daily manna, preserving our spiritual regeneration. Jesus ministers to his Bride.
2) The menorah, of gold, burned wicks in oil. As the only light in the tabernacle, Jesus Christ is “the Light of the world” ~John 8:12
3) An altar of incense—the smoke representing “prayer ascending to God” Hebrews 7:25: “He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” But we pray and it is written, the Holy Spirit helps us…so what is it Jesus does? Dutch Sheets, Intercessory Prayer, offers this. The prayers of fallen men, even redeemed ones, would never survive the Holiness of our God. Jesus is like our lawyer before the Judge. Our Savior mediates in that He proclaims, “It is really finished and this child has accepted the Victory!” Messiah God clears a path for our unworthy utterances.

Last, yet the first clue I ever had that the Old Testament actually holds eternal meaning, the Holy of Holies, complete with veil. As a young mother, I attended a sweet, lively community Bible study. We learned this impassable doorway led to a place of God’s indomitable presence. We were thrilled to understand that the rending of the veil, at the moment of Christ’s surrender of His Spirit, was the beautiful picture of reconciliation, finally complete, between God and His precious treasured people who were soon to be called by His Name. In other words, the entrance barrier to God was removed for all who would trust in Christ. Now the priest is not the only one with the amazing privilege of coming to God and someday even dwelling in His Holy presence for we are all of the priesthood, set apart.

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