Jesus is The Life
Our premise is that in order to develop a closer relationship with Jesus we must first to come to a better understand who He is. One major factor in understanding Him better is being able to understanding His statement: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
To date we have been successful in correlating this statement to the Tabernacle. This correlation is best established by looking at the Tabernacle diagram below. From it we can see that the Tabernacle is comprised of three major chambers. One chamber is called the Outer Court (or the Courtyard,) the second chamber is called the Holy Place, and the third is called the Holy of Holies (or Most Holy Place.) We also see that these chambers must be entered in order because they are contained in each other, like the layers in an onion. We can also see that each chamber has a single entrance. The correlation of all of this to Jesus’ statement is that the names of the entryways into the Tabernacle chambers are often called: “the Way, the Truth and the Life,” respectively. The gate leading into the Courtyard is often called the Way. The door leading into the Holy Place is often called the Truth, and the veil leading into the Holy of Holies is frequently called the Life. The proof of all of this comes by looking at the attributes and function of each Tabernacle object and seeing that they are perfect predictors of the life and ministry of Jesus. Therefore, the Tabernacle is prophetic of the coming of Jesus. More importantly, achieving a better understanding of the Tabernacle reveals a better understanding of who Jesus is and why He came.
To date we have addressed two of these passageways. Firstly, we addressed the Courtyard which is entered through the gate called the Way (Jesus-is-the-Way). Secondly we addressed the Holy Place, which is entered through the curtain called the Truth (The-Holy-Place-of-the-Tabernacle). We now turn our attention to the Most Holy place which is entered through the veil called the Life. As in previous discussions, we will start by taking a detailed look at the structure and components of the Tabernacle.
Again, by looking at the chart above we can see that the Most Holy Place is separated from the Holy Place by the veil that is called “the Life”. Since there is no other entrance into the Most Holy Place it must be entered from the Holy Place (The-Holy-Place-of-the-Tabernacle.)
The Most Holy Place is the very sacred dwelling place of God. Entry was restricted to the High Priest who could enter only once each year.
As we proceed we will present all the marvelous things that we find in the Life. We will then correlate their attributes, nature and purpose to the attributes, nature and purpose of Jesus.
So when Jesus claimed to be “the Life,” He really claimed to be the passageway into the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle (the place where God would dwell with His people on earth). If this is the case, then Jesus is stating that through Him we have access to the most sacred relationship possible with the God the Father, which is a relationship of covenant. Anyone who enters into the Most Holy Place enters into God’s covenant and therefore is cared for and protected by God. Here is a supporting scripture:
And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),” (Exodus 34:10 – 14)
This preamble lays a foundation for a deeper look at the objects found in the Most Holy Place. We therefore plan to take a look at the Ark of the Covenant, which is foundational to God’s covenant relationship with man. More importantly, we will look at the objects found inside the Ark and present them in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of what this covenant is all about.
For example, we will investigate the covenant stones (upon which the Ten Commandments are transcribed) and find God’s law which is a part of the covenant agreement. We present the pot of manna that fed the nation during its journey through the wilderness. The pot represents God’s covenant of provision. Thirdly, we will introduce the Rod of Aaron which communicates God’s choice for a royal priesthood.
In addition, we will look at the covering of the Ark, namely the Golden Cherubim and the Mercy Seat. The Golden Cherubim represent the presence of angels to protect the covenant. The Mercy Seat is the place where God dwells and the place we man can talk to God face to face.
All of this will start with our next posting where we will start to build our case that the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle is prophetic of Christ Jesus.
May God’s bless and keep you always,
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