“The full purpose of our salvation is that we might enjoy the manifest, conscious presence of God as well as He enjoys our presence” (Tozer, 123)

Main Point: The Old Testament sanctuary is only a shadow of the spiritual reality that we currently live in and a hope for the spiritual reality we will eternally live in.

The Lord dwells in the place of offering

Exodus 25:1-9

“The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breast piece. “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.”

He was in the old place of offering.

The Lampstand: a place of light, day and night

Exodus 25:31a, 37

31 “Make a lampstand of pure gold.  37 “Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.

The Table and the Bread: a place of provision

Exodus 25:30

30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.”

Altar of Incense

Exodus 30:7-8

And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it, and when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations.”

Psalm 141: 1-2

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

Holy of Holies: Day of Atonement – once a year offer sacrifice

The Ark: a place of presence

Exodus 25:22

22 “There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.”

He cleansed the outside.

Hebrews 9:6-10

When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

He cleanses the inside.

Hebrews 9:11-14

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

The Old Way was sanitization, a temporary cleansing on the outside.

The New Way is sanctification, a permanent cleansing on the inside.

He established a final place of offering.

Hebrews 9:24-28

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The Tabernacle in the Old Testament was a place built by human beings so that God would come and rest inside.

The Tabernacle in the New Testament is a place built by God that human beings come and rest inside.

Conclusion: God desires to come near to us, to cleanse our conscience and to reveal Himself personally. He wants us to have a conscious awareness of His presence.

Renovation Update


Renovations are coming to a close. Most of our amenities such as heating and bathrooms are fully functional and available. Finishing touches are still in process.

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