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#1 The lesson we learnt about today shows how Almighty God gave a kind of picture, or map, to the Israelite people which showed them something that He would do in the future. What did God show them?
Almighty God was showing the Israelite people the danger and evil of sin. He also showed them that He would send His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only true sacrifice for the sins of His people.
#2 What was the Tabernacle?
All of the above. The Tabernacle was a very big tent (a type of Church building) that could be moved easily with the Israelites when they travelled from place to place. The Israelites used to meet with Almighty God in these tents. Today we gather in Church buildings to meet with, and worship, the same glorious Almighty God who the Israelites met with in their tents all those years ago! Isn’t that amazing?
“How amiable are thy tabernacles. O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” Psalm 84 Vs. 1&2
#3 Within this huge tent (Tabernacle) there was a smaller type of tent called the Holy of Holies where Almighty God was present. Who was the only person who could enter into this smaller tent and into Gods awesome and holy presence?
The High Priest was the only person God allowed to enter into the smaller tent called the Holy of Holies, and this only once each year on the Day of Atonement. If anyone else dared to enter into this tent, they would instantly be killed because of their sins. This taught the people that they could not come into Gods presence with their sins unforgiven.
#4 The inner tent (the Holy of Holies) was surrounded by a heavy curtain or veil which formed a barrier between the people and God. What does this barrier between us and God represent?
The curtain or veil represents sin, and how it forms a barrier between us and God. We cannot come into Gods Holy presence if our sins have not been forgiven.
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear you.” Isaiah Ch.59 V.2
#5 When the High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies once a year, he had to do something before he entered so that he would not be killed. What did he have to do?
The High Priest had to sacrifice (kill) certain animals as an offering to God for the sins which he and the Israelite people had done. Only after this had been done could he safely enter into the presence of God.
#6 How can we enter into the presence of Almighty God without instantly dying?
The only way which we can enter in the presence of Almighty God is to repent, that is to turn away from our sinful lives, and believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for us on the cross and took the punishment for our own sins.
#7 The sacrifice of the animals represented a much greater sacrifice which was to come. Who was this much greater sacrifice?
Jesus Christ was the greater and true sacrifice for sins. The animals only ‘represented’ a sacrifice for sins. It was a sign to the people that blood had to be shed for their sins to be forgiven. This helped them to understand the seriousness and danger of their sin and how much it offended a Holy God. The sacrifice of the animals didn’t actually take away the sins of the people, but showed them one day a Saviour (Jesus Christ) would come as a true sacrifice for the sins of His people.
“..the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.” Hebrews Ch.9 Vs.6 to 8
#8 We also learnt about the ‘scapegoat’ in the lesson. This was a goat which was not killed, but instead the high priest placed his hands on the goat’s head and confessed all the sins of the Israel nation. The goat was then set free to run into the wilderness and was never to be seen again. What did the ‘scapegoat’ signify?
It shows the wonderful forgiveness of God. It symbolizes the guilt of all Israel’s sins being put onto the goat which was then set free to run away and never be seen again. If we truly repent, and believe that our sins were put upon the Lord Jesus Christ, God will forgive us and never remember our sins again. What an amazing thought!
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin.” 2 Chronicles Ch.7 V.14
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