Exodus 25:8 KJV
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”
Moses was instructed by God to build Him an Altar & this specific Altar was to be built in The Ark of the Covenant of Cherubim. It was to be built so God could meet with Moses & the children of Isreal. A separate place of sanctification & worship. God gave Moses precise measurements & directions down to which tools, wood & precious metals,stones & gold to use; which he followed. The true purpose of the meeting place was what was to be placed inside it. God instructed Moses to place inside the Ark Golden a candlestick called Menorah to be made of pure gold, with a central taller stand & 3 stands of equal height on either side. The candle was to be filled by sanctified pure beaten olive oil & it was to remain lit at all times. It stands before the congregation even now, without the veil and in front of the Testimony of the Tablets of the commandments.
The Menorah’s light shone directly on the table containing the short Shewbread, which was the offering for The Lord. The book of Exodus states it shall be a statue forever unto all generations. The Arc contained:
The Golden Manner Pot
The Golden Incense Altar
The Altar of burnt Offering
The laver of Brass, filled with clean water for the priest to wash their hands & feet in, each time they entered the sanctuary.
The Arc also contained The Veil, which separated The Holy from most Holies. It also had placed within it, The Testimony of The Commandments which God gave Moses to give the children of Israel & (unto us His heirs through adoption into the family of God) finally in the Arc of the Covenant, was a seat. It was not any seat but it was The Mercy Seat where sins would be atoned & forgiven. Only the Priest could enter into the Holy of Holies were the Mercy Seat was. It was also the place Gods people would confess their sin & the Priest would take their issues to God on their behalf.
Through His Holy Spirit, Jesus who is God, has chosen us to be His Temple, His Sanctuary, which in Exodus was The Arc of The Covenant. His meeting place is in us, His chosen vessels. Psalms tells us we haven’t chosen Him but He us. Our bodies are now the Temple of The Living God, where He wants to dwell & be glorified. We are not to give His glory to any other or worship any other God. His Word & our true confessions, sanctifies is. Our hearts are the offering He seeks. We cannot sancitiy ourselves but David says in Psalms 119:9 ”Wherewithal (how) shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Then we know we are doing Gods will & He through His Holy Spirit, will abide in us. There is no need for us to go to the High Priest to meet with God, Jesus tore, ripped in half, The Veil & broke down that partition so we can meet with Him any time, night or day. He is The Altar & we are vessels He wants to be fit for The King’s use. Indeed, The Master’s table. With our hearts open & willing in obedience to Him, He pours into us, His Spirit. In the Old Testament Gods Spirit was upon His people, today, He wants to dwell & live within us & for us to be true & praise Him.
There is a beautiful song which asks God to “Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure & holy, right & true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, Sanctuary for You”, let The Eternal Light of God shine through us wherever we go, like The Menorah Candle which must be lit day & night, burning always as a light to the altar. When His Light is in us, we must do all we can to keep Him burning & give of our best to Him. Our sincerity of hearts are the offering He desires & doing so, He will anoint us to draw souls to His Kingdom. He is The Living God#Share this verse with all you meet today, Jesus is calling us to meet with Him. We have a purpose ??
God ever bless you