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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

God's Meeting Place

Once the Tent of Meeting is constructed Moses no longer has to climb Mount Sinai to meet with God. The Mount Sinai experience was temporary. Israel moved throughout the wilderness and eventually to the land of promise and God went with them. From then on God spoke primarily through His Word and through the mouth of His prophets. 

Only Moses hears the voice of the LORD when he enters the Tent of Meeting. God speaks to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimony. It is called “the Tent of Meeting” because it is from there that God meets with Moses and speaks with him. 
Yes, God speaks of His power and majesty through creation, but man cannot hear the voice of God in relationship and intimacy apart from the atoning work that takes place on the mercy seat. 
God doesn’t give Himself away to casual observers or even to sincere seekers. Sincerity doesn’t win the heart of God. Only the substitutionary death of Christ wins the heart of God. The writer of Hebrews captures this truth, 
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3).  
God desires relationship. He longs to meet with His servants. He is holy, men are sinners. Until that which separates them--sin--is removed, there can be no relationship. Man cannot remove the eternal stain of his own sin. God provides a way through the mercy seat--first in type, then in reality at the cross--that breaks down the barrier of sin, cleanses sin, and restores the relationship. 
God speaks to people today. Through His Word and through His Son. 

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"Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of the families who were of the tribal leaders in charge of those who were counted, made offerings." (Numbers 7:2)

Each of the twelve tribes offered to the service of the Lord:
  • One silver plate
  • One silver sprinkling bowl 
  • One gold dish 
  • One young bull
  • One ram and one male lamb a year old
  • One male goat for a sin offering 
  • Two oxen 
  • Five rams 
  • Five male goats
  • Five male lambs a year old
Each tribe contributes the same offering and each is mentioned independently from the other. Each tribe has equal standing with God and is important to God, none more value, seniority, or responsibility than the other. Each tribe has equal access as well to the Tent of Meeting. The dedication offering also says that in some gifts God isn't looking for creativity or extra, but simple obedience.
Unity of spirit occurs when all believers and all churches understand that they each share equally in the responsibility to reach a lost world, and that none is more senior or has greater access to God than the other. 
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Numbers 7:1-89
  • Why were the Kohathites not given carts or oxen?
  • What happens at the conclusion of the dedication offering?
  • From where does God speak to Moses?
  • What does this tell you about God?
Turning truth into prayer
Pray for your church that it would be wholly given over to the Lord as a dedication offering so that through it God can accomplish what He pleases. Dedicate yourself also to fully follow the Lord.