Click here after starting sermon audio to bring up slides and visual aides which go along with the sermon. How to edit and use
PowerPoint Viewer can be used to view our pps slideshow files if you do not have PowerPoint.
Help spread the Word by using the recommendation links, above...it's a proven system that keeps this ministry free!
Grace Notes Sermon Ministry:
NOTICE! Our sermons are free to download, copy and paste, edit and use as you see fit...but only our free subscribers get the newest messages, featured sermons, and some gifts we shower on them from time to time!
That I May Dwell Among Them
[May take a moment to fully open, but worth it!]
Our resources are free, but can you do one thing for us?...
Recommend this sermon to Pastors.
[A new window will open. Rate this sermon from 1 to 5 'stars' with a click, & close.]
In Genesis 1 & 2 we read about Godís creation. And right in the middle of that account, the Bible refers to God creating the billions upon billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars. How does God put this monumental accomplishment into words? With just 5 words! ...
Thatís all it says. Imagine all the work and activity of God in this magnanimous undertaking ... and itís all summed up there.
As we begin to study the Tabernacle we find not just a verse, or a chapter of verses...but 50 chapters devoted to it. 16 are in Exodus. Why is this? Why would God give 5 words to the stars and 50 chapters to the Tabernacle?
God is much more interested in redemption than creation. The saving of 1 soul is much more important than the shaping of all the stars.
Ill.óa university professor was teaching a survey class on the Bible. He held it up and said, ďThis is the account of manís search for God.Ē That is utterly false. It is actually the account of Godís search for man. This is what the Tabernacle is all about. This is what makes Christianity different than any other belief system on earth. All other religions are about man looking for God, but God is actually looking for man for the purpose of saving him and dwelling with him!
Itís a reunion of sorts. Sinful man reunited with the Holy God.
v. 8 ďThat I may dwell among them.Ē
Ill.óAdam and Eve walked in the Garden of Eden. And God walked with them. But then sin came and that fellowship was broken. We think about them being kicked out of the garden, but actually they had already kicked God out of their lives, out of His own creation.
And weíre still kicking Him out today. Not just out of government, our schools, and society, but out of our homes, our families, our choices we make, our thinking, and our lives!
The Tabernacle was where God dwelt with man in those days. Itís a wonderful picture book, full of object lessons...a graphic, vivid experience of Godís presence with man!
It was a temporary, mobile structureóused by Israel for 500 years as a meeting placeówhere they met God! Later on it would be replaced by the permanent structure known as the Temple, far more elaborate, solid, not portable, but still based on the same basic parameters.
The Tabernacle was moved some 30 times. The glory cloud of Godís presence would hover over the Tabernacle...a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. But then the cloud would raise and would begin to move. Their job then was to tear down the Tabernacle...and some 8,500 men were specifically assigned tasks in this process and in carrying it...following the glory cloud until it stopped. Then they would re-erect it again, and once again the glory cloud would hover over it.
Thereís a lesson in this for us as a church, and as individuals. Many times our churches, always on the move, get ahead of God. Though I believe we should be active and aggressive in ministry, it should be in the Spirit of following God, not blazing the trail ourselves! We say with our plans and programs, ďCome on God, follow us and get on board!Ē This is wrong. We need to find out which way God is moving, and all we have to do is follow!
We make it far too complicated as we try to Ďthink tankí our way to success. God has already made the plans...He knows the way thru the wilderness...we just need to fall in line!
Pray for me and Iíll pray for you as we strive to get the mind of God and follow His leading as a church!
The same is true for each of us as individuals. We make too much of planning our lives. God has a plan. Iím all for making preparations, studying alternatives, and seeking the best in life. But the fact remains that God knows best, and if we only put half the energy we put into trying to make a way for ourselves into finding and following His way...weíd go places!
2 min. movie [embedded in PowerPoint]
Next, imagine with me this Tabernacle in the wilderness
[web video] Special video fly by of Tabernacle
...surrounded by the encampment of 2-3 million Jews. Enter the white linen fence ... Inside is the brazen altar, laver, and an unusual structure, 45í X 15í X 15í high. It is in 2 compartments, separated by a veil. The first is the Holy Place, with the golden lampstand, table of showbread, and altar of incense. The 2nd is the Holy of Holies, a perfect cube of 15í.
The common people can be in the outer court area, but only the priests in the Holy Place, and only the High Priest can go beyond into the Most Holy Place, and only once a year, walking backwards, not looking at the presence of God on the mercy seat, risking death. Yes, and they had bells on their garments and a rope around their ankle...and if they fell in Godís presence someone could hear and pull their dead body out!
That veil separating Godís presence from manís was so thick and multi layered that the Historian Josephus said two teams of oxen couldnít pull it apart. But when Jesus died the veil in the temple was torn in 2 from the top to the bottom ... for it was God doing the tearing! Why? So you and I could have bold access right to the most Holy place, the throne of Grace! Oh how casual we have become when we wonít take advantage of that access weíve been granted! Some wonít come to the altar, and some wonít get on their knees and pray in private either. In those days they couldnít approach Him...today people can, but often wonít!
Letís introduce this study by just looking at the plans for building it...
1. The Means.
v. 2-3a God said, itís time to build. And how did God come up with the resources for this undertaking? Isnít it obvious? Quite simply, Iím sure He mustíve said:
∑ Tribe of Dan, go back to Egypt and have a bake sale...muffins, cookies, pies, and cakes. Bring back the proceeds.
∑ Tribe of Asher, have a camel wash. Stand out on the roadside with a sign that says, help us build our tabernacle. 2 hump camels are $3, or 1 hump camels for $2.50.
∑ Tribe of Judah, sell candy bars. Put on the wrappers, ďHelp us go to camp!Ē Itís an expensive camp...not 1 week, but 40 years! Please be generous!
Iím being facetious to make a point. Iím not against fundraisers for certain things, but ultimately when we are trying to do Godís work we should try to do it Godís way. And Godís way for providing for Godís work was by no means other than Godís people giving to Godís work! Thatís how GBC has always been provided for. Thatís how this beautiful building came to being. And thatís the only way weíll be able to continue and go forward for Godís glory, is if this new generation starts to shoulder their share of the load today and for the future!
Everyone had a part. The wealthy gave gold, silver, and brass. Others could afford spices and oils or fabrics. Some could only bring animal skins, but everyone contributed...no one just came along for the free ride.
It can be estimated that by todayís standards it took tens of millions of dollars of material to build the Tabernacle. Did it work? Did Godís plan work out?
Godís way works. Godís way is the best way! And Godís way will still work here at our church. The good news: Thereís more than enough money here! The bad news: Itís still in your pockets!
2. The Materials.
GoldóItís a picture of deity and royalty. It was brought to Jesus at His birth, the first gift mentioned. And Jesus is all thru the Tabernacle. And when youíre looking at Jesus, youíre looking at the KING of Kings.
Silveróa picture of redemption. The Tabernacle was erected on slabs of silver. The word Ďredeemí means to Ďbuy back.í And silver has always been the primary currency used to buy things. Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of it, but actually He was paying the price of a treasure far more valuable...He died to redeem us, to buy us back!
You belong to God because He bought you. Youíre actually Godís twice. Youíre Godís by virtue of creation and by virtue of redemption. He made you, He lost you, and He bought you back!
Brassóa picture of judgment. In Rev. 1 John saw a vision of the glorified Christ, w/ feet like brass. Christ is coming back first of all for His own, then 7 years later Heís coming back with His own, with feet like brass, because Heís coming back in judgment!
Youíll want to come back tonite as we look at the brass altar, the first thing you come to when you enter the Tabernacle.
The means, the materials...
3. The Men.
31:1-6 These were skilled laborers, no doubt, but this passage says they needed a special touch from above to be able to build Godís building. Talent and ability are not enough. Better than talent is the touch of God. Some of the best, most gifted preachers Iíve ever known are not in the ministry today. I suspect that somewhere along the way they began to rely on their talents rather than that heavenly touch from God. They got to the place where they didnít rely on Him, and didnít need Him as before.
4. The Meeting.
As you look at the Tabernacle there is nothing outwardly attractive about it. It is covered in drab animal skin.
Time out: Why did the children of Israel have these animals skins in the first place? They took them from Egypt when they left, as wages. They took this particular kind of skin because it could be used to make sandals which they would need in their journey. But God said, I want you to give those skins to me for the Tabernacle. Then what happened to their sandals for the next 40 years? They never wore out!
Thereís a lesson here: Give to God and Heíll take care of you!
Anyway, thereís nothing flashy about this building outwardly. Youíve got to get on the inside to experience the glory. Thatís how Christianity is. Outsiders look at us and look at Hollywood and by comparison, we donít look like much. Stores and restaurants surround us, and we donít seem to compare. Modern architecture makes us look like a stack of bricks outwardly, but how about inside? Once you look at Christianity from the inside itís a whole new world. Everything outside appears quite different from the inside. By the way, when you draw a line and connect the articles in the Tabernacle look what you get...a cross!
We need to go out of this place and let people know what itís like INSIDE!
If you are saved, God lives inside of you. You are His tabernacle. If not, youíve come into His holy temple today...now let Him come into you!
Please help keep this ministry free by honoring our system...
Grace Notes Sermon Ministry:
NOTICE! Our sermons are free to download, copy and paste, edit and use as you see fit...but only our free subscribers get the newest messages, featured sermons, and some free gifts we shower on them from time to time!
Help keep this service free by recommending it
using the links above the sermon
All Sermons and PowerPoint Slideshow Presentations ©Copyright Jerry Shirley and Grace Notes Ministriesģ unless otherwise credited. These resources are yours to use freely, but only in public worship services or private study groups and devotions. They may not be sold, republished or retransmitted in any form without written permission.