I love how God puts experiences in our paths – just at the right time, too. Read how I saw the Tabernacle come alive – right out of the Old Testament.
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A couple of weeks ago I had read in Exodus 25 the instructions for building the Tabernacle. The reason I had decided to read that particular passage on that particular date is all God.
Over the next 2 years I plan to study God’s Word by going through a 2-year Reading Plan. On February 14 the passage to read was Exodus 25.
I have always been fascinated with the depiction of the Tabernacle. I look closely at the drawings in my Study Bible. But I never could feel the experience.
On February 14, the same day I had read Exodus 25, my hubby and I signed up to visit the experience which is an interactive display that is setup for a few weeks in one area and then moves on to another area.
Churches are asked to volunteer. They the church invites everyone in the community. For the small sum of $5.00 per person we are given an amazing experience. I found it particularly meaning as we are in a desert in Arizona and the dry, desert heat and sun reminded me of what the weather might have been like in the Sinai Desert at the time of Moses.
After being given a brochure to read about the Scripture and the tabernacle, we were given audio connections. We were linked together in twos.
Walking through the experience tied together to my husband was very moving. As we stood at each station my connection to God and my hubby felt powerful.
We learned about the white linen garments that were worn by the priests.
We tossed wood on the fire at the Altar of the Burnt Offering.
We cleansed our hands in the Laver.
Once inside the tent, after our eyes adjusted to the lower light, we stood in front of the Lampstand, blew out a candle and relit with a prayer.
At the table of the Bread of the Presence we took communion together.
Standing in front of the Incense Altar we breathed in the aroma and watched the smoke curl upwards.
Then with a stick of incense in our hands we entered the Holy of Holies that housed the Ark of the Covenant. We stood. We thought. We experienced.
Everything was done in silence while listening to the audio recording. In every word we heard Christ was exalted and the explanation given of how He became the offering to God for our salvation.
As we exited the tent, which had been very hot, we felt a beautiful breeze.
I felt elated. As I smiled up to the Heavens, I thanked God for Jesus, for His sacrifice that opened the doors to my relationship with God.
If you ever have a chance to take this Tabernacle experience I would love to hear your thoughts.
May I pray for you and me,
Lord Jesus. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for your determination to walk towards Jerusalem to certain suffering and death. May we be as bold as You were in going where God leads us. As we walk these weeks of Lent with You, help us to learn more about You and get closer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Until next time, read through the chapters in Exodus and Mark. Learn about each journey following God’s people and obeying Him fully.
I love the words from Mark 9:28,
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
And let us follow the words from Proverbs 28:1
The wicked flee though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Here is a YouTube video of the experience.
All photos were either taken or were used by permission of the Tabernacle Experience.
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