Sermon Recap: An Invite Into God's House
Series: God Rescues His People
Sermon Title: An Invite into God’s House
Proposition Statement: To know God’s heart is to love His plan.
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Introduction: After God reveals His name to bring the people of Israel to repentance, God leads Moses and the Israelites to begin building the Tabernacle (Exodus 35-36). In chapter 37, the tabernacle is described in great detail. In doing so, God invites us into His house so we may know Him and His plan better.
Point 1: A Tour of God’s House
The Tabernacle, the place where God dwells, consists of an outer courtyard, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place. Each contains significant, exquisitely-designed items for continual worship. Items of note include the
- Lampstand—symbolizing God as the giver of light and life who illuminates the word in our hearts,
- Table of the Bread of the Presence—symbolizing God as our “covenant forever” God who provides faithful supervision and care of His people,
- Altar of Incense—symbolizing God who loves the prayers of His people,
- Ark of the Covenant—With its jar of manna symbolizing God’s provision, Aaron’s budded rod symbolizing God as the ruler with all authority, and the tablets of stone symbolizing God who is their Lord and Savior, and
- Mercy Seat—also known as the Atonement Cover, it symbolizes God’s meeting with His people and His provision of atonement for their sin.
Point 2: The Reality Behind It All
Jesus fulfills every aspect of the Tabernacle. He is
- The Light of the world,
- The Bread of life,
- The Receiver of our prayers,
- Our Ark of provision, of Lordship, and of salvation, and
- The Atoner of our sin once for all.
Jesus, the master of the house, opens His doors wide to us; Jesus, the new temple, renders the physical temple irrelevant; and as High Priest, Jesus supersedes the old covenant, establishing something entirely new—a covenant not ratified by an earthly tabernacle, but a heavenly one (Hebrews 8:1-7). And this ratification comes by way of His own blood (Hebrews 9:11-14). The blood of Christ is what purifies and cleanses us (Hebrews 9:23-28).
Application Question: What is our response to God’s invite into His house? God desires worshippers full of thanksgiving for the sacrifice of His own Son.