We continue our review of the Logos series this week as Pastor Anthony Mangun and Brother Larry Clark examine The Tabernacle and how it relates to us today.
Lesson 4: The Tabernacle
While Pastor and Brother Larry hit on the laws and their different categories, they focused on the tabernacle for two reasons: it's spiritual importance to us today and its absence from teaching in all denominations today. We've all learned about the ten commandments, but few churches have ever delved into the tabernacle. It's something that Pastor Anthony has been passionate about and it came out in the lesson tonight.
Pastor and Brother Larry made a point to say that God, throughout history and the Bible, has wanted to dwell with and relate to man. The tabernacle was the first physical place where God did this regularly.
Throughout the lesson, Pastor pointed out how the tabernacle represented our own relationship and connection to God: The inner court representing the body, the holy place representing the soul and the holy of holies representing the spirit. He argued that this layout showed how we had to turn over every area of our lives to God, going deeper as we develop that relationship.
He went further than that, though, showing that as we go deeper in the tabernacle plan of praying, the noise and the influence of the world and others gets quieter and we can hear God more clearly. These were just a couple of the many treasures unearthed in this study.
Pastor also briefly touched on the items of the tabernacle and how each item teaches how we can connect with God on a deeper level. He did not go into great depth, but there is a lesson on this from years ago that can be bought through White Steeple Bookstore.
What else stood out in this study was the interactivity of the participants. Up until now, the two ladies being taught have sat in agreement and without many questions. However, when the tabernacle was brought up, they both were blown away at how it tied the Old and New Testament together as well as little it was taught in churches today. It was a special and inspiring moment to watch these ladies become illuminated to the power and importance of the tabernacle and using it as a guide to pray through.
Quotes and Notes:
According to Brother Larry, all the materials of the tabernacle were part of the reparations to Israel from Egypt for their years of slavery.
"Murmuring and complaining will lead you to want to return to that which God has delivered you from." Brother Larry on Israel's attitude directly after being delivered from Egypt and facing their first challenge in the wilderness.
"There's nothing to lose from trusting God," Brother Larry, on Israel turning to God when they were out of options.
"There are obstacles, but we have to see the victory," Pastor Anthony on Israel's focus once they entered the Promise Land.
"Why isn't this taught today?" One of the ladies when Pastor got through teaching the importance of the tabernacle.
Pastor quoted Christ and how he was the fulfillment of the Old Testament (Luke 24:44-45). He then made the following statement:
"In the Old Testament, the New Testament was concealed. In the New Testament, the Old Testament is fully revealed.
We hope you enjoyed this week's review of LOGOS. If you missed watching the lesson, you can watch it here. There's also a handout you can download on the same page. Tell us your thoughts on the lesson in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you and further sharing our thoughts on LOGOS.
LOGOS: A Bible Study Experience Lesson 4
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