When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat.He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goatand confessover it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task.The goat will carry on itself all their sinsto a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness. – Leviticus 16:20-22
When I clean house, it always feels good to get it done, but I always wonder about the dust. I would dust one week and the next week it would be back laying on the tables, picture frames and figurines. I just got rid of it! I wish there was a way it could permanently leave.
When we look into our own lives and “clean house” on ourselves, we find things that we thought we got rid of laying around our heart and soul. This kind of dust can be cleaned away permanently with Jesus. Those bad thoughts, harsh words, non-caring actions and other parts of us that do not honor God need to be cleaned out. Laying those things on the cross and allowing Jesus to carry them away is real. He will do it. Don’t allow the dust to take over your life.
Prayer: God, I thank you for providing a way that I can rid of sin in my life. Jesus is the way to clean it out of my house. I pray that your Spirit will show me where the dust is in my house and help me clean it out. Amen
Faith Tip: Check your temple for any cleaning that needs to be done. Allow God to do it.
Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:7-11).
I have some friends that moved to another state some years back. Through technology, it was possible to stay in touch, but it never is the same as being face to face in conversation—sharing our lives and hearts with one another. I recently heard they were moving back after being gone about six years. I am so happy that we will once again have the opportunity to share each other’s life face to face. A lot has happened to us both over the six years they were gone and we are changed. That’s God’s plan to continually change us and it is normally done through the experiences in our lives.
One thing that never changes is how we can meet God face to face at any time. It is a wonderful gift to know that God never moves away and we have to rely on technology to keep in touch. The Lord’s presence is with us now. It is a wonderful and joyous reality. We are truly never alone.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your continual presence in my life. You are there to speak to me at any time. I pray that I never take this wonderful gift for granted. Amen
Faith Tip: Take time today to talk face to face with God.
“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning” (Exodus 27:20).
As I read this verse, I wondered why the oil needed to be clear for the light in the lamps. It seems that the lamps could shine brighter and longer with the oil being free from any dregs in the pressing process. This reminded me that often it is the dregs of life that keep us from shining brightly and for a long time. The world offers dregs to form in our spiritual life and the way quite often to press the dregs out is through challenges.
Challenges in life are a common denominator for the human race. We all have struggles, but it’s how we respond that makes the difference. If we sink more into the world, the sediment will add up. But if we press into God and allow the Holy Spirit to clear away the residue that resides, we will be made free to light up for Jesus for a long time.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for helping me deposit dregs where they belong—in the trash. I pray that the oil of my spirit joins with yours to make a light bright and beautiful for all to see to draw others closer to you. Amen
Faith Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to find a dreg in you that needs to be cleared out, and then press into the One who created you and desires clear oil in your spirit.
Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. (Hebrews 9:1-4)
God always provides, doesn’t he? In the Old Testament, there was a need to worship God as the Isrealites traveled in the desert for 40 years. God provided the Tabernacle. It was a location for God’s presence to be felt and worshiped. It had meaning in every detail. God also had restrictions on who could enter because of his holiness. The people would gather outside of the tent to worship God. The priests would do their ministry in the first room, but the high priest would enter the Most Holy Place once a year to offer sacrifices for himself and the people. This met their need at that time, but it wasn’t enough.
Then Jesus came. In being the one true sacrifice for all sin, as he died on the cross the curtain was ripped in two in the Tabernacle showing access to all to come into the Most Holy Place, because the need to be cleansed from sin for all was fulfilled once and for all. We are now Tabernacles that walk and talk because the Holy Spirit was put in us for the purpose of God to reside in each one of us. God wants to be with us. He wants us to have full access to him.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that I can come to you with confidence knowing your great love for me and that you are a God that listens and acts. I pray that I never take that wonderful gift for granted. Amen.
Faith tip: Take a look of all that had to be done for the creation of and ministering in the Tabernacle, and compare it to our access of God today. Give God thanks!