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  • Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests by Edward T. Welch

    “In God’s House” (Chapter 14)

    Exodus 25:8–9 NIV
    8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
    “God’s Home(s)”
    Eden: life and communion
    Mt. Sinai: sacrifices, meals, communion, & promises
    Most detail provided in Scripture of any of God’s dwelling places
    Based on a heavenly pattern
    God’s people lived in tents, and he would dwell in a tent in the midst of them.
    God’s “home consisted of a tent, surrounded by a courtyard, which was surrounded by the people of Israel, and beyond them was the world that needed the God of Israel.” - Edward Welch
    Pictures of God’s Character
    The tabernacle’s design and composition revealed much about God’s character:
    Fine white linen, purples, blues, and reds, gold, silver, and bronze
    Bronze Altar - people need to be forgiven and cleansed before going into God’s house.
    Laver - the necessity for washing/cleansing
    Light and Life
    Golden lampstand shaped to remind of the tree of life in Eden
    Table of the bread of presence - God’s care for Israel.
    Divine hospitality
    Grace and Beauty
    Altar of Incense - the sweet smelling aroma rising to the heavens represented the prayers of God’s people brought into the presence of God.
    Holiness and Glory
    Most Holy Place and Ark of the Covenant - God’s throne in God’s throne room
    Only allowed access once a year by the High Priest
    God’s glorious presence came to dwell among his people.
    “The tabernacle was a visual representation of God’s world along with specific instruction on how his people were to come near. Each detail was intended to prepare humanity to recognize Jesus when he came and gathered all these details into himself.” - Edward Welch

    “Priests Clothed” (Chapter 15)

    For Glory and for Beauty
    Exodus 28:1–2 NIV
    1 “Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. 2 Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor.
    God clothes us to make us beautiful and glorious to stand in his presence.
    “God has designed our clothes, and they will make us quite presentable.” - Edward Welch
    Characteristics of the Priestly Clothing
    Special - Consecrated
    Holy - made of same linen and yarns of the tabernacle itself, gold plate on turban: “holy to the Lord”
    “...image bearers—human beings—were the ones intended to represent God most accurately. The tabernacle, indeed, reflected his glory, but walking, living tabernacles were always the plan. The priestly coverings pointed to the Spirit-filled tabernacles that were to come, when we would all be made holy in Jesus Christ.” - Edward Welch
    Representative - names of the 12 tribes engraved on stones on the shoulder pieces and on the jewels of the breastplate.
    “The high priest carried the people everywhere, even into the Most Holy Place.” - Edward Welch
    Wisdom - Urim and Thummim represented wise judgment in consultation with the Lord’s will.
    “The image of God in humanity was being restored. The discernment and wisdom lost at Eden were available because God was with his people.” - Edward Welch
    Royal - Turban with royal, crown-like overtones
    “When you take a step back, it becomes clear: the priestly garment mimicked the tabernacle... The priest was a living version of the tabernacle. The priest and tabernacle both imaged God.” - Edward Welch
    Psalm 84:10 NIV
    10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
    “The priests were blessed to be attendants at God’s residence, but their presence there pointed to a much greater reality: his presence with his people would be so intimate that he would actually reside within them.” - Edward Welch
    “We look ahead and see that we are, both singularly and corporately, living tabernacles, and a tabernacle is where God resides with his people.” - Edward Welch
    1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV
    19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
    “The Father over us, Jesus with us, and the Spirit in us—all this intimacy is now in view in the priestly story.” - Edward Welch
      • Exodus 25:8–9NIV2011

      • Exodus 28:1–2NIV2011

      • Psalm 84:10NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 6:19NIV2011

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