CHAMPION CHURCH • PASTOR STEPHEN BLOOMFIELD
Hit Pause and Worship • God of the Movement, Week Four
Week1: The miracles of the moment that bring instant deliverance.
Week 2: How God empowers us over the long haul, providing for and protecting us.
Week 3: How it’s all about following the Cloud – the manifest presence of God.
This Week: Another significant part of the journey of Israel through the wilderness –
The Building Of The Tabernacle.
- God devoted 50 chapters of the Bible to the details of the Tabernacle, so it’s very important in that it shows us a lot about Jesus Christ.
- What we’re going to do, as part of our look at the journey of Israel through the wilderness between Egypt and the Promised Land is to understand the big points of the Tabernacle, and that was to point us to the New Testament truth about the work of Christ and the presence of God among his people.
The Wilderness is the Birthplace of Worship
Exodus 25:1-8 NLT
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them. 3 Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen and goat hair for cloth; 5 tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; 7 onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chestpiece. 8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them. 9 You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.
We’re going to talk about three principles, in progression, and I want you to hear them all up front and then we’ll unwrap them one at a time…
- God wants to come down and meet with his people.
- God wants to dwell among his people.
- God wants his people to dwell in him.
There are certain “stop everything, drop everything, and worship” moments that come along in our lives. God shows himself powerfully in these moments.
- For us, they happen every week on Sunday as God’s people gather together in weekly corporate worship. But you must understand… it’s not about the building.
- It’s about the people who gather.God’s people, individually and corporately, are the permanent dwelling place for the Spirit of God.
1. God wants to come down and meet with his people.
- God wants to restore His communion (intimacy) with us
- He wants to walk with us – as He did in the garden
1 Corinthians 6:19 CEV
You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own.
When we worship in unity, we are like a holy Temple where the Spirit shows up and manifests himself among us.
2. God wants to dwell among his people.
- The Tabernacle was merely a picture of Jesus!
John 1:14 AMP
And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.
3. God wants his people to dwell with and in him forever.
In heaven someday, there will be no need for a Temple because we will be in perfect unity with God’s presence forever.
Revelation 21:22-24 MSG
But there was no sign of a Temple, for the Lord God—the Sovereign-Strong—and the Lamb are the Temple. The City doesn’t need sun or moon for light. God’s Glory is its light, the Lamb its lamp! The nations will walk in its light and earth’s kings bring in their splendor.
That starts NOW! We don’t need a Temple. We don’t need a building – a building is just a tool. It’s just a place to gather.
John 15:5 GWT
I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t produce anything without me.
Does he live in you? Do you live in him?