And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:8.
“I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God,” “and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory” (Exodus 29:45, 43), was the assurance given to Moses.
In the building of the sanctuary as a dwelling place for God, Moses was directed to make all things according to the pattern of things in the heavens. God called him into the mount, and revealed to him the heavenly things, and in their similitude the tabernacle, with all that pertained to it, was fashioned.
So to Israel, whom He desired to make His dwelling place, He revealed His glorious ideal of character. The pattern was shown them in the mount when the law was given from Sinai….
But this ideal they were, in themselves, powerless to attain. The revelation at Sinai could only impress them with their need and helplessness. Another lesson the tabernacle, through its service of sacrifice, was to teach—the lesson of pardon of sin, and power through the Saviour for obedience unto life.
Through Christ was to be fulfilled the purpose of which the tabernacle was a symbol—that glorious building, its walls of glistening gold reflecting in rainbow hues the curtains inwrought with cherubim, the fragrance of ever-burning incense pervading all, the priests robed in spotless white, and in the deep mystery of the inner place, above the mercy seat, between the figures of the bowed, worshiping angels, the glory of the Holiest. In all, God desired His people to read His purpose for the human soul. It was the same purpose long afterward set forth by the apostle Paul, speaking by the Holy Spirit:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17.
The Faith I Live By p. 192
Prayer Requests
—-Please continue to pray for Lou. She is now in rehab. Eileen
—-Please pray for my neighbor whose 5yr old son shot himself. Kay
—-Please pray for my colleague going through marital problems. That satan will take his hands off their marriage. And that they will come to know Christ. Rosemary
—-asking for prayer for someone who got punched hard in their one good eye (their other eye is already blind) while trying to confront a person known for angry outbursts…Please pray for HEALING so their sight will remain in tact, & also for some type of resolution for everyone’s safety involved. Heidi
Dear Friends,
In the 1930’s, a little boy named Donnie, who had a beautiful voice, used to sing in church. As he got older, he continued to sing and often had special music. Sadly, he never recognized this ability as a gift from God because of all of the praise he received.
As he got older, he used his talent for singing in the entertainment industry. He was sure that the world would praise him as much as the church members did. He never reached the fame that he was sure he deserved, but spent his life in small clubs singing for people whose minds were clouded by alcohol. Success always eluded him. He was never really happy. He had no family, no true friends, no worldly possessions except what he could carry in his car. Recently, I saw someone on Facebook, who had his unusual last name, so I contacted her. She told me that he had eventually come back to Kalamazoo, but was not excepted back into his extended family because of his choices in life. He finally died a broken, lonely, old man. Truly his was a wasted life.
How important it is to make right choices in the little things of life as well as the large. How different Don’s life would have been had he given God the glory for his talent. What a happy and fulfilling life he could have had had he used his beautiful gift for the Lord.
May we declare as did Joshua, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve, . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

The Purpose of the Sanctuary
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