It is has often been said that freedom is never free. Nowhere was that truth more clearly seen than at the altar in front of the tabernacle. Day after day, the perpetual stream of blood sacrifices showed God’s people the severity and scope of their sin so that they might receive the riches and responsibilities of His grace. It all pointed forward to the ultimate Sacrifice who would impart ultimate grace through the ultimate cost of His own body on the cross.
God knows the struggles we face in a fallen world and loves us enough to meet us where we are, travel with us on our journey, and provide intimate access to Himself through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. The tabernacle is far more than a tent. It represents the heart of God for a wayward and needy people like us!
One of the Apostle Paul’s key goals in ministry was to present everyone complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28). He understood that the true Christian life is one in which believers increasingly think and act biblically. Through Bible study, prayer, meaningful discussion and other opportunities small groups help individual believers, and thus the body as a whole, grow in Christ-likeness.
Just as our bodies need nourishment to live, so our souls need the sustaining presence of God. Likewise, just as our eyes need light to see where we’re going, so we need the Light of God’s presence to shine into every aspect of our lives. The tabernacle table and lampstand represented God’s perfect sustenance and guidance, ultimately found in the Lord Jesus Christ.