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When All Else Fails, Read The Directions (3 Of 12)
Series: Victory in the Wilderness
Dr. Stan Coffey
July 10, 1988
INTRODUCTION: In our last lesson we saw that in our journey through the wilderness of life we are not alone, God dwells with His people to give us victory in the wilderness. The Israelites also had to be assured of the presence of God as they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. The Tabernacle given to God by Moses was the Lord's dwelling place among the people. If ever they doubted the presence of God they only had to look at the Tabernacle to be reassured that God was in their midst. Last week we looked at the foundation of the Tabernacle and the structure of the Tabernacle. The foundation made of silver symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ which buys our redemption. The silver from which the Tabernacle foundation was constructed was a mandatory ransom offering - Exodus 30:11 and following. The New Testament believers are redeemed not by gold and silver but by the precious blood of Christ. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness just as the Tabernacle was built. upon the atonement money of a silver foundation. The structure of the Tabernacle was made of boards which symbolizes humanity and covered with gold, which symbolizes deity. The boards were connected with five bars symbolizing the five ministries in Ephesians 4:11 that God has given to the church to be a unifying force. God has given five bars (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) so that the church will not be blown around by every wind of doctrine.
I. CHRIST OUR SECURITY - THE FIRST COVERING OF THE TABERNACLE - Ex. 26
A. The symbolism of the colors - Christ in all of His glory
1. White linen or white which stands for the sinlessness of Christ
2. Blue which stands for the sonship of Christ (blue is the color of heaven)
3. Purple which stands for the sovereignty of Christ (purple is the color that the sovereign wore ...
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