Where does The LORD God Almighty, El Shaddai dwell, where is the place for HIS NAME? Is it on a mountain top, a sacred place in nature, perhaps it can be found in a temple obscured behind a veil? Is there a process or sequence of “steps” to take to enter into His Glorious Presence? We look into His Word for instruction, for guidance, and Wisdom. Three attributes we are to pursue are knowledge, understanding, and WISDOM. The FEAR of The Lord is the beginning of knowledge, a knowledge or “KNOWING” of The Holy One of Israel. For the LORD gives Wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. [Prov. 1:7, 2:6]
The earth is the Lords, it is his footstool, everything in it belongs to HIM. So will there really be a “dwelling” place for Him? [Ps 24:1, Mt. 5:35, Ex. 25:8, 1Ki. 8:27-29]
Moses, the prophet of The Lord, EL Elyon, Adonai Elhoim, YHWH! Is where we will first look to have this amazing encounter with the Lord Almighty. The Book of The Law, the first 5 books of our bible are full of instructionary literature that are not only precise in their precepts and good for doctrinal teaching, they also carry with them, the blue prints to know and to seek after the object of ALL of scripture and ALL our affection. The Divine Presence of The Living GOD.
In the Book of Exodus Moses is given instruction, to build or to replicate EVERYTHING he saw in the pattern shown to Him by The LORD , a glimpse into the Eternal Dwelling Place of God, His Throne, and the surrounding elements that lead unto this instance of a Divine encounter. From the mountain top to the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle) God spoke to Moses face to face. His countenance was so radiant and reflective that the people were terrified to see him and required for Moses to cover his face. This radiant reflection is known as the Shekinah Glory: the heavy, weighty, manifest presence of God. So how did Moses come to a PLACE in which he could meet (fellowship) with the King of Glory?
Before we look into the pattern Moses was shown, lets look at a few specific details that should not be overlooked found in Exodus 19. As the nation of Israel assembled and was consecrated at the foot of the mountain, God was about to “Show Up”. A DARK THICK CLOUD ( VEIL) descended upon the mountain top, a consuming FIRE engulfed the peaks. and the sound of the shofar (trumpet, specifically the rams horn) grew louder and louder! Thunder and lighting announced the arrival of The creator of heaven and earth. The sight and imagery are enough to makes us tremble and shake in awe even now. Then The Lord calls to His servant.
In the pattern Moses was shown we find the following elements, and the “order” for WORSHIP. [Ex. 25-27]
- The articles were to be Consecrated to The Lord: That is seperated/made HOLY
- An Altar: The FIRE of the LORD (*=more on this in upcoming articles)
- A Basin [washing]
- Entrance into the Holy Place [Tent of Meeting]
- The Golden Table for the BREAD of Presence (*WORD)
- The Golden Lampstand (*Holy Spirit/Oil)
- Altar of Incense (*Fragrance/Prayers)
- Veil…Holy of Holies (behind is where we desire access)
- The Mercy Seat, The Ark of His Covenant, His Throne in the earth.
In these designed elements for worship and fellowship with God Most High we must not get to focused on the physical construct of the articles, much more than that we must look into the purpose and intent of each process.
The Bible informs us that God changes not He is the SAME yesterday, today, and forever…hallelujah!
That means if we desire to approach, draw closer to Him, the principles are already laid out for us.
When Jesus gave up his spirit on the cross it is reported that the veil was rent from top to bottom, no longer do we gain access thru a once a year observance, nor by another intermediary. We have personal direct access. However, the elemental process to meet with and have a greater relationship as did Moses did with The Most High God remains the same. We must become a consecrated vessel, we must place ourselves upon the altar of FIRE, we must partake of the BREAD (Word made flesh), become illuminated by the Holy Spirit (Oil for the lampstand), taking coals from the altar mixed with our intercessory prayers as a fragrance before the Lord, “An offering made by FIRE A sweet AROMA unto The LORD” (Lev. 1-3), confirming His Lordship and covenant and Authority over or lives (His will). He will then come in power and might and majesty into that dwelling place we have prepared for him. A place for HIS NAME to Dwell . To declare to us, talk with us, guide us and as Moses pleaded with The Lord, do not let us go from this place UNLESS your Presence go with us! [Ex. 33:14-17]. We are to take him everywhere we go. His Presence in our lives should impact and effect the people we encounter, not because of who we are but because of whose Presence we’ve not only been in, but carry with us!
May The God of ALL things richly bless you and meet with you as you draw near to Him.
All Glory to Him!