Monday, February 6, 2017

Sanctuary Language

The term “sanctuary language” is indicative of the religious activity described in the Old Testament relative to how God’s chosen people worshipped.

The Lord God had called a man named Moses to lead His people out of bondage, in the country of Egypt, where they had bee enslaved for many generations. After the people were freed, God instructed Moses to have the people build Him a place of worship, called the sanctuary or tabernacle of God.

God was very specific concerning this building, for it was to explain the various attributes and activities concerning the coming Messiah/Savior, Jesus Christ. The people of God having been enslaved for so many years, and having been exposed to so many other gods, had lost much of the sanctity associated with worship of the Creator God. I will not explain it in full detail; if you would like to understand this worship style more fully, please click on this link:

There were three parts to the sanctuary meeting place: The outer court, which surrounded a tent that had two sections; the first section in the tent called the Holy Place and the second section of the tent called the Most Holy Place.

There were six items located within the meeting areas: The brazen altar of sacrifice and the laver (located in the outer court); the table of showbread; the seven golden candlesticks and the altar of incense (located in the Holy Place); plus the Ark of the Covenant (located in the Most Holy Place).

Each of these pieces of furniture had a very special meaning; each represented some aspect of the coming Messiah; each section of the meeting place, beginning with the brazen altar of sacrifice, showed the progression in the plan of salvation.

There were seven specific feasts of worship; each one representing a specific role that the Messiah or other divine being would play in the role of mankind’s redemption.

Consequently, as we read through the book of Revelation and we see certain terminology depicting the sanctuary service, we are being referred back to that time in the Jewish worship history and what that particular piece of furniture stood for, or the feast associated with the sanctuary worship. We need to understand that John is trying to help us to make a connection; sanctuary language means worship!

I know that this is a great deal to absorb at one time. However, as we continue this series, more and more things will become clearer. Also, I plan to repeat and refer to the former blogs; therefore you may want to flag them in your email box, so that you will have them for references.

This will end today’s session. Be sure to tune in next time. For additional Bible Study, click the link below. Goodbye!

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