July 12, 2020

Numbers 4: 1-49.–Yesterday, we went through this chapter and our emphasis was on following the commandments of God to the letter. Aaron and his sons were to cover everything in the sanctuary (holy things) before the Kohathites carry them as they set forth on the journey. When I listened to the teachings of Pastor Benny Hinn, I had more understanding of the significance of everything in the sanctuary. They were all made according to the pattern of the Tabernacle in heaven shown to Moses. Now I would like to go into the explanation of each content as follows:

The entire Sanctuary represents the Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom glory, honor, and adoration belong. Amen. At the entrance (gate) of the sanctuary, we have the veil (blinds) made of different colors, He says that the gate represents our introduction to the kingdom of God as a believer. Jesus says “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  The altar has four horns, which represents forgiveness, deliverance, death of the old life. and sacrifice or yielding to Him. The altar, therefore, represents the cross of Jesus where He laid down His life for mankind and it also represents the place of my (and your) death to old life and the beginning of the new life (yielding to Him). So it is a place where believers are reconciled to God.

The brazen laver stands for sanctification where believers after being washed in the blood of Jesus will now be made holy (sanctified) through the Word. He says the laver is made like a mirror where you can see yourself (Exodus 30:17-21). So the Word of God is a mirror and we need to wash constantly with the Word. This allows us to see ourselves as we truly are, and then make amends where necessary, which has to be done daily for the process of sanctification. Then we have the Lampstand which stands for illumination. Revelations 1:12 says “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded with a golden band…” In the remaining part, we are told that the lampstands represent the seven churches revealed to John. So the significance of the lampstands is for the churches to have understanding of the Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1).  Then we have the Shewbread which represents satisfaction. Jesus is the bread of life. He says in John 6:33-40: “For the bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world.”  He also goes further to say “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

He says the incense represents the prayers of the saints (intercession), while the Ark of Covenant represents His communion or intimacy with us, He dwells in us and we dwell in Him. The Ark of Covenant was situated in the Holy of Holies, where God meets with the priest once a year with the blood of sacrifice for his sins and the sins of the congregation. This is why Hebrews talks about our Lord Jesus Christ who entered with His blood through laying down of His life once and for all for mankind. All our sins were taken care of when we identified with all that our Lord Jesus did for us. This was a revelation to me that the sacrifice (shedding the blood of the Lamb) was already done from the foundation of the world, and what we do here on earth is a foreshadow of what is in Heaven. The temple represents the presence of God and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” May the LORD bless us and give us an understanding of the mystery of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. Shalom!

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