Wednesday – God Will Make a Way
By George Volpe
“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” Revelation 21:22
Overwhelmed by an awakened conscience, Adam and Eve hid from God when they normally communed together in the “cool of the day,” likely the evening. God, who will not abide sin in His presence, cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. The intended relationship of God with men was broken. Fellowship was broken. Communication was broken. And it would have remained that way had not God provided the means by which man’s relationship with Him could be restored.
Man was created to live in God’s presence in a glorious and peaceful garden on earth. But this was not just a garden. This garden had the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And I’m sure it had abundantly more wondrous things that we don’t know about. But the most important thing it had was the presence of God. God walked with man in this garden. It may have been an earthly representation of God’s abode in Heaven.
When mankind was cast out of Eden, hundreds of years went by before men started to call on God again. Though men tried to reach Heaven with a tower, with misguided worship on high places, and with multitudes of man-made religious inventions, none of those attempts were in any way successful in restoring man’s need for the presence of God.
About 2,400 years after Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden, God gave Moses the commandment to build the Tabernacle. It was a portable dwelling architected by God in every detail. God was providing a temporary means by which His presence could dwell once again among, and despite, His chosen people. The eastern entrance, the levels of entry leading to the holiest place through cleansing and sacrifice, and all the furniture, all the materials, and all the designs were meaningful heavenly symbols. They were shadows of God’s heavenly abode and paradise lost. The Tabernacle would become the temple where God would meet with His children.
The earthly temple was a place of worship, prayer, praise, sacrifice, consecration, and remembering the law of God. It pictured the presence of God, hidden behind the veil which only one man could enter once a year with great fear and exacting preparation. But a building could never be a final dwelling for the presence of God. It pictured God’s plan of redemption through the eternal sacrifice of Jesus. God was setting the stage for the only possible lasting way back into His presence.
Read Hebrews 9.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 3