The tabernacle which God provided to the Israelites in the wilderness
was a testimony of Jesus Christ. In Let Us Draw Near, Judson Cornwall
lays open the building of the tabernacle with its specific instructions
and commands to show us how every detail pointed to the coming Messiah.
If you have ever been confused by the book of Exodus or gotten lost in
the seemingly endless sacrifices, laws, and regulations given to the people
of Israel, this book will help show you the simplicity and purity of Gods
plan to draw His chosen ones. Cornwall uses a creative on-going dialogue
to show us Moses, after he received the plans on Mount Sinai, Bezaleel,
overseeing the building and artistry involved in the construction, Aaron
and the priesthood learning the purpose of their ministry. And woven throughout
the entire experience is the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Cornwall devotes a chapter to each of the 7 pieces of furniture found
in the tabernacle. He writes each piece offers a progressive revelation
of God and His nature. The material out of which it is constructed, the
dimensions, and its usage all make God more meaningful and understandable.
Additionally, as the priest ministers at each station he will find himself
being changed from faith to faith and from glory to
glory. God has chosen this method to reveal Himself and to change
His man.(page 9) God desired to make all of Israel a kingdom of
priests and a holy nation but when they could not bear hearing His voice
He set His tabernacle among them and gave them all free access to the
outer court of His dwelling place. Furthermore, He made a way for His
appointed priests to come into the inner court and even into the holy
of holies, both to minister unto God and receive from Him. As believer-priests
we can also draw near to God. The truths of the brazen altar, the laver,
the candlestick, the table of show bread, the altar of incense, the ark
of the covenant, and the mercy seat each have a spiritual significance
for Christians today. As I read Cornwalls detailed description of
each piece of furniture it encouraged me to seek the Lord to have these
things built and continuously increasing in my life. I dont want
to become satisfied at the table of show bread, a forshadow of fellowship,
or even at the altar of incense, a forshadow of worship. I dont
want to settle for knowing a portion of Gods character but I desire
the fullness of who He is. I want to enter into the holy of holies. The
author of Hebrews writes Seeing then that
we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a
High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all
points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly
to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help
in time of need.(Hebrews 4:14-16)
Cornwalls insight into the tabernacle reveals the truth that Jesus
Christ is our righteousness. In John 14:6 Jesus said I am the way,
the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The only way we can draw near to God is through the cross of Christ yet
so often we try to make our own way just as the children of Israel did.
Cornwall writes Amazingly, the human heart quickly contents itself
with something short of God, and devises elaborate substitutes for Him.
Gods simple route of approach is replaced by mans complex
rites of religion. Repentance is replaced by penance, cleansing is replaced
by ceremony, substitutional sacrifice is replaced by institutional service,
and coming to church replaces coming to God. Whether it is mans
innate fear of approaching God, or religons ingrained reluctance
to allow man the freedom to attain such an intimate relationship with
God is debatable, but the result is the same: man and God are separated.
This is so true of our human nature. Havent we seen it happen time
and again throughout history from the days of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
to the church today? Yet in 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 it is said of us
For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I
will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they
shall be My people. As the temple
of the living God we need to have the articles that God ordained
to be in His temple restored to our lives. Paul continues by writing Therefore,
having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness
of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
We need the ministry of the cross and the water of the word to cleanse
us from sin and wash us clean. We need the spirit and fire of God, true
fellowship, and pure worship to bring us into a right relationship with
Him. And we need both His judgment and His mercy in order to come before
God and intimately know Him. There is only one way we can do this... Jesus
is the way! Therefore come boldly!
Let us draw near! BACK_TO_TOP