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Leviticus 16:15-16

Hi everyone!

This Sunday we will be reading together for our “Creation to Consummation” reading Leviticus 16:15-16. 

“Then he [the High Priest] shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.  Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins.” 

This event takes places on what was known on the Jewish calendar as the Day of Atonement.  This was the most important day in the Jewish year.  It was the one day on which the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place where the Ark of the Covenant was located, which was considered to be the very throne of God on earth, and there he would take the blood of the sacrificial goat and sprinkle it on the Mercy Seat—the Ark of the Covenant—thereby atoning for the sins of God’s people.  However, this ritual never actually atoned for sins but instead was intended to remind the people of their sinfulness and point them towards their need for a genuine savior (Heb. 10:1-4, 11).  Ultimately, that genuine savior is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, who as our great High Priest, offers himself as a sacrifice.  “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (v.14).  Looking forward to Sunday!

Blessings,

Hexon

Tapestry Community Church

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Exodus 40:34-35

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Hi friends!

This Sunday for our corporate scripture reading, “Creation to Consummation,” we will be reading together Exodus 40:34-35 which says,

“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” 

This is such a monumental moment in the history of Israel and in the history of redemption.  In Genesis 3, after Adam and Eve sinned against God, they were cast from the Garden, cast from the presence of God.  Now some 2,500 years later, God once again tabernacles among his people.  In fact, the tabernacle spoken of in this passage was to be located in the very center of the nation of Israel as the made their way across the wilderness on their way to the promised land, with three tribes encamped on each side of the tabernacle.  This all points to the greater reality of the coming of Christ who is the Temple of God (John 2:18-22) who tabernacled among the people of Israel for three years.  It further points toward the even greater reality of the new heaven and the new earth when we are told that “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away" (Rev. 21:3-4).  The curse and banishment of Genesis 3 is reversed and, once again, God will fully and completely dwell in the midst of his people.  Oh what a glorious day that will be!  Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Blessings,

Hexon

Tapestry Community Church

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