Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Tent of Meeting - Exodus 29

The Tent of Meeting

Exodus 29:44
"So I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. 45 Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. 46 They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.

The “Tent of Meeting” is the place that the Israelites went to when they were on the move from Egypt. This was an easily deconstructed tent structure that could be reassembled wherever they decided to stay for awhile. It wasn’t permanent, but it was a sacred place that they could go and do their sacrificing, while in the wilderness.

So, even when we are in the wilderness, we have a place or refuge to go to? It’s a “Tent of Meeting” where we can go and be with God and consecrate ourselves. In case you were wondering, consecration is making yourself set aside for a holy/sacred purpose. That is why in Exodus 29 the Lord gives numerous instructions to Moses and Aaron on how to consecrate themselves. Actually it was Aaron who would become the priesthood, his family, and those after him. Aaron was in essence the first Levite, which was a tribe of Judah, dedicated to being the priest of the temple of the Lord.

Inside the Tent of Meeting is the Ark of the Covenant, the seat of God, one of the most holiest possessions of the people of Israel. Even in the wilderness, after emerging from the grips of the Egyptian, after hundreds of years of slavery, the Lord stands beside us. The only unique thing about our generation is that we have The Tent of Meeting, within us, wherever we go. The Israelites had to pick it up and move it from one location to the other, but that never prevented them from having a relationship with the Lord.

Some might wonder why God would allow the Israelites to make sacrifices of animals and not require it like He does in our generation. Then He told me it was because of the vile things that the Israelites had encountered while in Egyptian territory. It was God’s means of consecrating His people both physically and mentally.

Consecration is not just physical consecration, but of the mind as well. You may not speak some very vile things, but do you think them? Do you ever catch yourself wondering what it would be like just to taste that piece of pie? Or do you call someone a name in your head “That jerk!” We all do it. However, we need to reprogram ourselves from that thought structure.

It may be hard, but God is worth every step of the journey to consecration of ourselves. If you so choose to do so, it means you have to stop watching things that are evil. Stop celebrating certain holidays like Halloween or even the Day of the Dead. You must rid yourself of everything that is an offense to the Lord. That means EVERYTHING you put in your mind and body. Do you smoke? Do you eat to much? Do you listen to music that doesn’t praise God (some Christian music does this)? Do you watch things that are violent, endorse magic, evil? Look what you are wasting your time on instead of spending it with the Lord. Quit putting these things before Him and come to the Lord. The Lord will never leave nor forsake you, but do you really want Him to stand among that filth in your life? Do you really want Him to even see what you are doing? No. He deserves far better than that.

Consecration is a beautiful thing, in this act we are making ourselves holy and pure, a dwelling place for the Lord. We are sending Him the message that we find Him more important than the things of this world. Why would you treat the person who freed you from your Egpyt, like He is nothing?

I hear the Lord saying “Stop acting like Egypt, you’re not there anymore. It’s time to consecrate your heart, your mind, your body and start acting like a child of God.”

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