Tabernacle In The Wilderness: The Holy Place - Part 2 and The Holy of Holies - Part 1 (by Pastor Linda Pugsley
(Scriptures on the details of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness can be found in Exodus Chapters 24-27 and 36-40; Scriptures on the details of the Priesthood can be found in Exodus Chapters 28-31)
In the Holy Place were the Lampstand, the Table of Shewbread and the Altar of Incense. Last week, we covered the Lampstand and the Table of Shewbread and were blessed to see the significance and relevance of long ago commands to our lives and spiritual walk today.
The Altar of Incense
The incense used was not only costly and specially crafted; it was burned continuously day and night. What a picture of what our praises should be, rising continuously to the Lord as a pleasing fragrance to Him.
The “continual” incense also demonstrates that our prayers should be constant and reminds us that Jesus is ever interceding for us. I am in such awe of God that He developed such an elaborate plan that has such intimate detail and meaning...both for the priesthood and people of the Tabernacle era as well as its relevance for God’s people today.
Another little nugget to nibble on—the placement of the Altar of Incense was important, too—it was between the Holy Place (the earthly experiences of God’s people) and the Holy of Holies (being in the very presence of God). The message is clear...be in constant praise in order to come into the holy presence of God Almighty. God set the standard back then and has not changed it.
The Holy of Holies
God wanted a place to “meet” with His people, a place to extend His mercy, hold His testimony and instruct and guide His people. Thus, He required the “Holy of Holies”. Only one item was in the Holy of Holies...the Ark of the Covenant, in which were the 10 Commandments, a gold pot of Manna and Aaron’s rod that budded. We will discuss each of these in detail as we continue our study.
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