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Intro

We will be in tonight.
David Brooks, who is an op-ed writer for the New York Times, wrote a year ago in his weekly article that
“Exodus in a very real way is tied to the identity of Americans in that throughout our history, it has been the narrative that has shaped and formed us as a people.”
He pointed out he thinks all the issues that exist in the United States today are because of a loss of that narrative.
Our History
If you think about our history briefly, we are a nation based off of some sort of exodus.
Think about it. The Puritans and Pilgrims made their way over because why?
They were fleeing. The were performing an exodus.
Later on we have the revolutionary war which was what? An exodus or leaving of the British.
Not long after that we had the Civil war which was what? An exodus from slavery.
Then we had the Civil rights movement in the 60’s.
This is all language that points to or surrounds the very same narrative that we are currently studying now in Exodus.
Tabernacle
Last week we covered the tabernacle.
The overall idea to take away from that tabernacle and making relevant for today was seeing that God, in all that he is, has a longing to dwell among his creation.
I find this absolutely stunning.
You could also say that it is the same for us.
Augustine Quote
Augustine would say it like this: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”
This idea of tabernacling. God with us.
God in us via the Holy Spirit because of Christ.
That restlessness we feel (that maybe even right now you feel in here) that you just can’t quite get past something, and you’re not sure what it is.
See, we have a creator and our hearts will only be at rest when we are with the creator.
C.S. Lewis Quote
Then C.S. Lewis would say it like this: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
There it is again. This sort of restlessness.
One day you will have a car, a house, a spouse, kids, family and then, only then after all of that, if you still feel a bit restless, C.S. Lewis says it can only be one logical conclusion.
Your heart is longing for another world. Your heart is longing to be with the creator.
Getting in the Presence
We understand and get the fact that God is among us. This is great news. Where I want to go is more in the opposite direction.
How do We come into God’s presence?
It sounds like it might be easy but here is the issue.
It is an issue that we haven’t addressed yet.
God is a Holy god and we are sinners. We are unholy. The bible in fact refers to God as an all consuming fire. This is how Holy he is.
The holiness of God burns so brightly and beautifully that is consumes everything that is not Holy.
If you actually think about, the idea that God is among us is an extremely scary thing. Just straight because nothing that in unholy can be in the presence of the Lord without being utterly destroyed.
So the question or elephant in the room is, “How do we get into the presence of the lord if we are unholy?”
breakdown.
Let’s go Exodus chapter 27.
Quickly before we read this. One fun fact.
What we are about to read might kind of seem out of place but we all know that this possibly can’t be true because it is the word of God. Everything was written the way it was for a reason.
If we read back, we can see that the lampstand was discussed in . Now in 27, we are going to read about the light being turned on right before we dive into the priestly garments.
It would be like you write a story talking about the lampstand, then you moved on and come back to talking about the light being on 3 chapters later.
Your english teacher, if she is good at what she does, would most likely circle the “light on” section and draw a big read arrow pointing back to where it should be placed following the lampstand.
This is what we have going on in this area. So it’s a bit odd but with God, noting is odd or out of place.
For the future, if you ever notice something like in the bible, Pay Attention
There is a reason for it.
Lets Dive in
Scripture Reading
Exodus 27:20
Exodus 27:20–21 ESV
“You shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that a lamp may regularly be set up to burn. In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout their generations by the people of Israel.
Skip ahead
Exodus 28:1
Exodus 28:1–5 ESV
“Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests—Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him for my priesthood. These are the garments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a coat of checker work, a turban, and a sash. They shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to serve me as priests. They shall receive gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen.
Now skip ahead again. Lets read about the altar and incense.
Exodus 30:1–6 ESV
“You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. A cubit shall be its length, and a cubit its breadth. It shall be square, and two cubits shall be its height. Its horns shall be of one piece with it. You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And you shall make a molding of gold around it. And you shall make two golden rings for it. Under its molding on two opposite sides of it you shall make them, and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. And you shall put it in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you.
Exodus 30:1-
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Exodus 30:6–10 ESV
And you shall put it in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you. And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it, and when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations. You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it. Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year. With the blood of the sin offering of atonement he shall make atonement for it once in the year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.”
Exodus 30:6–10 ESV
And you shall put it in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you. And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it, and when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations. You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it. Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year. With the blood of the sin offering of atonement he shall make atonement for it once in the year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.”
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