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Exodus 28:34-35 A Sound Shall Be Heard

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 23, 2012


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Exodus 28:34-35 KJV. A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. (35) And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

When we study the prophecies about Jesus, there may not be a better source than the Tabernacle. Each item was a symbol pointing to Jesus and His relationship with us. If we only looked at stories connected with the Tabernacle, If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25 NLTse). Of course John was writing about all that Jesus did. There were a number of prophecies Jesus fulfilled directly connected with the Tabernacle and its services.

The high priest on earth entered the Most Holy Place in front of the Ark containing the 10 commandments once a year to sprinkle the blood from the sacrifice. So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood–not the blood of goats and calves–he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. (Hebrews 9:11-12 NLTse).

Exodus chapter 8 provides a vivid description of the apparel designed for Aaron the high priest. Hebrews chapter 8 begins a detailed description of Jesus’ ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. Together they paint a scene of not only what Jesus is doing now, but how He is dressed and the respect He shows His Father.

As a new believer I can’t help but notice how this subject has been preached. They tend to teach the extremes. On one side they preach only the good aspects of those like Moses and Joshua who believed and followed God to the best of their ability. They seem to ignore the heart of God’s Word by not looking into where they were in their walk with God. The details on how those closest to God grew and learned step by step to the relationship God wanted with them, how they learned to put away the world and rely more on God. Then they preach about the other extreme, those who had no faith, relied on themselves and refused to set aside the influences of the world. These would be the complainers, like the ten spies who kept Israel from entering the promised land.

What about the majority of the people in the Bible? Just because little was written about them does not mean God does not want us to learn from their experiences. But to look at what common people experienced requires a lot of time, thought and prayer. The facts are in God’s Word, you only have to be willing to listen and compare scripture. What do you think the common person experienced when Aaron entered the Most Holy Place?

Much like today, the average person is influenced by examples from both extremes, the good and the bad. Like most people today, they must have tried to find a comfort level some where in between. The average person waiting for Aaron to enter and leave the Most Holy place saw God’s miracles in Egypt. They walked though the Red Sea. They saw quail come from the horizon and manna drop from heaven. They also saw water flow from the rock. They had all this evidence and a mind to consider the message each detail contained. Some may have feared God, but others had a faith God can and would do anything for them. Their love for God would have cast out all fear.

Many people imagine a vast open area where people waited and watched as Aaron performed the sacrifice then proceeded to the Most Holy place where the Ark was kept. The outer court of the Tabernacle was about 75 feet wide by 150 feet long. The opening on one end was 30 feet wide. Most people would have gathered around the outside of the court to listen to Aaron entering and leaving the Most Holy place. The curtains for the court were made of fine linen. So the entire courtyard will be 150 feet long and 75 feet wide, with curtain walls 7 feet high, made from finely woven linen. The bases for the posts will be made of bronze. (Exodus 27:18 NLTse)

Most people did not see the service, but gathered around to listen. The few at the entrance of the court saw Aaron enter into the Tabernacle. There is a question of what the outside of the tabernacle looked like. Some translations say the outside covering was made of badger skins. Some claim it was a type of antelope. Most agree the outside of the Tabernacle was black. It must of seemed strange to watch Aaron entering a black structure to minister to God. It’s almost as if God is telling us today, His work in the Holy Sanctuary will be a mystery. I think of the outside covering of the Tabernacle as a symbol of a closed Bible. One that remains unread. Hence the mystery.

Can you imagine how quite it must have been? The bells on the bottom of Aaron’s hem had to be heard through layers of curtains consisting of linen, sheep skins, goats hair, and badger skins, then across the courtyard. It was not as easy to hear the bells as some people may have imagined.

But who is listening today? Who is gathering around the Tabernacle to watch what Jesus is doing? As a new believer I can see why God put curtains up around the Tabernacle with such a narrow opening. Does it represent the number of people who will actually care what Jesus is doing in the last days of the world? Whose fault is that? Is it the individual or the church leaders? Is it possible to blame leaders for a lack of knowledge? Isn’t a walk with God supposed to be a personal experience? The majority of Christians will say they love Jesus, but have no idea what He is doing today, how He is ministering in Heaven. Is this what Isaiah saw thousands of years ago? You have heard my predictions and seen them fulfilled, but you refuse to admit it. Now I will tell you new things, secrets you have not yet heard. They are brand new, not things from the past. So you cannot say, ‘We knew that all the time!’ “Yes, I will tell you of things that are entirely new, things you never heard of before. For I know so well what traitors you are. You have been rebels from birth. (Isaiah 48:6-8 NLTse)

‘Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven. There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands. And since every high priest is required to offer gifts and sacrifices, our High Priest must make an offering, too. But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. (Hebrews 8:1-3, 6 NLTse)

Is anyone listening to or for Jesus? Does anyone have any idea when He is leaving the Heavenly Sanctuary? The world heard Jesus enter the Sanctuary. Wouldn’t it make sense the world should also hear Him leave? Does the Bible tell us? These may be a few subjects to study.

Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. (Revelation 4:1-2 NLTse)

Is the open door and trumpet blast a signal telling us Jesus is about to leave the Heavenly Sanctuary? How many people know what Jesus is doing in the Heavenly Sanctuary and how it impacts this world?

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