Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Why was it important for blood to be shed? Why is He referred to by John the Baptist as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29, 36)? Whether or not we have given these questions much consideration, it is important to note that the death of Jesus on the cross was not just an event that ‘happened’ to take place during the age of the Roman empire, using Roman methods of execution.
As we go deeper into the book of Exodus and now get introduced into the priesthood and God’s holy dwelling in the wilderness, we will discover that these details are not meant to be overlooked as irrelevant to our faith today. Greater study into these details could in fact shift, or deepen our understanding of the work on the cross, as well as the New Covenant.
Chapters 25 to 31 describe the instructions for the construction of the tabernacle. All aspects of the dwelling and its furnishings were defined with specific detail regarding dimensions, shape, and colour.
The instructions and requirements for the priesthood and tabernacle can be difficult to comprehend because we are so far removed from the ancient Israelite context. May you be challenged not to brush these away because the heart and desire of God remain the same. God’s storyline begins and ends with the same desire – to be with us, and to appoint us as priests who would minister to Him.
Regardless of your occupation or life stage, you have been saved into a royal priesthood. What would the roles of a priest look like today, and what would this calling look like in your daily context? Discuss this with your Lifegroup and consider some immediate actions you could apply for yourself.
The Lord’s Prayer says, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). What do you have on your heart to see take place on earth, as it is in heaven? As a priest, come before the Lord in prayer and ask Him for His will to be done in this area.