As the sin of the sinner was symbolically transferred to the lamb, the priest then took some of the blood to "sprinkle it before the Lord seven times in front of the curtain." Leviticus 4:17, 18. This symbolic transference represented the reality of sin being transferred from the sinner, through faith, to the Sin-Bearer, Jesus Christ. "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29.
Our sins are then transferred, through Jesus, into the temple in heaven. As we pray and confess our sins, Jesus stands as the representative of man. Just as the priest stood as representative of Israel. Our sins are removed from us and placed in the temple, as the blood was sprinkled in the temple.
When the priest entered the Holy Place, on his right, on the North side, was a table with bread on it. This bread was called the Bread of the Presence. Symbolically cleansed from sin, the priest, and sinner, now entered the presence of God. He had an obligation to study the words of God for truth to keep him from future sins. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11. "His Divine Power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him." 2 Peter 1:3. The table with the Bread of the Presence represented the knowledge of God. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life... I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever." John 6:48, 51.
By constantly eating of and obeying the Bread of Life, the Word of God - we maintain a sinless, spiritual relationship with Christ. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up and burned.” John 15:5-7.
The Word of God, the Ten Commandments, came down and walked among us in the flesh. This was done through Jesus so we could see how the Ten Commandments were to be lived. He who gave them and commanded them to be upon the heart, took humanity, human flesh, and lived them as an example for humanity to follow. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory.” John 1:14. “The words I have spoke to you are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63.
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On the other side, across from the table of the bread, on the South side, stood the seven candlesticks. These candlesticks gave light to the temple. As we study, learn and be obedient to the ways we are to walk and live, our lives become more like Jesus. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth." 1 Peter 2:21, 22.
Studying to be like Jesus develops the Divine nature within us. "So that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 2 Peter 1:4 Now your character begins to shine with the glory of God. The words of God obeyed in you, like the candlesticks, by the Holy Spirit, give light to our body temples. Then it will shine out to all around us. "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds (works) and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16.
"I am the light of the world." John 8:12. His light wraps around us and enfolds us, exploding in us and radiating to the entire world. Just as the sun is exploding its light to the heavens and the earth to warm them and give us life, we are to "shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life." Philippians 2:15, 16.
The sinner has now come back into atonement (at-one-ment) with God. He is now sinless in the eyes of God. Past sins have been atoned for: Justification. He now lives without sin at the present time: Sanctification. By keeping his eyes on Jesus and His Ten Commandments, talking "about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up," he lives the perfect life of Christ. Deuteronomy 6:7. This is what Sanctification is all about.
"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed... continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation." "For if you continue to do these things, you will never fall." Philippians 2:12, 13, 15; 2 Peter 1:10.
If we drew out the Christian walk, it might look something like this:
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit." Galatians 5:24, 25.
Jesus called this new life a new birth. "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John 3:3. Paul says it this way, "Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. … Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature.. and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator." Colossians 3:2, 5, 10.
The last article of furniture in the temple’s Holy Place, in front of the Most Holy Place, was the altar of incense. The priest would fill the censor and burn it to God. While it burned, he would offer up prayers to God on behalf of the Israelites. The priest symbolized Jesus Christ who stands in the presence of the Ancient of Days and offers up prayers on our behalf.
As a human, on earth, He offered up prayers for us. He leaves us an example to follow. We need to learn to pray for each other. Pray often, pray fervently, pray specifically. Jesus’ life was a life of prayer. Miracles happen when we pray and live obediently.
At this point we need to bring back the point of what the writer of Hebrews says about the temple services and sacrifices. "This is an illustration for the present times, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings – external regulations applying until the time of the new order." Hebrews 9.9, 10. That “new order” was the “New Testament”.
Jesus Christ has been our High Priest since Adam and Eve sinned. It has been Jesus who has forgiven our sins ever since the first prayer of confession and repentance was offered. “I have forgiven them.” “The Lord has taken away your sin.” “You shall acknowledge no God but Me, no Savior except Me.” Numbers 14:20; 2 Samuel 12:13; Hosea 13:4. In both the Old and New Testaments, Jesus Christ has been our only High Priest, our only Savior, our only Forgiver of sins. Look to Jesus and Jesus only.
OTHER INTERESTING NOTES
The book of Exodus is about the giving of the Ten Commandments and the building of the tabernacle to house it.
The book of Leviticus is related to the "Outer Court" and the "Holy Place". It is concerned with the worship, ordinances, regulations, sacrifices and implementing them into a civil code.
The book of Deuteronomy is almost exclusively on obedience to the Ten Commandments.
Hebrews 9.9, 10
"This is an illustration for the present times, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings – external regulations applying until the time of the new order."
Galatians 5:24, 25
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit."
"I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
Colossians 3:2, 5, 10
"Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. …Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature.. and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator."
1 Peter 2:21, 22
"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth."
"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."