Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His Name. – Psalm 100:4
There are three parts to the tabernacle: The outer court, the inner court, and the holy of Holies. There are three parts to us: Body, mind, and spirit. Last week, we walked through the outer court. It cleansed our bodies. Today, we are going to cleanse our minds by setting our minds on Him and His Word as we continue to walk through the tabernacle.
Table of Showbread
In your mind, the first thing you see when you enter into the inner court is the table of showbread. It was not a bread to be physically eaten. Therewass so much attention to detail that had to be given to this showbread. For the purpose of prayer, just know that the bread represents Jesus. “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35). Jesus is also called “The Word.” (John 1). At this point, as you pray, you want to remember and recall any promise from God’s Word that you need. If you don’t know what you need, read the Word for a while. Ask God to show you a Word for your situation. For example, I’ve been carrying guilt around for a while after losing my church position. Did I do something wrong? Maybe I could have done this better or paid more attention to this or that. So, this morning, I looked at what the Word said. It says, “There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1). It says, “If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things pass away, all things become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). So, you know what? I’m going to “eat” this bread. “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God!” (Matthew 4:4). Whose report am I going to believe? I’m going to believe the report of the Lord!
See how it works? I’m getting all happy just typing!
The lampstand is basically seven lit candles. Officially, it is called the Menorah. Here is where I begin to ask for the fire of God to enter me. I don’t want to get stagnant and go through the motions. I might sing here, “Lord, set a fire down in my soul, that I can’t contain, that I can’t control, I want more of You, I want more of You, God!” I ask God to give me a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit. I have a purified body, I have a clean mind, there is absolutely no reason for Him to deny me this request. I may pray in tongues for a bit while just feeling the Holy Spirit flow through me. I ask Him to surround me, take over me, and let Him know that I only want to be His. “I only want to know You God. I want no other lovers in my life, Lord. You and You alone are the one who is worthy of blessing and honor and glory and power. Use me.”
I hope you are feeling just a taste of true prayer and what it feels like.
Altar of Incense
I will admit that I don’t know as much about this as I should. I may or may not specifically study it in the near future. All I can tell you about it is what I think about when I get here in my mind when I’m praying through the tabernacle. I imagine that every step that I have taken up until this point has simply been creating the fire and the purity that I need to go and meet with God. The censer had coals from the brazen altar. The very fire that burned the sacrifice for your sin and made a way for you to be clean is now in a golden censer in the form of a little coal. I always imagine a stream of smoke rising up from it all the way up to the ceiling. In my mind, that smoke continues up forever and ever. That stream of smoke gets God’s attention. He smells that smoke. It is such a sweet aroma to Him. He has to come down and see who is on the other side of it. He thinks to Himself, “Who has gone through the process to truly meet with Me?” I ask, “Lord, may I come in to the holy of Holies and meet with You?”
“Yes! Yes, you may!”