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Archive for December, 2007

Tabernacled Among Us

The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed“, wrote St. Augustine.
The more modern version reads, “The New is in the Old contained; the Old is in the New explained.” Therefore, we dare not neglect the Old for the New, for in explaining the Old the New reveals previously concealed truth that could not be understood without the foundation of the Old. The tabernacle of the Pentateuch for example portrays much about who Christ is, what He came to do, and how that extends to us. Christ is all and in all in the tabernacle. His glory (over the mercy seat) was veiled (covering the Holy of Holies) by human flesh when He was born in Bethlehem. He came, the sweet aroma of God (the altar of incense), “My Beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17), the bread of Life (table of show bread), the light of the world ((the lampstand)(Hebrews 9:11-15, 22-28). He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness ((the laver)(Exodus 30:19-21, Matthew 3:13-16). He was the offering on the altar, the high priest who blessed the waiting people and sprinkled the blood (His own) on the mercy seat. If all this and more were not enough, He is the Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7), the first fruits from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:23), and the scapegoat who went outside the gate whom we will meet on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:10, Hebrews 13:13). If all of that made vague sense or none at all it points out the depth of understanding that can be missed by not studying the Old Testament. For further study consider the poem and Scripture references by clicking on Christ in the Tent of Meeting

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Advent Colors

As is our tradition, our family began the advent wreath last Sunday evening. But we celebrate the wreath differently than the traditions of many generations and churches. We use the colors of the candles to remind us of who Christ is and why He came. Note the colors in the picture and then take note of the S‘s in the following poem by clicking on Advent Colors

Advent Wreath

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