My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, February 20, 2012
Anointing, Consecrating, Meeting
Now on the day that Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle,
he anointed it and consecrated it with all its furnishings and the altar
and all its utensils; he anointed them and consecrated them also.
(Numbers 7:1 NASB)
Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he
heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on
the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to
(Numbers 7:89 NASB)
Moses and the children of Israel followed all of God's instructions
and built the tabernacle. God's intention was that his presence would
be there in the midst of his people. I imagine a loving parent that
wants to live right in the middle of their children, sharing with them
day in and day out in their lives. The tabernacle was completed and it was
time to put on the finishing touches. First of all Moses anointed the
the tabernacle, along with all of the furnishings, the altar and all the
utensils. They were made holy by the anointing. God was going to come
and live there! God, whose very nature is pure holy love was going to
dwell in the tabernacle and therefore everything around him had to be
made holy as well. Moses followed the instructions that he had been
given because he wanted God's presence to be among the people.
After anointing the items, he consecrated them. They had been made
holy, but now they were being consecrated for the purpose which they
were to fulfill. That is, everything in the temple had a particular
purpose or function. Every item was consecrated and designated to
fulfill the purpose for which it was created. There was no doubt as to
the function, for it was all made clear.
Finally, after all of this was completed Moses went into the tent of
meeting to speak with God. There seems to be no surprise that God is
present and his voice is heard speaking to Moses directly. The specific
description of the placement of the voice of God places God directly in
the room with Moses. It is in this place that Moses and God share
intimate, life-changing, fellowship.
There is something in this pattern -- the anointing, the
consecration and the meeting that moves beyond the realm of material
goods in the house of the Lord. When Christ dies on the cross, the
curtain to the holy of holies is torn in two. The home of God moves
from a singular physical place to the very heart of mankind. Therefore
the process which we see occurring with the Israelites in regard to a
tabernacle becomes very real for each of us as followers of Christ. We
are invited into the type of intimate fellowship with God which Moses
experienced, and this is accomplished in a pattern mirroring that of the
First of all there is an anointing of ourselves by the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is allowed to fill every nook and cranny of our
being, then we are anointed and made a holy people. It is only by being a
holy people that we can exist in the presence of a holy God.
Therefore, it is God's desire that we be holy. The Israelites had to
bring the items to the tabernacle and anoint them for them to be made
holy. We must present ourselves wholeheartedly before God and allow the
cleansing power of his Holy Spirit to wash over us and make us pure and
Next there is an act on our part and that is one of consecration.
That is, giving up of ourselves and our personal desires and presenting
ourselves as instruments of service before God. That is, realizing that
our very existence is one of service to him and allowing God to craft
us into instruments for his purposes. Here is where our lives come to
completion, or perfection. We fulfill the purpose for which God has
created us. Each lampstand, dish and bowl had a separate purpose in the
tabernacle, but combined they created an incredible experience of
worship to God.
Finally, when we are anointed and consecrated we are invited into
intimacy with God such as we have never imagined. Yes, we can literally
describe the location of his voice for he is so very near to us, and we
are invited on a daily basis into the very holy of holies to share with
God. This is God's intent and purpose for each and every single one of
us -- an anointing, consecration and an on-going meeting. Yes, it is
possible, even today!
Lord, thank you for the possibilities of an intimate relationship with you because of all that Christ has done for us! Amen.