The Biblical Basis of Soul Redemption®
What we want to look at is, I can’t get into the very specifics, but let me tell you that it was a large rectangle. There was a gate. There was only one way into the Tabernacle and that gate was the only way in. Once you went in, there was the place where the people brought their animals for sacrifice. In that sacrifice there was a brazen altar and the brazen altar was where the sacrifice was made. It was a mound lifted up. The application is that Jesus is the only way into the relationship with the Father and the altar of sacrifice was where he was sacrificed on Golgotha and lifted up so that he might be able to draw all men.
There was a sacrifice, but they sacrificed bulls and goats and they had to do it every year and they had to do it for the sins of the people. That’s called the outer court and then there’s the inner court. The inner court was called the Holy Place. So, the Holy Place had two specific articles of furniture or articles that were necessary. One was the candlestick on one side of the Holy Place and the other was the table of showbread.
One of the things that is so vitally important to recognize is the truth of the candlestick being the only place where light was in the Holy Place. So, the only light that the priests who entered in once a year could come into was from the candlestick. Jesus is the center part of the candlestick and then there’s six others on each side, three on each side. But that was the only light. Well, Jesus is the light. If we don’t have Jesus as our light, then we’re going to stumble in the darkness. The priests would have stumbled in the darkness, but there was the candlelight. It really was the light of Jesus shining on the showbread.
The showbread was 12 loaves of bread that were put on a table and the priest would eat the bread once every seven days and then replace it. That was the Sabbath. He would eat it on the Sabbath and replace it. Of course, who is the bread of life? That’s Jesus. So, you see how God told Moses to make the Tabernacle in representation of what Jesus was going to do for us?
The only way into the Holy of Holies was through the Holy Place. The Holy of Holies was a room in which the Ark of the Covenant was and God was there. God was there and the problem was there was a veil. There was a very thick veil that separated God from sinful man. Now, the priests could go in if the priest did all these things that God required him to do, the priest could go in once a year, make atonement for the people. That’s how Holy God could dwell among unholy people or sinful people.
One of the things you need to know, just real quick here, is that the veil when Jesus died on the cross, the veil was rent from the top to the bottom. It only could have been done by God because it was 60 feet high and it was very thick. So, God did that. Why did he do that? He wanted to let everybody know from then on out that everyone, no matter who they were, every human being could have a relationship with God because of what Jesus did at the cross. Of course, it has to be through Jesus, but now God was accessible.
What we’re going to look at is, okay, what does the model tell us about … That’s some of the spiritual application … What does the model tell us about the soul-ish application, in particular, Soul Redemption? Well, look at it this way. We have the candlelight and the showbread. They’re on opposite sides. What we can say is that the candlelight is the revealed knowledge or