The Tabernacle Blessing
It is written,
“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”
Joshua, son of Nun, used to linger in the presence of God at the Tabernacle in the wilderness.
There is a Tabernacle Blessing
The presence of God is the Tabernacle blessing. In Joshua’s day you could be in His presence but His presence could not yet be in you. For most, the infilling of the Holy Spirit was yet thousands of years in the future.
I want to speak to you today about the Tabernacle blessing. This blessing is “love of the Spirit” or what I term, “Divine Love.” What I have realized is that people experience this type of love at different times and in various ways yet the do not understand what it really is. Most, because they have no theological framework in which to understand it, either do not recognize it what it is, or dismiss it because they don’t understand it, or in some cases, call it of the devil because this experience is beyond their current theology.
Divine love, which is simply the nature of God expressed through the Body of Christ, is a natural ability that all human beings possess. We were created with the capacity to fully mesh with God and to allow His nature to transparently move through us to our brothers and sisters. Divine love is, in fact, the “first love” of the garden of Eden.
Everyone responds to Divine love because that is how we are made. It is like finally coming home after being away for longer than we can imagine. It is where we can find a peace the passes all understanding and where our shattered psyches are be made whole again.
The Tabernacle Blessing is everywhere
The experience of the Tabernacle Blessing, “Divine love,” is everywhere in little fragments if you know what to look for. It is a strong spiritual bond that sometimes happens instantaneously with someone when you meet another believer. It varies in intensity from simple brotherly love to a connection so intense that you cannot tell where you begin and the other person ends. In fact, with extremely strong connections you spiritually know and feel what the brother or sister feels no mater how far apart you are. It is a intersection of your spirits orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in order to bring unity to His body. An example of this is,
“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
1 Samuel 18:1
Divine love engenders total trust. When you feel the love of God flowing from another brother or sister all your defense mechanisms simply melt and you are an open book. You feel total acceptance of them and they feel total acceptance of you. It is as if you are one person and you treat them we the same care that you treat yourself.
What I am doing here is articulating a move of the Holy Spirit that, in general, has not yet began. I am providing the beginnings of a theology that is designed to allow God’s people to recognize and embrace the “Tabernacle Blessing.” Most peoples present theology is incapable of holding this new wine. Old wine skins burst because they are inelastic and cannot expand when the the wine begins to ferment. Our present theology is very ridged because people believe that they have the things of God figured out. When new revelation comes that challenges their doctrinal viewpoints instead of expanding their understanding of God’s word to encompass His truth they simply reject it. The theology of Tabernacles is meant to anticipate and accept that God is going to give us, as it were, new wine. As this new wine expands our understanding of His word will also expand.
The Theology of the Tabernacle Blessing
This theology is also designed to become “obsolete.” Tabernacles theology is a “starting place” or a “scaffolding” which should be discarded as the Spirit of Truth leads us on to the perfection of the saints. The fact is, the amount of truth in God that we will come to know through His Spirit is much more than our natural minds can ever hold. What we have now is actually a tiny fraction of what God, through His Holy Spirit, will teach us. Therefore, anything we believe right now has to be viewed as only a very rough approximation of the truth and not a static, culmination of the truth.
Absolute trust in God
Eventually, we will move beyond having to have a wine skin at all. We will simply move as His Spirit leads us without question, without even needing our natural minds to understand anything at all. We will come to trust whatever of God says. This is the type of absolute faith that allowed Jesus to walk on the water. When God told him to go to his disciples and he just started walking. When he came to the shore of the lake and there was not boat he kept walking. The Spirit of God was leading him and he had complete and utter confidence that if His father said go that direction, even if it meant walking on the water, that was exactly what God wanted him to do.
Imagine living in a place of such absolute trust in God that you did not have to check the scriptures for a “witness” for everything He said to do. Imagine knowing God so intimately that His word was written on the fleshly tables of your heart. Imagine living by every word that proceeded out of His mouth minute my minute every day of your life. This will be the way Tabernacle Christians will live and it will be why the become like the church of Philadelphia.
We must not seek to encompass God because that is impossible and no theology can do that We must only seek to yield to our potters hands as He molds and shapes all of us. What we will become is not yet apparent but we do know that in the hands of our master the finished product will be amazing.
How can I apply this teaching to my life?
Set aside a entire day for your Lord. In the morning, after you have had breakfast, pray and ask God what He wants you to do. Whatever God says to your heart or your mind, during prayer, do what He says immediately. Unless what He says has dire consequences, simply do it. No matter how strange it may seem do your best to obey His voice.
After you have completely the task or tasks that God gives you to do that day, analyse what worked and what didn’t work. Don’t be overly critical of yourself…you are just experimenting so that you can learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit. Keep a diary if you wish. As you do this more and more you will become accustomed to knowing your Fathers voice and it will build your confidence with Him.