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                                                                    Daily Devotional
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____________________________________________________________   A Study of the Tabernacle
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____________________________________________________________      Week 9: March 19 - 25
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                                                                       Endnotes
The following series of daily readings and questions has been          1. Dennis Ignatius, Fire Begets Fire (Vancouver: Vision Publications Ltd.,
                                                                           2006) 4-5.
designed by Pastor Tom Cullen to lead up to the sermon for the
coming week. There are six daily studies for each week. Allow          2. Charles Price, Alive in Christ (Grand Rapids Michigan: Kregel
about 20 minutes a day to complete each daily devotional.                  Publications, 1995), 104.


Videos of the weekly sermons can be viewed online at
www.markhambaptist.org/sermons.html.

                                                                                             Additional Notes
Each week’s daily devotional guide is also available online at
www.markhambaptist.org/tabernacle.
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PLEASE NOTE:                                                           ____________________________________________________________
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This is the last official study in our sermon series entitled,
“Intimacy with God”. However, after Easter some of our CORE            ____________________________________________________________
groups will be continuing the weekly study of the tabernacle which     ____________________________________________________________
will include daily devotional booklets published weekly.
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 If you would like to receive a printed copy of the daily devotional   _________________________________________________________
booklets (four in all, covering: the priesthood; the feasts and the    _________________________________________________________
offerings) please let Susan Murphy know (905-294-5830;
admin@markhambaptist.org) or fill in the tear-off in the bulletin.     _________________________________________________________
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Devotionals will be printed on request and put in your mail slot
weekly.                                                                _________________________________________________________
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Week 9 - Preparation for Part 10: Drawing Near to God                                                    Intimacy with God: A Study of the Tabernacle
4. The Golden Lampstand is a place of light. Are you
   depending on the oil of the lampstand, the Holy Spirit, to
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   enable you to live the Christian life?                            Intimacy with God –A Study of the Tabernacle
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                                                                                Part 10: Drawing Near to God
                                                                 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the
5. The Table of Showbread is for feasting. Are you feasting on
                                                                 Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened
   Jesus Christ, the bread of life?
                                                                 for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great
__________________________________________________________       priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart
__________________________________________________________       in full assurance of faith …” (Hebrews 10:19-22a)
                                                                 After 10 weeks of study do you have “confidence to enter the Most
6. The Altar of Incense is a place of prayer. Are you talking    Holy Place” and “draw near to God?” I pray you do. Think of all
   with God regularly? Do you consciously take Him with you      we’ve discovered together! We can draw near to God because of
   wherever you go?                                              Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No
__________________________________________________________       one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) We do not
                                                                 have boldness to enter because it’s our right – rather, we have
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                                                                 boldness because of what Christ has done. We come with bold
                                                                 humility.
7. The Ark of the Covenant is a place of fellowship. Are you
   living all your days in fellowship with God?                  We can confidently step into the tabernacle of God’s presence
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                                                                 sin and we are cleansed. We can enter the Holy Place and eat the
__________________________________________________________       bread of the presence to sustain us. The oil of His Holy Spirit
                                                                 indwells us and we can stand before God and speak with Him.
Pray: Read Psalm 42:1-4 and make it your prayer.
                                                                 We can draw near to God in the Most Holy Place because we
                                                                 know God wants to meet with us and has made it possible
                                                                 through Christ, who has made atonement for us.
                                                                 But one last thing. Even though you may have learned all these
                                                                 wonderful truths, the Most Holy Place may still be curtained off
                                                                 for you. The presence of God seems distant, the power of God is
                                                                 only witnessed in others but never in you, and the purpose of God
                                                                 for you is illusive. And you are left asking, “Why?”




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One possible answer is that we haven’t given God what He wants          5. What kind of changes do you think need to be made in your
above all - your heart (read: devotion, obedience, love). We’ve            life so that you can give yourself wholeheartedly to God?
learned the process, but have failed to give Him our all. If there is
one thing God demands for intimacy with Himself it is not that          _________________________________________________________
we try a little harder but that we give Him what is rightfully his,     _________________________________________________________
our hearts.
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                                                                        Pray: Pray back to God the truths that He has spoken to you today.



                                                                        Saturday March 24
                                                                                                                 Enter into the house of God.

                                                                        As we conclude our study of the tabernacl,e think of each piece of
                                                                        furniture and what it tells us about intimacy with God. Read
                                                                        through this list once. Then read it again prayerfully allowing
                                                                        God to speak to you as you think of each of the questions.
                                                                        Remember - God will both affirm and convict.

                                                                        1. The Gate. There is only one way into the presence of God.
                                                                           Have you entered by way of faith in Jesus Christ?
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                                                                        2. The Bronze Altar. This is a place of reconciliation. As you
                                                                           desire to draw close to God do you see any rebellion that
                                                                           needs to be addressed and confessed?
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                                                                        3. The Bronze Basin. This is a place of cleansing. As you think
                                                                           of living a life of holiness, is God calling you to any areas of
                                                                           separation?
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Friday March 23                                                                 Monday March 19
                                                        For richer or poorer.                                                  The greatest command.
Read: Matthew 19:16-24
                                                                                Read: Mark 12:28-34
1. What did the rich man want? (Notice the man’s emphasis on
                                                                                1. What does Jesus say is the greatest commandment?
   doing. He asks, “What must I do?” We have discovered in our
   study that God desires something far more than our doing.)                   _________________________________________________________
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                                                                                2. How would you describe loving God? A feeling? An action?
                                                                                   Joyful? Dull? Dutiful? Commanded? Given freely? What
2. What was Jesus’ reply?
                                                                                   does it look like for you?
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3. What did the rich man lack? (Note: Being rich is not a sin. It is            _________________________________________________________
   possible for poor people to love riches more rich people. The economic
   status of the man is not the issue in this text.)                            3. In verse 33 we learn that to love God is better than all burnt
__________________________________________________________                         offerings and sacrifices. This is not to say that the burnt
                                                                                   offerings and sacrifices that we learned about these past weeks
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                                                                                   the sacrifices and not love God, which is the most important.
4. As you think about living wholeheartedly for God, look at the                   Are there “burnt offerings and sacrifices” in your worship of
   various areas below and identify those that keep you from                       God that are being offered without love for God?
   giving your whole self to God:
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    ___ time management               ___ temptations                           _________________________________________________________
    ___ stress at work                ___ lack of understanding
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    ___ too busy                      ___ lack of fellowship with other
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    ___ selfishness                   ___ lack of support from family           _________________________________________________________
    ___ material desires              ___ other:
    ___ no desire                              _________________________        Pray: Pray a prayer in response to what God has said to you today.




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Tuesday March 20
                                              God’s invitation to the heart.   6. Read Malachi 3:6-12. What challenges does God give to the
                                                                                  people? (verses 7, 10-12)
Read: Song of Songs 2:8-13                                                     _________________________________________________________

The Song of Songs is a beautiful love poem depicting God’s love                _________________________________________________________
relationship with His people. In this text the beloved (that is you
and me) catches a glimpse of the lover (that is God).                          7. In Leviticus 27:30 we read that the people are to give to God a
                                                                                  tithe of everything they harvest. It is a command. The tithe
1. What emotions do you think the writer is experiencing as                       belongs to the Lord. A tithe, then, is not an offering - it is what
   he/she sees the lover arriving, gazing, speaking?                              belongs to God. To hold it back is to be guilty of robbing God.
                                                                                  The challenge is straightforward. It is to simply give to God
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__________________________________________________________                        What is the promise? (verses 10-12)
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2. What does the lover say to his beloved? (verse 10)
__________________________________________________________                     8. Reflect: “God offers a challenge to you. Do you need to take Him
                                                                                  up on it? Perhaps you need to come to another altar where you may
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                                                                                  ‘offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – for
__________________________________________________________                        this is your spiritual worship.’ (Romans 12:1) Give God what
                                                                                  belongs to Him – yourself. You have been purchased by His blood.
3. What is it like for the beloved to hear the lover’s invitation to              You are not doing Him a favour, you are just giving what is His. As
   “arise … and come with me?” (verse 11-13)                                      you do, He will open the floodgate of heaven upon you, and you will
                                                                                  always have enough of what you need. This is His challenge and His
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                                                                                  invitation.”2
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4. Do you take the same joy in God as the writer of this song?                 _________________________________________________________
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Thursday March 22
                                                        Blemished sacrifices.   5. Read Genesis 15:1. What does God say is Abraham’s reward?
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Throughout the Bible we read of times when the people brought
sacrifices and offerings and yet God was not pleased. Their                     _________________________________________________________
worship did not “reach” God. They did not draw near to God and
they left the tabernacle or temple exactly as they had come. One                6. Read Acts 3:19. Where do times of refreshing come from?
example of this is in the book of Malachi.                                      _________________________________________________________

Read: Malachi 1                                                                 _________________________________________________________

1. What does God call the fires that are lit on his altar? (verse 10)           7. Reflect: We sometimes forget that God himself is our reward.
                                                                                   “In the busyness of our lives, we tend to focus on getting from God
__________________________________________________________                         what we need to get by – material blessing, health and healing,
                                                                                   protection, peace and all those other things. There’s nothing wrong
2. What was wrong with the sacrifices the people offered to                        with that. We do need those things … But we forget that the
   God? (verse 8) (see Leviticus 1:3)                                              greatest treasure we can ever have, and enjoy, is simply being with
__________________________________________________________                         the Father, being in His presence. …. It has always been about Him.
                                                                                   Loving Him. Worshipping Him. Praising Him. Pleasing Him.
__________________________________________________________                         Drawing near to Him. And God is always looking for hungry
                                                                                   hearts, the ones that are desperate enough to go in search of Him. He
3. How is God slighted by these sacrifices? (verse 14)                             is always knocking at the doors of our heart to pursue Him.”1
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4. Was the problem with the sacrifices or with the people’s                     Pray: Write out your prayer to God.
   attitude? (verses 12, 14)
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5. Are you relying on something other than God as the source of                 _________________________________________________________
   your spiritual well-being?
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Wednesday March 21                                                         6. The three passages of Scripture today are all examples of how
                                                        The fear of God.      the people of God refused God’s invitation to be intimate with
                                                                              Him. How do people reject God today? Are you guilty of
Read: Exodus 20:18-21
                                                                              offering excuses to avoid intimacy with God?
1. God has drawn near to the people and given the Ten                          _________________________________________________________
   Commandments (verses 1-17). How did the people respond to
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   the presence of God? What did they refuse to do? What did
   they fear would happen?                                                     _________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________                 7. Read the following verses and match them with the correct
__________________________________________________________                    teaching to discover what God desires from us:

2. How does Moses reassure them?                                           ____     Matthew 22:36-37      a. Pour out your heart to God.
__________________________________________________________                 ____      Psalm 62:8           b. Love God with all your heart.
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                                                                           ____     Psalm 62:10           c. Seek to have an undivided heart.
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                                                                           ____      Psalm 86:11          d. Don’t set your heart on riches.
3. Did the people draw near to God after Moses reassured them?
__________________________________________________________                 ____     2 Chronicles 16:9 *   e. The Lord strengthens the heart of
                                                                                                             those committed to Him.
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4. Read 1 Samuel 8:1-9; 19-22. The people want a king to rule              Pray: Write out a prayer to God in response to what you have learned
   over them. In asking for a king what are they saying to God?            today.
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5. Read John 19:15. Who do the people reject as their king?                    _________________________________________________________

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