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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tabernacle

Court Gate

Rich linen

royal colors

regal court gate.

Embroidered with needlework

tapestry entrance.

Ready to open

as Prince

requests—believe.

John 14:1, “Believe in God, believe also in me. … No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tabernacle

Garments

Consecrated vestments

made by gifted hands

ordained for holy service.

Priests fully covered

protected from naked

guilt, death,

during mediation

of repeated confessions.

Chosen vulnerability

stripped of glory

wore humanity’s shame.

Carried our nakedness

in His holiness

guilt, death,

cancelled on cross

High Priest’s clothing.

Hebrews 9: 24, “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.”

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tabernacle

Door of Tabernacle

Entrance to God’s presence

door barred

only open to High Priest

on occasion.

Except by Christ’s framework

door opened

always to everyone

access way, truth, life.

John 10:9. “I am the gate.”

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tabernacle

Commandments


First chiseled in stone

witness covenant

God’s word gifts.

Fulfilled in Christ

righteousness available

blessed sight.

Finally carried in hearts

beating with forgiveness

love’s obedience.

John 14:14, “They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me.”

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tabernacle

Cloud of Glory

No darkness so thick

that God’s light cannot

penetrate to give His

counsel, show a clear

path through wilderness

confusion. Speaks

His presence,

prepares a path

for all.

Day and night

covered.

Exodus 13: 22, “He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tabernacle

Cakes

Left behind in

Egypt self

provision.

Left without preparation.

Left with unleavened lives.

Left listening,

empty, to

accept grace.

Exodus 12:39, “…nor had they prepared any nourishment for themselves.”

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tabernacle

Lampstand

Pure hammered gold

lampstand of

one piece shining

in the tabernacle.

Perfectly formed

petals, calyxes,

open to receive

spring’s word

working resurrection.

Power, majesty

beginning, middle, end

“I am the Light”

spoken.

John 1:5, “And the light shines in the darkness,…”

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tabernacle

Brass

Sting of the serpent

brought death to Israel

in the desert.

Stain of sin

flows steadily

through the ages

through the cities

through hearts

corrupted, crusted.

Scorched Lamb

burnished judgment

brings deliverance.

Rev 1:15 “…his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace.”

Monday, January 3, 2011

Tabernacle

Book of Law

Words sealed on a

scroll in the Lord’s house

as a witness to all

generations.

Spoken as a reminder

every seven years;

citizen, alien, adult, child

none exempt.

Knowledge of rebellion

judgment’s call

written in each memory.

Word worthy to break

seal, release bondage.

Worship resonates

new commandment

echoes beginnings

relationship restored.

“They sing a new song.”

Jeremiah 32: 6-12, “Word of the Lord came to me….Then I knew it was the word of the Lord.”

 
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