May 15- Trip to the Holy Land – Wilderness Tabernacle at Timna

DAY 3 – WILDERNESS TABERNACLE AT TIMNA

Theme: Sacrifice

Read Hebrews 9:24-28

Perhaps no book in the Bible causes more confusion than Leviticus.  Christians who have  attempted to read through the Bible often get bogged down in the details of the sacrificial system described in this book.  What’s the difference between the guilt offering and the sin offering? What’s the purpose of the Day of Atonement? Why were so many different sacrifices offered? Why were sacrifices even necessary?  What does all this symbolize?  A visit to the Wilderness Tabernacle at Timna helps answer these questions.

The Wilderness Tabernacle is located at the southern tip of the Negev, a few kilometers north of Eilat, and supplies a scale model of The Tabernacle detailed by God for His people in the Book of Exodus.  This model contains replicas of the furniture used for the sacrificial system: the brazen altar, the copper washbasin, the golden menorah, the table of showbread, the priestly garments, and even the Ark of the Covenant.  All are reminders that our perfect and holy God requires satisfaction because we have offended Him through our sin.

The writer of Hebrews describes how Jesus fully satisfied all that God requires in order for us to experience forgiveness for our sin. “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-28 NLT).

Think of that!  You don’t need to pay for your own sin.  Nothing else needs to be done.  The sacrifice of Jesus is perfect and complete.  Your forgiveness is assured when you trust what He has accomplished for you on Calvary.  You can enjoy a relationship with God for eternity because of what Jesus accomplished through His death.  Charles Wesley wrote:  “Amazing love, how can it be?  That Thou, My God, should die for me?”

Prayer of reflection:  Lord, thank you for the forgiveness that Jesus offers me because of His death on the cross.  Help me to demonstrate that same forgiveness to people I encounter today.

Bob Fetterhoff

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