Charmaine Rayment is a voluntary missionary at Jews for Jesus. She has a real passion for worship ministry. Rayment has agreed to become a contributor to a podcast series called “A Life of Worship”. This is the final part on the series exploring The Tabernacle of the Lord. In this episode we go into the Holy of Holies. Below, you will find some notes from the episode as well as the podcast itself. Enjoy listening.
Notes from this episode
Having moved through a time of praise (Outer Court) and Spirit filled worship and intercession (Holy Place), we now move into a time of intimate worship and fellowship (Holy of Holies).
THE HOLY OF HOLIES
THE ARK OF THE COVENANT / THE MERCY SEAT
The Holy of Holies is the meeting place where God and man meet. This is the place of intimate worship and fellowship. This also reminds us of what the Feast of Tabernacles is all about. God created man to enjoy fellowship with him but due to sin, that fellowship was broken. It is only through the death and resurrection of Yeshua that our fellowship has been restored and it will be at his second coming that we will then experience the fullness of this feast.
I John 1:3 Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Yeshua the Messiah. The level of intimacy will depend on your relationship with God. The more intimate the relationship, the more intimate the worship.
It is through our times of communion with God that a friendship develops. It was said of Moses that he and God spoke as friends at the tent of meeting. Exodus 33:11 So ADONAI spoke with Moses face to face (pānîm ‘el- pānîm), as a man speaks with his friend.
We can’t worship someone we don’t know. Friendships take time and effort to develop. Our relationship with ADONAI can only be developed through much time in his word and in prayer. Prayer is not just a monologue but rather a dialogue and we are able to talk to him at any time. Have you ever just thanked him for the beauty of his creation when you see a beautiful flower? Have you shared your feelings and emotions with him? Have you shared your joy and excitement with him? These are all ways in which one develops a relationship.
Yes, he is our friend however he is still God and is therefore holy. We need to treat him with reverence and awe and not bring him down to gutter level. How do the following two scriptures apply in your life?
There is a right and a wrong way to approach God and the Bible gives us clear details in that regard.
THE ARK BROUGHT TO JERUSALEM (The ark represents the presence of God)
DOING IT MAN’S WAY
2 Samuel 6
6 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. 3 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart, 4 with the ark of God, and Ahio went before the ark.
Uzzah and the Ark
5 And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. 6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.
DOING IT GOD’S WAY
1 Chronicles 15:16-24, 27, 28
16 David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. 17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18 and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 19 The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals; 20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to Alamoth; 21 but Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres according to the Sheminith. 22 Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it.23 Berechiah and Elkanah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, should blow the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.
27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. 28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres.
God had given strict instructions that the Ark of the Covenant (which represented the presence of God) was to be carried by the Levites. Numbers 4:15; Deuteronomy 31:9; Joshua 3:3,6.
This now brings us to the end of the series on the Tabernacle. I sincerely trust that this has encouraged you to develop an intimate relationship with God.
Please join me again as we look at a new series entitled “Abraham’s Act of Worship”.