Many Christians are at least familiar with the armor of God, but have you ever looked at it with the help of the Old Testament Tabernacle. As with everything else, when you do this you will never be able to view it the same way again.
The scripture for the armor of God is found in Ephesians 6:
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Okay letís start going through the tabernacle
The outer court:
The first item here is the Brazen Altar where the sacrifices were made. This represents the Shield of Faith because it is our faith in the sacrifice Jesus made for us that is our first line of defense against the fiery darts of Satan.
Next is the Brazen Laver where the Priests washed themselves. This represents the Breastplate of Righteousness. As we both put on the righteousness of Christ and work on improving our righteousness to become Holy even as he is Holy.
The inner court:
Entering the inner court we first reach the Table of Shew bread. This represents the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Like the Table of Shew Bread the word of God is for us to feast on as we do Godís work.
Straight across from the Table of Shew Bread is the Menorah. The Menorah represents the loins being girt about with truth. In the word of God light speaks of truth.The Menorah was to shine light in the inner court for the Priest to perform the works God had commanded them to do. In our lives it is knowing the ďtruthĒ that shines Godís light on our life and helps us do the work God has for us.
The last piece of furniture in the Inner Court is the Altar of Incense. This represents the prayer and supplications made in the Spirit. As with our prayers, the incense burnt here went up before God as a sweet smelling aroma.
The Holy of Holies:
In the Holy of Holies we find the Ark of the Covenant. For the last three pieces of the puzzle (The Preparation of the Gospel of Peace, The Helmet of Salvation, Watching with all Perseverance) we must look in the Ark of the Covenant. Here we find Aaronís rod that budded, a piece of manna, and the Ten Commandments.
Aaronís rod that Budded is the helmet of salvation because it shows that God is with us and we are to be set apart.
The piece of manna is the watching with all perseverance because the manna was new everyday so the people were constantly watching for it. As Christians we are to constantly watch for the real manna from Heaven, Jesus Christ.
The Ten Commandments are the Preparation of the Gospel because Paul says in Galatians chapter 3 that the law is our school master that has prepared the way for salvation.
If we incorporate all these things in our life we will reach the last item in the Holy of Holies; The Mercy Seat. This seat represents the rest every Christian can find in God that is talked about in Hebrews 4. Although we read these scriptures many times, if you are like me they have never come alive to you. Using the tabernacle to get a better understand of the relationships in the armor of God make them mean much more. Once we see this, our understanding increases and we can then put it to work in our lives.
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