For the last few days my posts have been very eclectic, love songs and such, and, for me at least, they have been a lot of fun. But the Lord is cracking the whip, as it were, and reminding me to stay focused on that which is transcendent and truly important. With that in mind I am returning to the theme of the Tabernacle Journey. This is the third installment under that heading so if you are wondering what on earth I am talking about, check out my two other posts under the category of Tabernacle Journey.For the next few weeks, and perhaps more, this blog will return to this theme. This is the most important and potentially fruitful area of my life and I am strongly compelled by the Holy Spirit to stay with it. I realize that it’s name, Tabernacle Journey, sounds rather esoteric and even perhaps heretic, but I assure you that it is really rather simple and in full accord with orthodox theology. Hang in there with me friend and I assure you that will be blessed by the Tabernacle Journey. The Tabernacle journey is not a replacement for our normal spiritual disciplines, i.e. confession, repentance, prayer, bible reading, worship, but rather it is a Biblical way of organizing them sequentially according to the pattern of the Tabernacle.
The Tabernacle Journey is extremely important for the following reasons;
The Tabernacle Journey brings clarity and focus to spiritual discipline and growth. Rather than the pilgrim desiring, in some vague way, to become like Jesus, the Tabernacle provides a precise definition of what that looks like, and more importantly, the proper sequence for the attaining of that objective. Proper sequence is everything. By proper I mean functional. A proper sequence really works and in fact it is guaranteed to work. A proper sequence keeps spiritual growth always within reach of a pilgrims present ability, no matter how spiritually immature or mature they may be. It is always do-able.
The Tabernacle Journey provides a reasonably simple way of thinking thru the spiritual journey. To think about anything we need classifications and categories in which to file the words which clearly represent the ideas which we are thinking about and experiencing. The more thorough and accurate the categories and the more precisely defined the words, the more easily and effectively we can know, experience and communicate spiritual ideas. I often find myself in discussions in which mature Christians are struggling with a spiritual question. Whereas they can’t find a way to clearly express that, which they have experienced, and know, intuitively, I, in contrast, usually have a very clear and a very defendable way of communicating that which they find difficult if not impossible. This is because of the metaphors I have learned in the Tabernacle. it is only because I have the categories and words that the Tabernacle has taught me that I can understand and explain the mystery’s of God. And understanding these mysteries makes it much more easy for me to enter into them.
The Tabernacle Journey can potentially make that which is a very solitary and sometimes arduous journey into a very joyful, and communal journey. And why shouldn’t spiritual discipline be communal. Why should spiritual devotion be a solitary, monkish, pursuit only. I have learned a great deal from my solitary journeys through the Tabernacle but I am absolutely sure that as I begin to guide others through the Tabernacle that I will be twice blessed. As the apostle John would say, it would make my joy complete. to see others enter into the joy I have experienced in the tabernacle.
The Tabernacle Journey makes sense of spiritual failure. It answers the question why, and it provides solutions. The Tabernacle Journey powerfully reveals the problems that arise from not finishing the tasks of each station before we proceed to the next. The solution to these problems is simple. Go back and finish those tasks. Don’t consider yourself inferior or incapable or give up on the spiritual journey thinking it is only for a qualified few. None of us are incapable of doing the tasks of the tabernacle, if we do them in the correct sequence. And none of us are capable of doing these same tasks if we try do them out of sequence, which, sadly, is what many of us have tried to do.
The Tabernacle Journey always points ahead to the next station, the next group of tasks, we need to finish, in order to keep making spiritual progress. We never have to wonder, what’s next? The Tabernacle clearly lays out for us the sequence of spiritual development. Furthermore it reveals to us the purpose of those tasks. They never are about where we have come from in the journey. They always point ahead. For instance the tasks of the bronze laver, which are primarily about sanctification are not about salvation, which is the work of the cross, which at this point is behind us. Instead the tasks of the bronze laver, resulting in sanctification, are to ready us to enter into the works of the holy place, and these works in the holy place, have little or nothing to do with sanctification. The works of the holy place are all meant to prepare us for the work of the holy of holies.
The Tabernacle Journey is important because it continually reminds us pilgrims that we are going somewhere specific. In theological language this is called the Teleos, which in Greek means, ” the end”. The Tabernacle Journey is thus, Teleologically driven, which means that the purpose of everything in the Tabernacle is to bring us to a destination; an end. This precisely defined “end”, is therefore, much more important than the journey itself, contrary to popular thinking. However the journey is the only way to get there. The purpose of the “teleos” is to continually remind of where we are going, and how important it is to get there. Furthermore it is a great encouragement to us all that anyone who is willing to stick with the journey will indeed get there. If we trust the journey, the journey will take us where we hope to go.
The Tabernacle Journey is an accessible journey. You don’t have to be a Doctor of Divinity or a missionary or a professional pastor to experience, understand and profit from the Tabernacle journey. Once you have experienced the journey, you will experience an ahah moment of revelation. It doesn’t mean that you will have suddenly become spiritually mature, but rather that will now have a clear sense of how that maturity and fruitfulness that you so desire can, and will, be achieved in your life.
Finally the Tabernacle Journey is important because though it, the pilgrim will experience holiness, and will begin to understand what holiness is in itself, and will begin to realize how and why holiness is essential in our relationship with the Lord. This understanding alone will completely transform the pilgrim’s relationship with both him or herself and with the Lord.
The Tabernacle Journey will result in personal revival and personal revival will result in corporate revival, and corporate revival will transform communities and nations and that, it goes without saying, is important.
I will be giving guided Tabernacle Journey tours in the near future and if you have the opportunity to come with us, take the tour. Do it. You will never regret the experience and it will inform every area of your spiritual walk with Jesus for the rest of your life. I assure you that there will be no downside. There will be no spiritual abuse. There will be no focus on spiritual warfare or the casting out of demons. There will be no guilt tripping, or the presenting of idealist or impossible demands. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, it is simply and only a journey through the Tabernacle.