In the Wilderness: Exodus 27:9-21

Plans for the tabernacle continue: Exodus 27:9-21
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“You shall make the court of the tabernacle. …”
Exodus 27:9
Around the tent of meeting, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, was a courtyard. 
The courtyard created a barrier around God’s presence. Not just anyone could approach. For many, the closest they could get was inside the courtyard. The curtains of the court of the tabernacle protected unclean people, according to the law, from coming too close. It is deadly business to come before God without the covering of a blood sacrifice.
Many desired to be near God by coming into His court. David put into words his desire to be as close as he could get to God.
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalm 84:2, 10 ESV
For God’s people who belonged to the old covenant, His court was something they longed to enter. To be there just one day, was better than anywhere else. And to stand at the doorway of the court was better than a life among the worldly.
The new covenant, brought a new Way. We do not have to settle for just being in God’s courtyard. Jesus made a new and living way straight into the throne room. We can be as near to God as we desire.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Do you long to be near God? Do you take advantage of the full access available to you through Christ’s sacrifice?
There is nothing better in this world, nothing more satisfying, than an intimate relationship with your heavenly Father, through Jesus, by way of the Spirit.
God ahead. Test me on this. I guarantee you it’s true…
Lord, thank You for making the way to come into Your presence.
Reveal and remove whatever keeps me on the outskirts of a 
relationship with You.
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