Don’t view God’s Sanctuary as the average Israelite did; instead, I challenge you to take a deeper look through the unveiled eyes of Moses.
Jesus offered a new way to enter the Sanctuary that does not erase its lessons or overwrite them with a new theology. Jesus is the apex of the entire symbolic system, though in a way different from how you might imagine.
We talk about coming to faith in Jesus and individually becoming a new creation, but we rarely take this “whole creation” commission seriously by becoming activists for God’s new creation.
I think God is waiting for us to hold on to His grace in such a way that the world can see a fuller display of His compassion and love.
The more you observe Jesus, the more you will be attracted to the beauty of His character. It is this attractiveness—this loveliness and beauty—that makes Him so unique.
Some have suggested that the woman caught in adultery in John 8 was the prostitute Mary Magdalene, who had been sexually exploited and abused by Simon, her uncle. What if this abused and embittered woman had become pregnant? How would Jesus have treated Mary and the men who accused and abused her?
Jesus is a co-equal manifestation of God’s love. If the Father is just like the Son—that is, if Jesus revealed what God is like—this is the most amazingly good news there could be.
Thank God for the loving fathers who remind us of our heavenly Father in heaven who loves us more than we could ever know.
When Daniel was in Babylon, he prayed facing the direction of the Temple site where God’s name was placed. Likewise, we need to always keep the character of God in view when we are in Babylon. God’s presence, character, and reputation are what matter most.
Given the traditions of my Jewish and Hindu friends and the sensitivity of my vegan friends who demand compassion for all creatures, they would be highly offended if I consumed factory-farmed pigs and cows while advocating and otherwise adhering to Biblical principles of love, mercy, and compassion.