“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” – Revelation 21:3

Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-40 · Revelation 21:1-14 · Psalm 46

Sermon

I suppose that all of us have at some time imagined a city attractively laid out, with noble buildings, broad streets, spacious parks, and beautiful homes. In it there would be no slums, no unsightly manufacturing districts with unsanitary dwellings for the working people. And indeed today there is going on much city planning and a remodeling of cities, the removal of unsightly buildings and the placing of manufacturing districts outside of the city limits. Such a city Plato dreamed of, and since his time others have tried to envision the perfect city. It would be an ideal place in which to live. It would have the peace and quiet of the forest and the beauty of nature’s gardens.

This concept, however, is concerned wholly with material things. Its visions and hopes are of material attainments.

The Word of God also has its dream city. The apostle John, his spiritual eyes opened in vision, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And the Christian Church has accepted with gladness this vision. But it has regarded it as a prophecy of the splendor of heaven, and looks forward to it as something that the righteous will inherit when they pass beyond the veil.

Yet the Word of God speaks of this city as something to be realized on earth – something “coming down from God out of heaven.”

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“And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another.
“And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle.” – Exodus 26:5, 6

Readings

Exodus 26:1-14 · Mark 9:1-13 · Psalm 84

Sermon

Every reverent reader of the Bible, when he reads of the minute details given for the construction of the tabernacle, must feel that there is some heavenly meaning for us concealed therein. The details concerning the materials to be used and the construction of the tabernacle were not from Moses’ own mind, but were revealed to him out of heaven.

The thought is familiar to us that the tabernacle represents the dwelling place of the Lord. It represents heaven, and it represents the Lord’s church on earth and human society in its true order. It represents the Lord’s dwelling-place in every human heart, and above all it represents the Lord’s own Divine Humanity in which He dwells among men.

It is with the tabernacle as the representative of the church and of human society that our thought will be concerned at this time, and particularly with the loops and taches by which its curtains were fastened together. Spiritually this tells us of the mutual relations of man with man, by which the whole body of the Lord’s church and of human society is joined together into one.

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