Bible and Church

The Spectrum of Spiritual Themes in the Tabernacle and in the Church

In this article the spiritual meaning of the vessels in the tabernacle is associated with a direction of view. The ark of the covenant symbolizes the holiness of God therefore its direction of view is vertically upwards. The showbread table represents the human level – horizontal. In contrast to the sacrifices the bread was eaten completely by the priests. The animals for sacrifice were slaughtered in a place north of the altar of burnt offerings. This location beside the six vessels of the tabernacle is also of importance. Its symbolic direction of view is vertically down against sin. The direction of view of the other vessels result from a superimposition of two of the main directions. The altar of burnt offerings is mainly related to sin but also to the sinful human. The seven petitions of the Lord’s prayer represent the same directions of view. The seven spiritual directions of view are compared to the seven spectral colours of white light. When all spectral colours are superimposed in balanced intensity this results in white light. Corresponding all seven spiritual themes must be present in balance in the life of a Christian and in the Church to please our Lord.

Lessons from the Prayer Life of David

How did David become a man after God’s own heart? The Psalms give hints toward an answer to this question. When we come to understand the under which circumstances David prayed the Psalms, this would be a help. In a few of his Psalms this information is given in the heading. In others the content offers helpful hints. To recognize these is the aim of this paper. – David was on the run twice in his life, first from Saul and much later from his son Absalom. Between these he reigned as king over Israel and made Jerusalem his capital. After transferring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem he organized a continuous worship under Asaph (1Chr.16,37). From that time on his heart was full of thoughts about the house of God – the Temple (Ps.27,4) although the Temple was built much later. – However, at first David had to learn that the basis of his life was not his own righteousness but God’s forgiving grace. In the valley of the shadow of death he prayed Psalm 22. In Psalm 23 he took a view back to the hours of horror and then he prayed: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”