Now we are going to look at the sign of the Christ in the boards of the tabernacle to see how God preaches to us stewardship and New Covenant priesthood.
1. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2. Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, saying,
3. What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
4. And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
5. To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the Lord, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the Lord.
“the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak unto Aaron”
Again, what we see here is how God is packaging His revelation through stewardship. And He (God) said through the stewardship (Moses) to Aaron. We see God’s manner of communication (to give revelation to Moses to give to Aaron) illustrated in the very construction of the tabernacle. A vertical board was anchored in place and horizontal boards attached to the vertical boards.
Let’s read about this again from the book of Exodus 36:20, “And he made boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood, standing up.” The board that is “standing up” is the vertical board. That represents stewardship (Moses). “And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards from the one end to the other,” (Exodus 36:33). The “middle bar” represents the priesthood (Aaron) and the unity of the saints.
This is the sign of the cross of Christ in the tabernacle, showing us that in Christ is both stewardship and priesthood. The Lord gave a particular revelation to Moses (vertical) and then he spoke to Aaron (horizontal) who was to distribute this knowledge to his sons and to all the children of Israel.
We see this same pattern in John 17:8, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.”
The reason for this particular pattern is to protect the purity of the word and to oversee and defend it. This is why we see church government begin with apostles. Spiritual government becomes a refuge to oversee and protect the purity of God’s word, and that is why God initiates it in the manner that we see here with Moses. Let’s move on now to verse 3 and 4:
“What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp, and bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people”
This is what we see in the book of Revelation, the cup of the mother of Harlots is full of blood. She is guilty of slaughter. All those belief systems, traditions, and practices that the mother of harlots initiated was defiling to those who came in contact with it. So they are worthy of the blood that they drink.
They drank of the cup of her fornication. The doctrine she received was not through the stewardship, it was through devils. So blood shall be imputed to that man as if they committed murder. Just as Apostle John says, that we should not be as Cain “who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous,” (1 John 3:12).
So blood shall be imputed to that man, blood guiltiness. He has shed blood and that man shall be cut off from his brethren. We are the true circumcision that worship God in the Spirit, but they that are blood drinkers and deniers of covenant. They have blood on their hands, they are guilty of murder, as Cain.
This is how God looks at it. This is the God perspective. Of course, the Adamite perspective sees it differently. They see every sincere initiating act of worship to be worthy of God’s acceptance. But God does not view things that way. God does not weigh sincerity on the scale of truth, nor does He weigh worthiness on the scale of truth. God weighs only Christ on the scale of truth.
Being cut off is like being cast out of the house. To the end that that the people would understand that God is holy. Those who break the scales of His sanctification are guilty of blood. The world is guilty of blood because they broke the scales of God’s sanctification. They removed His scales which is just and possesses all equity and chose their own scales, the scales of Baal and the scales of the aspirations of man. This goes all the way back to Satan. Satan wanted God to calibrate the scales to his interest, to calibrate the scales to his aspirations, and of course Satan was cast out.
“To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field”
The “open field” sacrifice is symbolic of the wilderness Christian. The wilderness Christians are taking the knowledge and offering it in the open field. This is symbolic of denomination faith rather than covenant faith. This is symbolic of a priesthood that is wandering from the stewardship. To God, the “open field” Christian is broken off from Him having broken off from stewardship.
It is very deceptive to the carnal eye. A bullock of Pharaoh looked like the bullock of Israel and the sheep of Pharaoh looked like the sheep of Israel and the goats of Pharaoh looked like the goats of Israel, but God put a difference between them and God puts a difference between the knowledge that is offered out in the field and the knowledge that is offered in His house.
The grievous murrain struck down the cattle of Pharaoh, but on the other side of the wall, in the land of Goshen, not one was lost to the children of Israel because they were sanctified. They were under Moses' stewardship. Darkness was over the land of Pharaoh, but light over the land of Israel. The open field ministry are those unconverted believers. They are taking the knowledge, but offering it on every high hill and under every green tree, thinking that their ignorance is innocence and that their sincerity is of truth when in reality it is full of blood and lies and death.
It is lies because it is the signature of man. It is contaminated with death because the image of Satan is in it. Those who offer their sacrifices in the open field are as Satan, showing non conformity to God, rebellion, and remaining independent of the law of God’s grace.
“To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the Lord, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest”
To the end that the children of Israel who offer their sacrifices in the open field might bring their offering unto the Lord. Where is the Lord at? The door of the tabernacle. Applying that to Jesus and the Christian priesthood, the door represents the conscience and the tabernacle is the framework and foundation of knowledge that God established for our understanding to be empowered. This framework speaks of God’s authority.
God authorizes the sanctification of your conscience by faith because faith establishes the throne of Christ in the door. As Apostle James also says, “Behold the judge stands before the door,” (James 5:9). God establishes Christ as the authorization and throne of the conscience. But where an individual is severed from God, Satan stands as the voice of the conscience. Constantly weighing knowledge on the scales of one’s need, greed, loss, and the appetites of the flesh he clogs the conscience with a lot of noise: the need to qualify self, logic, and accusations.
Those who do not bring their sacrifices to the sanctified and specified place, which at that time was the tabernacle, would be cut off. They were initiating their own stewardship and their sacrifices were contaminated being unsanctified. This is where people appoint themselves as the vertical board whereas God did not sanctify that vertical board. The vertical board was found where? In the tabernacle. The vertical board was not found in the open field. If it is found in the open field it is because it is broken. A broken board is like driftwood.
Of course apostle Jude brings this out when he speaks of raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame, which is the broken boards. The ships that were smashed upon the rocks, all the debris floats ashore and that's the open stewardship as the broken boards.
“and offer them for peace offerings unto the Lord”
If you want the peace of God to rule in your heart then you have to function according to the sanctified priesthood and you have to identify and labor with the sanctified stewardship. that which God authorized. Your stewardship is authorized. When you are put within the walls of the tabernacle you are in recognition of Moses, the chief steward.
Every board that was put there was under Moses' stewardship, which included himself. So there was 2 ouches of silver and a board was put into the 2 ouches of silver. which as to do with divine communion. 2 ouches were put together and the board slid right into it. So you have unity through stewardship for the oversight and priesthood (horizontal).
This shows the unity of the church in the cross of Christ, through the priesthood. A priesthood apart from the stewardship is a broken board. It is just laying there. You need the stewardship for the board to be put in its proper place. Stewardship provides the very grounding of your faith. Apart from the vertical board, the horizontal board has no function, it is laying on the field, or washed ashore as debris.
Through the priesthood you sustain your Christian growth. Without your priesthood what do you have to give and without stewardship you have no priesthood.