I’m reminded of a song this morning entitled “Lord, Prepare Me to Be a Sanctuary”.  The first two lines are:

“Lord prepare me, to be a Sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true
and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, Sanctuary, oh for you.”

I remember learning and singing this song while involved in treatment for my substance abuse problem in 1992.  Little did I know then what I know now regarding the Sanctuary and the hidden truths which are found.  The Lord brought it into my mind to share with you about the “three” Sanctuaries, which up until now, I never thought about.

The first Sanctuary was constructed by Moses after God showed Him a pattern of the one in Heaven.  This was a temporary and mobile one which could be setup and packed away as required.  The materials were of weight which easily men could transport and for however long as it was necessary, it would remain in place to carry out the provision of God’s plan for the redemption of man.

When we first come to God, our experience is similar to this first Sanctuary.  Nothing is firm because of the transience of our lives; however, God is not dissuaded from working within us for the perfecting of “His saints”.  He is willing to meet us where we are, continually working, educating and showing us the more perfect Sanctuary in heaven where we are to have our focus and by comparison to become more like it.

Once Israel received the promise of the “Promised Land” it was no longer necessary to continue using this portable Sanctuary and God showed King David His plan and he, David, before his death was able to instruct Solomon, his successor, in the task of building a more permanent structure.  This typifies our lives when we are older, more established and should be more certain with regards to our pattern which is still found in heaven.  Our goals and works are more solidified.  Our position and thoughts more stable.  Our determination is fixed and not swayed, nor should it be, by passing winds of doctrine.  Its purpose is to direct our attention to the heavenly Sanctuary which is the example of us all.  For the One who serves there loves us, has brought us through the “Wilderness” of our lives, to a more permanent place of experience and for all tense and purposes we should mostly resemble Him.

I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again, it is only through the study and application of the Sanctuary Service are we fully able to understand the Gospel and the work involved both by God and Christ on our behalf, as well as the work we are to do which accompanies theirs.  It requires a diligence to know, a commitment to learn and a blessing will follow.

“Lord prepare me, to be a Sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true
and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, Sanctuary, oh for you.”


June 8, 2015


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