Leviticus 1:1 And…
“And” is a conjunction that ties Exodus and Leviticus together. The last thing that happened in Exodus was the completion of the Tabernacle. In Exodus, you will recall, God spoke from Mount Sinai.
Leviticus 1:1 And the Lord called unto Moses, and spoke to him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying…
Now that the Tabernacle is completed God isn’t speaking from the Mount anymore. He is speaking out of the Tabernacle of the congregation. So the Lord has moved from Mount Sinai to the Tabernacle. You remember that the Shekinah Glory rested upon the mercy seat between the cherubim over the Ark of the Covenant. This is now where God is speaking. Mount Sinai is the place of the Law and according to Galatians 4:24, it leads to bondage. So God is no longer speaking from the position of Law which condemns, but He is speaking from the mercy seat over the Ark of the Covenant.
It is interesting to note that Leviticus 1:1 doesn’t just say that God is speaking from the Tabernacle, but that He is speaking from the Tabernacle of the congregation. This is prophetic. It is prophetic of this day when God speaks out of the congregation of His Church.
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
He is not talking about the literal heaven and earth, but that which has been is passed away and now we have come to something new. That is what happened from Exodus to Leviticus. God was no longer speaking from Sinai, but from the Tabernacle of the congregation.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem…
The holy city, New Jerusalem is the Body of Christ.
Revelation 21:2 …New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven…
The Word describes it as coming down out of heaven because it is a heavenly work. It is something that God has done and not man.
Revelation 21:2-3 …prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 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.
The move to the Tabernacle of the congregation is completed. God is speaking from the midst of His people, for He is dwelling in them.
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