Search for Truth - Lesson 3
As taught by Bob Morgans - (Click Here for Video)

Lesson 3 starts with the 5th dispensation.  Let us back up again from the 5th period of time, we have Adam and Eve in the garden which is Innocence.  After they gotten out of the garden until clear up to Noah we call Conscience.  Then we have Human Government – the 3rd period of time.  From Noah up to the Tower of Babel.  Then from the Tower of Babel up to Abraham.   At Moses we call that the Promise where God just dealt with one man and gave him promises.  Now we are going into the 5th period of time and you can probably divide it up in other periods of time if you like.  This is where God deals with Moses.  We’ve got the children of Israel in Egypt and God didn’t want them there as we discussed in the last lesson. God didn’t want them to stay there.  God doesn’t ever want us to stay in Egypt – it is a type of sin – God doesn’t want us to stay in the world.  He has asked us to come out from the world and be ye separate.  In the story of Moses there are many, many lessons that God is trying to teach us and wants us to learn.  Moses might be what we learn in 8th grade or somewhere along those lines.  Moses, in his infancy, was saved by water.  Other male children were destroyed in the same water and yet Moses is saved. All the way through the Old Testament when you see water you see that people were damned or saved by water.  Moses is raised in Pharaoh’s house – you know the story.  God has to teach Moses some things and he takes him out to the desert and kind of dumbs him down.  You may have extensive education from a Bible school or university but God has to take you to the wilderness (if you please) and kind of take all of that out of you to where you think “I don’t know anything!”, before he can finally use you.  Oftentimes that is the case.

In Moses’ case there was a burning bush experience.  When we see the bush –I’m making this recording in the year 2007 – George Bush is in the Whitehouse – we don’t make a separate God out of the burning bush.   God needed to speak to Moses.  God could have chosen a donkey like he did Balaam.  He could have chosen any other means.  He could have used another man, like he did with Abraham,  – various ways that God spoke – but God chose a bush.  He set the bush on fire and God spoke to Moses out of the bush.  That does not make a separate God out of it.  It just means almighty God wanted to communicate with Moses in a form that got Moses’ attention and he set a bush on fire and the bush didn’t burn up.  Moses drew near and God said “Take your shoes off”.  I don’t think any of us would argue the fact that that was almighty God speaking out of that bush.  God throughout the entire Old Testament shows himself in different forms.  We don’t make separate Gods out of them because we know it is Jehovah God Almighty –“the Lord our God is one Lord”. Then God began to send the plagues on Egypt.  I find it interesting that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  Pharaoh wasn’t in charge of his own heart.  God was trying to destroy some of the gods that the Israelites had come to know as their gods.  They had been there 400 years – they didn’t remember Jehovah God. 
God was showing himself strong.  Sometimes when we start a brand new class the teacher is trying to show himself strong.  He’s just trying to show us that he is in charge.  He makes examples out of certain people.  In this case God made an example out of Pharaoh to show himself strong in the face of the Egyptians.  He showed that Moses was his leader. He did the same in the Book of Acts – Ananias and Sapphira – God showed that Peter was a chosen man of God. The rest of the people would understand that.  There are certain things that we have taught you that, God wants what he wants.  If we see the blood over the doorpost. Some men that were not righteous had blood over the door posts and were saved because they did what God said.  They were saved at least in that particular point in time.   Were there some good people who didn’t know to put the blood over the door posts?  Obviously there were some families in Egypt who weren’t enemies of the Hebrews and they did not put the blood over the door posts and their firstborn died.  God wants what he wants.  You don’t argue with God.  God knew that another few hundred years he would himself put the blood over our door posts that we could be saved.  He couldn’t tell that to them in those days that there had to be a sacrificed lamb. 

The lesson was - Do what God says!  God didn’t speak to all of those people.  He only spoke to one man.  That one man was Moses.  There was not a second witness.  There was not someone else to back up what Moses said he had seen.  Then we see the Red Sea.  I am humored to see some of the things that God did with man.  I laugh myself when I see what he does with me.  It is not so funny when I am going thru it.  Here God gets the  Hebrews out of Egypt – then he decides to take Pharaoh out after them.  You know the story – there are mountains on each side, there is the Red Sea in front of them, the Egyptians are behind them.  God stops the Egyptians from advancing by a cloud and so on.  What does God tell Moses to do?  “Take that rod” – What was the sign of the promise to Moses? – It was the rod.  The rod was his sign of his promise.  He said “Hold the rod out over the Red Sea”.  Can you imagine the whispering that is going on back thru the crowd?  Hey, what is our famous leader doing now?  Oh, he has his rod and he is holding it out over the Red Sea!  I don’t know what that is going to do for us.  You know we are dead ducks out here! Here our famous leader is holding his rod out over the Red Sea just like it was going to do something, but by morning something miraculous is happening to the Red Sea and they walked across.  Here again we see that one group was saved by water and the other group was damned by the very same water.  You see it depends on how you go thru the water.  Listen closely.  It depends on how you go thru the water as to whether you are damned or saved!  It is very important that you go thru the water correctly.  Well you know preacher I was baptized and - it doesn’t matter what you believe.  It matters what the Bible says that you need to do regarding water.  If you don’t do it exactly the way the Bible says it you are going to end up like Pharaoh.  You are going to be on his side.  Are you going to end up like Noah – those on the other side of the boat.  Are you going to end up on the wrong side of the water and be damned because the water is a saving agent?  It always has been all thru the scriptures.  You might be a good man and God may have led you up to this point, but unless you go thru the water the correct way, you are not going to be saved.

The last words of Moses were “Wash at the laver that you die not”.  We’ll look at that in a moment.  The last words of Jesus – “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”.  There weren’t 15 ways to be baptized.  There weren’t 15 ways to go thru the water. You either went with Moses or you died.  If you came thru with Pharaoh you were in bad shape. Then God gives Moses the Law and the Law made sinners out of people.   It was another lesson, it was more instruction.  It’s like in school when they took away the recess.  “Well how come we can’t go out and play anymore?” Because you are mature or supposed to be mature - 9th graders don’t go out for recess anymore - You are in high school.  We stopped that stuff.  You go to gym or whatever but no recess.  God gives the law and he begins to reveal more perfectly how he wanted man to act.  He wanted them to mature in him.  As he lead them out to the wilderness, it wasn’t God’s intent for them to be in the wilderness for a long time.  It was just to be a short period of time.  They could have been to Canaan’s land in just a few days.  They chose to do differently.  God is not going to force his will upon you.  God may have a plan for your life, but unless you choose to do the plan of God then he will use somebody else.  He will let you sit out the rest of your life in the wilderness or in some dead zone place that you are not fulfilled and you can rot there. God has a plan for our lives but if we don’t do it – we make the choice.  God had a plan for the Israelites.  He had a city; he had places already built for them that flowed with milk and honey.  But yet the Bible says in Acts 7 that their hearts were in Egypt.  Their bodies were in the wilderness, but their hearts were in Egypt. 

The Bible says that they began to offer sacrifices ( Acts 7)  to the gods that were in Egypt while they were still in the wilderness.  Today we have people that are trying to serve Jesus Christ but yet their mind and their hearts are still out in sin.  It wasn’t possible for the Hebrews to go back to Egypt.  Pharoah was dead.   Nobody wanted them back in Egypt.  Some Christians want to go back to 7th grade.  They have graduated, married, life is going on, but they want to go back and live the party life that they were living in 9th and 10th grade.  They want to go back to high school and just be a cut-up kid.  It is not possible.  They wouldn’t allow you at 35 back in high school.  You are done with that – grow up!  Focus on what life holds ahead, the promised land was ahead of them.  They weren’t focused on the promised land.  God had a promised land ahead of them, but because their hearts were in the wrong place, God gave them over to worship other gods.  He let their children go into the promised land.  God forbid that our children receive the promise that we are supposed to receive.  If we will take them to the promised land, we’ll all get there early.  We have to take the test that God wants us to take.  They spent 40 years wandering around in the wilderness until all the elders died off.  Living, if you please, with miracle clothes and shoes, with miracle food, God was still providing miracles for them, but they couldn’t see it.  They couldn’t see God in the day- to- day living.

Now we want to look at the tabernacle plan. The scripture clearly says the tabernacle is a type and a shadow of things to come.   When we look at the tabernacle, we see out at the front is the altar for sacrifice.  We see a laver for the washing.  Then in the holy place there was a candlestick.  There was also the altar of incense, and the Table of showbread.  Finally, there was the Holy of Holies which represented the dwelling place of the presence of God.  We know that all of God’s presence didn’t dwell there but it represented that. 
As we look at these particular articles in the tabernacle– keep this in mind – the altar represented a place of dying – a place that someone brought a token for their sin or their child’s sin. Blood was shed there. We see the altar perfectly resembles the New Testament church.  Jesus was the perfect lamb that was sacrifice for our sins.  The priest offered sacrifices of lambs and bullocks.  Paul talks about our bodies being sacrificed.  He said, “I die daily”.  In other words, the flesh wants to do this, this, and this but we don’t allow it to do it.  There was not way to perform the duties of the tabernacle except by the altar.  There was no way to enter the presence of God except by way of repentance and death.  Look at the churches we have today.  They are not doing it this way.  They say there are a 1,000 ways to get to Jesus.  We can do all kinds of sin and still be serving him.  When we take this thought thru the Old Testament we get to the right Jesus.  If we just look at the New Testament and the mercies and the grace of Jesus Christ (some churches are preaching a message of salvation without sin).  No longer is it a sin by some people’s interpretation to be homosexual.  We have them preaching, pastoring, we have them doing church work, many other sins are fine with the preacher or with their elders.  It’s not fine with God. 

The laver was a place the priest had to wash his hands and feet before he entered the tabernacle. Our sins are forgiven at the altar of repentance and they are washed away in baptism.  Here we see water again.  You are damned or saved by water in the Old Testament.  Remember the last words of Moses were “wash at the laver that you die not”.  The priest had got the blood of some sacrificed animal on him as he was sacrificing for somebody’s sins, as he is getting ready to go into the Holy place the priest must wash, if he doesn’t wash he instantly dies.  Now that is pretty dramatic.  We have churches that say that water is not important in your salvation, but look at the Old Testament   Was water important in the salvation plan of the tabernacle?  Yes it was.  Was water important in Noah’s day?  Yes it was.  Was water important in the Red Sea?  Yes it was.  All the way thru the Old Testament you see you are damned or saved by water.  The Bible says the Old Testament is a schoolmaster that leads us to Christ.

Why was Jesus baptized?  As an example.  Why would Jesus say, “he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved?”   Why do we have hundreds of preachers across our nation and world that say baptism is not important?  You see they haven’t read the Old Testament.  They haven’t read the whole Bible.  When you read the whole Bible you understand that baptism is important.  I can’t tell you why God wants you to dip someone under water except that is what he wants us to do.  That is what the book says. The last words of Jesus and Moses – wash at the laver that you die not.  Baptism, then we enter into the Holy place.  When we get into the holy place we see 3 different pieces of furniture there. 
The candlesticks were one of them.  It was totally dark inside this holy place.  Layered over with 7 different skins of animals (I am not discussing the details today) inside there was not sunlight – no moon light – the only light inside the holy place  was the candlestick.  Inside Christ’s church – Jesus Christ is the only light.  We read about going to heaven. There is no sun or moon there.  Christ is the light.    The priests could see to do what they were doing inside the holy place by the light of the candlesticks. It was a continuous light of Jesus Christ.  We need that light of Jesus Christ to burn continuously. If it doesn’t then we are in darkness without Jesus Christ.  It’s a perfect example of our lives.  What lesson are we in?  Maybe grade 8, but God is trying to tell us that without Jesus Christ there is no light in our lives.  Without the light of God in our lives then we are in darkness.  Then we see the table of shewbread. 
Next we see the table of shewbread had some bitter stuff scattered on the outside which made it a bit difficult to start to eat.  Once you started and got past the bitter, then it became sweet on the inside.   We all know that to sit down and begin to read the word of God it’s a little hard to start.  I have the Bible on tape and I listen to it as I drive down the road.  It’s easier sometimes to listen to the news rather than the Bible, but once I get started, I don’t want to stop.  I listen over and over and over to various verses as I try to get the word of God in my heart and my mind.  The shewbread gave them strength.  It gave them vigor.  When they began to eat of this then they began to worship and know that God was strong.  The word of God must be continually renewed.  In this setting the shewbread was renewed.  It didn’t stay in there forever.  It was taken out and new bread was put in.  We must continuously have the bread renewed in our lives.  Otherwise our lives end up in darkness.  If we are not careful, we will leave out the word of God in our lives.  We shouldn’t just get the word of God on Sunday.  God is trying to show them that everyday in this lesson – the 8th grade – everyday is a learning day.

Finally I think one of the most important articles in the Holy place was the altar of incense.  Not that the other two were not important, but I find a great lesson here that God is trying to teach us.  In the altar of incense it was a sense of worshipping God.  It didn’t burn continuously.  It burned on occasion when they would light it and they would bring it forth.  The lighting of this altar of incense had to come from an altar of repentance.  Repentance was outside.  We read where Aaron had a couple of sons – they decided they were going to light it some other way – maybe it was raining that day – they didn’t want to go get wet – I don’t know exactly what.  They didn’t light it the correct way and they died.  Now preachers listen to me.  We have people singing in our choirs, singing in our churches who aren’t repented.  We get up and we begin our worship service in singing and it is not coming from a heart of repentance.  The fire, the worship is not coming from the altar of repentance.  When you stand up to worship God in singing and praise or you stand up to preach and you have not repented and supposedly you are giving God glory and praise you are bringing damnation to yourself.  The scripture says some drink unworthily and they are sick and some die because they took communion with sin in their life.  When Aaron’s son’s offered strange fire they died. You can’t do that or you are going to die. God was trying to say here in the 8th grade or 9th grade, you have the wrong answer.  When we offer worship in our church services or in our homes or wherever we are we must first repent.  If we have sin in my life and we begin to offer worship we are worshipping the wrong Jesus we are worshipping the god of this world.  We can’t have un-repented sin in our life and then begin to sing the praises of Jesus. That’s why some people when they get up to sing their songs are flat.  There is no feeling.  It brings an odd feeling to us.  There are others that begin to sing that you feel incredible anointing.  We say, “Oh, what is the difference?”  It’s the same words, but it’s the difference in the heart of the person who is singing.  God is trying to teach us this way back in the Old Testament that you don’t offer strange fire.  You offer fire that comes from the altar of repentance.  When the altar of repentance fire comes it brings real, genuine worship that God is happy with.

Finally we see the resemblance of the two crosses.  We see perfectly shadowing - remember the Bible said that it’s a type and shadow of things to come – the tabernacle in the Old Testament is a type of the new birth in the New Testament.  We must have repentance or we are not going to make heaven.  We must have baptism – water applied to our hearts in the name of Jesus or we are not going to make it.  We must have the presence of God, receiving of the Holy Ghost or we are not going to make it. We must praise and worship him from a repented heart or we are not going to make it.  It’s very, very clear we are damned or saved by water.  It is impossible to enter the New Testament and not have the same thing happen to us.  We must have the repentance just like all the way thru the Old Testament or we die.  God required repentance.  Does he still require repentance in the New Testament?  Absolutely! But we look around and we see churches that don’t require people to repent.  I’m not saying that we get up and openly say every sin we have done. I don’t want my sins written on the wall. We must come humbly before him and repent.  Repentance is  a change of heart .  It’s not the amount of words spoken, but it must be done and repentance must be preached. If it’s not preached it’s not going to be done.  Baptism is the same way.  Baptism is a washing away – a renewing – a washing away of the old.   What were they washing away?  They were washing off the blood of the sacrifice that repented sinner had brought.  That is what happens when we have the washing away of our sins.  When we get baptized we are washing away and rising to walk in newness of life.  We repent.   Even John the Baptist told them “Go repent and then come get baptized”.  So it is fruitless to be baptized without repentance.  It is a foolish act.  Just repentance alone without baptism is just as foolish.  What good is repentance without baptism?  You have forgiveness but you don’t have your sins washed away.  You can’t enter into the holy place to do the service that God wants you to do – interpret the scripture correctly – enter into the joys of the Lord – so we must do both.  It is a powerful lesson when we look at this lesson in the Old Testament.


Study Sheet

Lesson # 3:  Birth of Moses to Entering the Promised Land
Fifth Dispensation - Law
       1.  Moses, the deliverer from bondage - EX 3:7-10
      2.  The birth of Moses - EX 2:2-10
      3.  Moses slays the Egyptian and flees to Midian - EX 2:11-15
      4.  God speaks to Moses through the burning bush - EX 3; 4:1-17
      5.  God sends ten plagues on the land of Egypt - EX 7:19 - 10:29
      6.  Blood applied to the door post - EX 12:1-36
      7.  Israelites cross the Red Sea - EX 14:1-31
      8.  Moses receives the Law on Mt. Sinai - EX 19 and 20
      9.  Plans for the building of the Tabernacle - EX 25, 26 and 27
     10.  Forty years of wandering in the wilderness
The Tabernacle
       1.  The Tabernacle given for a figure (HEB 9:8-19); a shadow (HEB 10:1);
          examples-patterns (HEB 8:5; 1 COR 10:11; LK 24:44)
      2.  The divisions - Outer Court, Holy Place, Holiest of Holies
      3.  Holy Place - 10 x 10 x 20 cu. = 2,000 cu. or the "Church Age"
      4.  Holiest of Holies - 10 x 10 x 10 = 1,000 cu or the "Millenial Reign 
          of Jesus Christ" - REV 20:4
The Brazen Altar
       1.  A place of Death and shedding of blood, typifying Jesus Christ, our 
          perfect Sacrifice - HEB 9:28; ISA 53:7; JOHN 1:29
      2.  Our bodies must be a living sacrifice - ROM 6:6; 8:36; GAL 2:20
      3.  Must go by the altar to enter Tabernacle - no way to enter presence 
          of God except by way of repentance - ACTS 3:19; 1 JN 1:9
The Brazen Laver
       1.  Priest must wash before ministering in Tabernacle; our sins are 
          forgiven at the altar of repentance and washed away, or remitted in 
          baptism - ACTS 22:16; 1 PET 3:20-21
      2.  Laver reflected image; repentant sinner sees himself before baptism 
          - 1 COR 6:9-11; ROM 6:3-7
      3.  Last command to Moses - "Wash at the laver that ye die not," last
          words of Jesus - "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved"
          - EX 30:20-21; MARK 16:16
The Golden Candlestick
       1.  The light of the Tabernacle; Jesus is divine light - JOHN 8:12
      2.  The light of God reveals His mysteries - 2 COR 4:6; EPH 3:5
      3.  This light was to burn continually; we are the light of the world
          to burn continually - MATT 5:16; 1 PET 3:15
The Table of Shewbread
       1.  Priest lived on this bread; we live by the Bread of Life
          - JOHN 6:32-35, 63; 1 PET 2:2
      2.  Shewbread to be continually renewed; Word of God must be continually 
          renewed in our lives - JOHN 5:39; ACTS 17:11
      3.  Frankincense was sprinkled on the Shewbread; Word of God is sometimes
          bitter - 2 TIM 3:16-17; Sweet to the inner man - PSALM 119:103
Altar of Incense
       1.  A type of drawing neigh to God in prayer - ROM 8:26-27; MATT 6:6
      2.  Fire for incense brought from Brazen Altar; our prayers must be 
          backed up by sacrifices - JOHN 15:7; 1 JOHN 3:22
      3.  Incense offered daily; pray without ceasing - LUKE 18:1; 1 CHR 16:11
      4.  Three types of fire; destruction (Brazen Altar); inspiration 
          (Candlestick); construction (Altar of Incense)
The Ark of the Covenant
       1.  The Ark is representative of God's presence - EX 25:22
      2.  The Ark always led the people; the resurrected Christ will lead His
      3.  The Veil was a type of Jesus' humanity - HEB 10:19-21
      4.  The Veil concealed the glory of God - 2 COR 3:13-16
      5.  Inside the Ark were the tables of the Ten Commandments, Aaron's rod 
          that budded, and a golden pot of manna - HEB 9:4
      6.  Aaron's rod was a type of Christ's resurrection
      7.  The Mercy Seat was the Throne of God in Israel
      8.  The sprinkling of blood on the Mercy Seat changed the Throne of God
          from a judgement seat into a throne of grace - HEB 4:14-16
The Tabernacle is a type of the New Birth in the New Testament
       1.  Furniture was in the shape of a cross; Jesus Christ fulfilled every
               part of the Tabernacle; we must also fulfill it by:
          (a)  Repentance = sins forgiven by our sacrifice, Jesus 
          (b)  Baptism in the Name of Jesus = sins washed away
          (c)  Receive the Holy Ghost = enter into the presence of God
               - JOHN 3:5; ACTS 2:38; EPH 1:13-14
       2.  Make sure we know the proper escape route

The end of lesson 3.  God bless you!

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