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We find in the Scripture that God had a very real presence with Adam and Eve. “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8). The graphic above is most important because both Adam and Eve, who were, previous to their disobedience, naked are wearing the skins of animals to cover their nakedness. The importance here is that an innocent animal had to die (blood had to be shed) in order to cover the sin Adam and Eve had committed. This is the beginning of a thread that runs through the entire Bible and revolves around the following key passages.
“…and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22).
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it for you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life” (Leviticus 17:11).
The passage above refers to the altar being used by God to make atonement for your souls. What appears below is an artist concept of what this piece of “furniture” looked like.
God has always provided a method by which He has manifested His presence with the humanity He created. What I am going to do now is to trace how that presence has evolved and maintained throughout biblical history.
There was a period in biblical history where the Israelites were wandering in the desert, moving physically from place to place. God’s plan during this time period was to use what is known as the Mosaic Tabernacle to manifest His presence with the people. Specific, detailed instructions were given to Moses as to how to construct this Tabernacle and to furnish it with the required “furniture” for its operation. these details are documented in the book of Exodus Chapters 25 through 31. The graphic below depicts what that Tabernacle may have looked like.
The graphic above is an illustration of what the first Temple that was built in the city of Jerusalem may have looked like.That Temple was built by King Solomon in the Tenth Century BC and was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, in 586 BC (See 1 Kings Chapters 5 through 9). Also note the altar for animal sacrifices.
Since that time God moved from meeting with people in a building to indwelling each believer by His Spirit living in the human spirit.
“That they may all be one; even as thou, Father, are in me (Jesus speaking), and I (Jesus) in thee (the Father), that they (the church consisting of all believers in Christ) also may be in us (John 17:21).
“I (Jesus) in them (the church)…” (John 17:23).
“For in him (God) we live and more and have our being…” (Acts 17:28).
“…For we (those who believe in Christ) are the temple of the living God; as God said, I will live in them (believers) and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
“…Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?…” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
“was pleased to reveal his Son in me…” (Galatians 1:16).
“…but Christ who lives in me (Paul and all Christians)…” (Galatians 2:20).
“…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
“…By this we (believers) may be sure that we are in him (God)” (1 John 2:5).
“…And by this we know that he (Jesus Christ) abides in us …” (1 John 3:24).
Figure 161 above illustrates what many Bile scholars and students of the Bible call “the scarlet thread” that runs throughout the Bible. The scarlet thread starts out as a type of Jesus dying on the Cross for our sin in the book of Genesis by the innocent animals that were killed in order to provide garments (coverings) for Adam and Eve and continues with the ram that took Isaac’s place on the altar on Mount Moriah, the Passover lamb, the institution of the animal sacrifice system for the Israelites, the scarlet rope of Rahab, and thousands of years of sacrifices performed in the Mosaic Tabernacle and later the Temples in Jerusalem. John the Baptist brings it to a near conclusion when he announces, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).