2016 ST Message One


Crystallization-Study of Exodus (4)

Message One

Going outside the Idolatrous Camp and Entering within the Veil

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

Now Moses would take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, some distance from the camp…And everyone who sought Jehovah went out to the Tent of Meeting, which was outside the camp—Exo. 33:7.

Where the Forerunner, Jesus, has entered for us, having become forever a High Priest according to the order of Melchisedec—Heb. 6:20.

Let us therefore go forth unto Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach—Heb. 13:13.

Word of Appetizer

Exodus 33:7 says that now Moses would take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, some distance from the camp…Why did he do this?

Before this time the tent of Moses was always within the camp because the presence of the Lord was in the midst of the people of Israel. But because Moses realized that the Lord’s presence would no longer be in the midst of the people, he removed his tent and pitched it outside the camp. This means that there was a separation between the tent where God was and the camp.

Spiritual Burden

We need to enter within the veil, into our spirit, and go outside the idolatrous camp of religion to have the closest and most intimate relationship with the Lord so that we can be persons who share a common interest with God and who can be used by Him to carry out His enterprise on earth.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

In Exodus the Ten Commandments are called the tablets of the Testimony. The commandments testify of God in two ways. Even before the decree of the law was completed, the people had already fallen into the sin of idolatry. The shattering of the tablets of the Testimony indicates that before the children of Israel received the law; they had already broken the law and the covenant of the law.

After the children of Israel worshipped the golden calf, Moses moved to a place outside the camp, where everyone who sought the Lord went to meet with him, for both the Lord’s presence and speaking were there.

The goal and ultimate conclusion of the book of Hebrews are that we would enter within the veil and go outside the camp.

The Experience of Life

To go outside the camp means to come out of religion, whence the Lord was cast out in rejection. The more we remain in our spirit to contact the heavenly Christ, who is in glory, the more we will go forth outside the camp of religion unto the lowly Jesus to suffer with Him.

Practice and Application

To enter within the veil is to get into our spirit. When we turn to our spirit and exercise it, we enter within the veil. We have to exercise, to use, to employ, our spirit by fanning our spirit into flame, setting our mind on the spirit, and discerning our spirit from our soul.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

Then Moses…went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand…—Exo. 32:15.

And as soon as he drew near to the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain—19.

The Tablets of the Testimony; Christ as God’s Word and God’s Testimony;

The Shattering of the Tablets of the Testimony—the Children of Israel Had Broken the Law and the Covenant of the Law:

I. In Exodus the Ten Commandments are called the tablets of the Testimony; the commandments testify of God in two ways: God is the unique God; God is a God of love, light, holiness, and righteousness.

II. In 24:12 God called Moses up to the top of the mountain to give him the tablets of the law, the Testimony; Christ is God’s Word and God’s testimony; the reality of keeping the law is to live God and express God; such a living, a living in the eternal economy of God, is the living of a God-man.

III. The shattering of the tablets of the Testimony indicates that before the children of Israel received the law, they had already broken the law and the covenant of the law.

Key Verses (2)

Now Moses would take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, some distance from the camp …And everyone who sought Jehovah went out to the Tent of Meeting, which was outside the camp—Exo. 33:7.

And Jehovah would speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his companion. …—11.

IV. After the Children of Israel Worshipped the Golden Calf, Moses Moved to a Place outside the Camp—Both the Lord’s Presence and Speaking Were There

We need to see and be warned by the principle of the golden-calf idol, an idol made by God’s redeemed people to make them an idolatrous camp; with idolatry there is the pretense of worshipping the true God, and there is mixture in the worship of God.

Because Moses realized that the Lord’s presence would no longer be in the midst of the people, he removed his tent and pitched it some distance from the camp; his tent then became the tent of God.

We need to enter within the veil and go outside the idolatrous camp to have the closest and most intimate relationship with the Lord.

Key Verses (3)

Which we have as an anchor of the soul, both secure and firm and which enters within the veil, Where the Forerunner, Jesus, has entered for us, having become forever a High Priest according to the order of Melchisedec—Heb. 6:19-20.

Let us therefore go forth unto Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach—13:13.

V. The Goal and Ultimate Conclusion of the Book of Hebrews Are That We Would Enter within the Veil and Go outside the Camp

To enter within the veil means to enter into the Holy of Holies, where the Lord is enthroned in glory, and to go outside the camp means to come out of religion, whence the Lord was cast out in rejection.

We must be in our spirit, where, experientially speaking, the practical Holy of Holies is today, and outside religion, where the practical camp is today.

To enter within the veil is to get into our spirit; when we turn to our spirit and exercise it, we enter within the veil.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 The Ten Commandments are called the tablets of the Testimony (Exo. 32:15)

(Please explain in which two ways the commandments testify of God.)

T2 The law is the word of God and the testimony of God (Exo. 34:28; 16:34)

(Please explain that the reality of keeping the law is to live God and express God.)

D2

T1 Man is unable to keep God’s commandments (1 John 5:21)

(Why is it that we human beings cannot keep the law, but break it instead?)

T2 The children of Israel made a golden calf (Exo. 32:4)

(Please explain that a calf signifies enjoyment, and the children of Israel worshipped what they enjoyed.)

D3

T1 The children of Israel’s worshipping of the golden calf was an amusement and an entertainment (Exo. 32:6)

(Please explain that amusement and entertainment were their idol, and they may also be our idol today.)

T2 The principle of the golden-calf idol (Exo. 32:1-6)

(Please explain that the principle of the golden-calf idol is that gifts from God, both material and spiritual are not properly used for God’s purpose.)

D4

T1 The camp signifies a religious people (Exo. 32:19; Matt. 15:7-9; Rev. 17:3-5) (Refer to Outline IV. B. 1-2)

(Please explain that in the history of God’s people the camp may be seen in at least three periods.)

T2 Moses removed his tent and separated it from the idolatrous camp (Exo. 33:7, 11) (Refer to Outline IV. B. 3. a-c)

(Please explain that as a companion of God, Moses had an intimate relationship with Him and knew what was on His heart.)

D5

T1 Entering within the veil and going outside the camp (Heb. 6:20; 13:13)

(Please explain the spiritual significance of entering within the veil and going outside the camp.)

T2 The more we enter within the veil, the more we go outside the camp (1 Tim. 4:7-8)

(Please explain that when we turn to our spirit and exercise it, we enter within the veil.)

D6

T1 In order to enter within the veil, we must get into our spirit (Heb. 4:12)

(The more we are in our spirit, enjoying the heavenly Christ, the more we will come outside the camp of religion.)

T2 We must exercise our spirit that we may enter within the veil (2 Tim. 1:6-7; Heb. 9:3-4)

(Please explain that to be within the veil is to be in the Holy of Holies, in a realm where we partake of Christ and enjoy Him as the hidden manna, the budding rod, and the law of life, issuing in God’s corporate expression for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose.)

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