2018 WT Message Eight

Crystallization-Study of Numbers (1)

Week Eight

God’s Speaking

from between the Cherubim of Glory

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And when Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the expiation cover that was upon the Ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; and he spoke to Him.—Num7:89.

Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.—Heb4:16.

Word of Appetizer

According to the Bible, where do we hear God’s voice?

At the throne of grace, the oracle in the Holy of Holies. If you are still around the cross, it will be difficult for you to hear God’s speaking. But whenever you come to the throne of grace, the propitiation cover, you will immediately hear the divine voice. You will hear God’s voice because you are in the oracle, at the throne of grace. It is here that we hear God’s speaking, see His countenance, and enjoy His presence. It is here that we are one with Him in His economy. So the book of Hebrews turns us from the altar in the outer court to the place of God’s oracle in the Holy of Holies.

Spiritual Burden

The expiation cover on the Ark in the Holy of Holies equals the throne of grace in Hebrews 4:16. As believers in Christ, we have “boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus”; the expiation cover is the throne of grace where God meets with us and speaks with us;The throne of grace, the reality of the expiation cover, is in our spirit; whenever we turn to our spirit and come to the throne of grace, we correspond to Christ’s heavenly ministry.

 

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his companion;God and Moses were companions, associates, partners, involved in the same career and having a common interest in a great enterprise.

When Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with God, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the expiation cover that was upon the Ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim.

The expiation cover on the Ark in the Holy of Holies equals the throne of grace in Hebrews 4:16.

The Experience of Life

As believers in Christ, we have “boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus”; the Christ who is in heaven is also in our spirit; Whenever we turn to our spirit, we enter into the Holy of Holies, where we meet with God who is on the throne of grace.

When we are at the throne of grace in the Holy of Holies, we behold the glory of the Lord and are transformed into the image of the resurrected and glorified Christ from glory to glory, for we see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Practice and Application

we need to know God’s heart and also be a person according to God’s heart. We all need to learn that only a person like Moses can be a companion of God. Only this kind of person can share a common interest with God and be used by God to carry out His enterprise on earth.

day by day we also need to meet with God at the propitiatory cover and in His glory. Whenever we turn to our spirit, we enter into the Holy of Holies, where we meet with God who is on the throne of grace;How much more will the Lord infuse Himself into us if we spend an hour of fellowship with Him!

 

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

Key Verses (1)

Exo33:11 And Jehovah would speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his companion. ……

Num12:7~8 My servant Moses is not so; He is faithful in all My house. With him I speak face to face, even openly, and not in riddles; And he beholds the form of Jehovah……….

Exo24:15~18 And Moses went up to the top of the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. ………And the appearance of the glory of Jehovah was like consuming fire on the top of the mountain to the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses entered into the midst of the cloud and went up on the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

I. The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, just as a man speak to his companion

. God and Moses were companions, associates, partners, involved in the same career and having a common interest in a great enterprise.

. Because Moses was intimate with God, he was a person who knew God’s heart, who was according to God’s heart, and who could touch God’s heart; thus, he had God’s presence to a full extent.

. In Exodus 24:15-18 Moses was in the Holy of Holies, where the shekinah glory was. There were at least three classes of people at different distances in relation to Mount Horeb; These three locations—corresponding to the three parts of the tabernacle (the outer court, the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies)—illustrate the fact that among God’s people there are different degrees of fellowship with Him.

.The principle in Exodus 24 with Moses on the mountaintop under God’s glory receiving commandments from God is the same as that in Numbers 7:89, which concerns Moses speaking with God in the Tent of Meeting.

Key Verses (2)

Num7:89 And when Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the expiation cover that was upon the Ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; and he spoke to Him.

Psa. 80:1 O Shepherd of Israel, give ear, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who sit between the cherubim, shine forth.

Heb1:3 Who, being the effulgence of His glory and the impress of His substance and upholding and bearing all things by the word of His power……….

II. When Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with God, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the

expiation cover that was upon the Ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim

.The expiation cover signifies Christ as the place where God meets with His redeemed people and speaks to them in grace.

. The cherubim on the expiation cover signify God’s glory and are called “cherubim of glory”; thus, the cherubim on the expiation cover indicate that Christ expresses God’s glory.

. Jehovah, the Shepherd of Israel, was enthroned between the cherubim, and from there He shined forth.

. From above the expiation cover, from between the two cherubim which were upon the Ark of the Testimony, God met with Moses and spoke with him; the propitiatory cover with the cherubim is nothing less than our dear Lord Jesus Himself; The expiation cover with the blood of the sacrifices sprinkled on it portrays the redeeming Christ in His humanity (with His judicial redemption) and the shining Christ in His divinity (with His organic salvation) as the place where fallen sinners can meet with the righteous, holy, and glorious God and hear His word.

Key Verses (3)

Heb4:16 Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.

Heb10:19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus.

Rev21:23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

III. The expiation cover on the Ark in the Holy of Holies equals the throne of grace in Hebrews 4:16

. As believers in Christ, we have “boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus”.

. The Holy of Holies today is in heaven, where the Lord Jesus is, but even though we are still on earth, we can enter into the Holy of Holies.

. Whenever we enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, we come to the throne of grace within the veil to receive mercy and find grace from the ascended Christ in the heavens.

. When we are at the throne of grace in the Holy of Holies, we behold the glory of the Lord and are transformed into the image of the resurrected and glorified Christ from glory to glory.

. In the new heaven and new earth, the entire city of New Jerusalem will be the Holy of Holies filled with the glory of God, the light, shining in the Lamb as the lamp, and we will enjoy the throne of God and of the Lamb with the river of water of life, serve Him, see His face, live under His shining, and reign forever and ever.

 

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 God’s friend and God’s companion (Exo33:11)

(Illustrate what is the difference between Abraham being God’s friend and Moses being God’s companion.)

T2 actually and experientially there are differences among us concerning our fellowship with the Lord.(Num12:7~8)

(Illustrate what is the reason of Moses enjoying God’s presence to the fullest.)

D2

T1 Upon the expiation cover there were two cherubim(Exo37:7~9)

(Illustrate what do cherubim and the expiation signify?)

T2 That the cherubim and the expiation cover were made of pure gold(Exo25:10、17~18)

(Illustrate does the expiation cover of gold being put on top of the Ark of acacia wood signifies.)

D3

T1 God speaks to us in His glory.(Num7:89)

(What is the significance of God speaking to His people in the midst of cherubims?)

T2 The glory in which God meets with us and in which He speaks to us is the shining of Christ.(2Cor4:6)

(Illustrate the characteristics of the shining Christ.)

D4

T1 Christ’s humanity is for redeeming and His divinity is for shining.(Lev16:14~15、29~30)

(Illustrate he expiation cover with the blood of the sacrifices sprinkled on it portrays the redeeming Christ in His humanity and the shining Christ in His divinity)

T2 it is in this shining Christ that God meets with us and speaks with us(Heb1:3,Rom3:25)

(Illustrate propitiation, expiation cover with the cherubim is nothing less than our dear Lord Jesus Himself.)

D5

T1 we have boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus.(Heb10:19)

(Illustrate how can we enter into the Holy of Holies with boldness?)

T2 The Christ who is in heaven is also in our spirit(2 Tim. 4:22)

(Illustrate Even though we are still on earth, we can enter the Holy of Holies. The secret is our spirit)

D6

T1 the expiation cover is the throne of grace where God meets with us and speaks with us(Heb4:16)

(Illustrate the throne of grace, the reality of the expiation cover, is in our spirit with experience.)

T2 In the Holy of Holies before the throne of grace,we behold and reflect the glory of the Lord.(2Cor3:18,Rev21:23)

(Illustrate the entire city of the New Jerusalem is the Holy of Holies. God Himself will be the light, and Christ will be the lamp, shining out God to enlighten .)