Preparation for Worship

God has always desired true fellowship with man.  After Adam and Eve’s sins separated
mankind from God and the wickedness on earth brought about His judgment in the form of the
flood, God set apart a people and taught them over millennia what it means to worship Him.  
The children of Isra’el received His covenant and commands, and they were charged with
sharing them with the rest of the world.  This training of man came centuries before the
sacrifice of the Messiah for redemption from sin, so that we would be prepared for true
fellowship with God once He made it possible.  Yeshua (Jesus’ name in the original Hebrew)
did not come to replace or abolish the Law of Moses or the Prophets, but to fulfill them.  He
stated that not one letter of the Law would pass away until heaven and earth disappear and
everything is accomplished (see Matt. 5:17-18).  Our Father clearly set a pattern for us in the
Tanakh (Old Testament) regarding worship.  Yet it takes the mind of the Messiah to truly hear
God’s commands to believers today through words written thousands of years ago.

We will now begin a study about the tabernacle and temple as a guide for us in approaching a
holy God for worship.  We will review the order God has set for us to enter into His presence
as well as some of the benefits we receive once we enter in.  Below is an overview of the
various phases of our worship experience as they connect to the format and structure handed
down from God to mankind through Moses and David.  Read it from the bottom up, as it
corresponds to the temple drawing next to it.
                                  Going to the Throne Room

Before even beginning the journey into the presence of God, worshippers must first allow
ourselves to be prepared for worship.  Submitting our cares and concerns to God, evaluating
our rules about worship and relationship with Him, and committing ourselves to allow Him to
draw us in rather than rushing in on our own strength are important parts of this preparation.  
When we take the focus off ourselves and place it on God, we are then reminded of the
covenant originally made between us and God—those words He first spoke into our spirits to
draw us into relationship with Him and the words our hearts uttered in response to His grace
and indescribable love.  These memories help us to reflect on ourselves honestly and compel
us to confess our present sinfulness (despite His many efforts to cleanse and teach us).  His
grace and love then fill us with the power to turn from the sins and repent.

Once the Blood of the Messiah has covered our sins and we have renewed our covenant with
God, thanksgiving for what He has done and adoration for who He is naturally flow from our
unburdened souls.  Memories of His goodness, recollections of His promises and descriptions
of His character fill our lips without even passing through our minds first.  This is the place
where true prayer and praise come forth—our incense offerings.  We sing, dance and pray in
the Spirit as we are free in the Father.  It is at this time that He draws us in—into His throne
room—and we get the opportunity to experience the power of His presence in our souls.  God
speaks, heals and anoints in His throne room.  Once we have received what we need to
depart from Him and make a difference in our world, He gently dismisses us to go forth and
represent Him to mankind.