Almost exactly eleven years ago, I wrote a short blog post after touring the Messiah’s Mansion for the first time with our family. Today, our family is scheduled to take another tour with our church group.
Since I’m not even a hundred percent sure if that old blog of mine is accessible, here’s my summary. Here’s the link to my old blog.
Messiah’s Mansion and a Blast from the Past
“Thy way, O Lord, is in the sanctuary…” ~Psalm 77:15~
The Biblical sanctuary provides a model of the true sanctuary, which is in heaven. By studying the earthly model, we can understand more about the plan of salvation and what Jesus is doing for us now in the sanctuary above. We have wanted to learn more about the sanctuary, and from time to time have studied parts of it with the boys. Today, however, we had the opportunity to take a tour through the Messiah’s Mansion, which is a full-scale model of the Biblical desert sanctuary–a model of the model, really.
I was honestly expecting a quick pass through to look at the articles in the sanctuary, but we got a 1 1/4 hour tour, where the guides explained in detail the things we saw and their Biblical and spiritual meanings. I left feeling like I want to learn more about the meanings of the things we saw.
As a part of Bible and nature class these last two weeks, we have looked at the meanings of the colors in the Bible and the sanctuary service. We took last Tuesday’s Nature Day to collect specimens from nature of every color of the rainbow. We then pressed the leaves and flowers and took them out today. So, we assembled a rainbow book and glued the specimens to the correct colored page. They came out pretty well. Little Acorn was very proud of his book, and took, as usual,the most time on his. We learned that pressing morning glories does not work too well (they stuck to the pages of our book and ripped because they were so fragile). And, as usual, the gluing activity made for a sticky bunch of boys, table, floor, and yes, faces! 🙂 (Still working on not eating the glue)
I am excited that the local church here is beginning a series of classes next week to go deeper in learning about the sanctuary. The kids will be studying things from Daniel and Revelation, and also making a sanctuary model to bring home. I think this sounds really neat, and we plan to attend. They will also have sanctuary classes for adults simultaneously, and I don’t know if I’ll get to go to those or if I’ll stay with the boys to learn with them. Either way, we are looking forward to what we will learn in the next month or two.
I guess I could have taken pictures at the Messiah’s Mansion, but it somehow seemed a bit sacrilegious while they were explaining everything, and I didn’t. Just me…so here is the link for more information.
The True Lamb
The above link provides many free resources for learning about the Bible sanctuary and how it relates to our lives today.
Below are two screenshots from a wonderful resource page! My Bible First has a treasure house of teaching materials for children and adults, but mostly focusing on children.
These resources specifically deal with the sanctuary, broken down to make it easy for everyone!