The Temple layout given to Moses is a simple tent arrangement in three parts. There is the outer court, the tent interior, and the within the tent itself there is a closed off area called the ‘holy of holies.’
The outer court was open to the elements, come sunshine or rain. This is like our own human body. The outer court had two important features: the altar for the lambs and a wash-basin. The tent itself was a covering and housed within it three significant items: the lamp-stand (known as the ‘menorah’), a table with the bread, and an incense burner. These are symbolic of our soul with those things that light our way (intellect), nourish our search for meaning, and express our thoughts.
Then we come to the part that has been set aside. This was cut-off from access. Actually, the High Priest was only allowed on one day in the year (Day of Atonement) to enter it. This place kept the Ark of the Covenant. Within this Ark we had the Ten Commandments, a sample of the manna and the staff used to part the waters and bring forth water out of the rock (during the Exodus journey). This part featured when Jesus Christ died on the cross and the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom. The sacrificial death of the ‘lamb of God’ and the shedding of his blood had overcome our separation from God. This represents our spiritual connection with God. What was lost of so long has now been restored to us. We once again have access to God’s presence.
The Temple Walk addresses these three realities: what happens in our physical life (body), what is going on in our thoughts and decisions (soul), and what has God done to reconnect with us (spirit).
Salvation (enjoying God’s presence) has this three-fold impact in our life. It is not just an objective truth shared as a message (see the Gospels in the Bible), but also a present experience of healing, restoration, renewal, and wholeness.
We were made in the image of God: three aspects working together as one. We are body, soul, and spirit. After the fall of mankind as recorded in Genesis, we had lost Paradise (enjoying God’s presence). We practically became limited to just body and soul creatures. Death kept up its agenda to destroy us. It’s only a matter of time until we have to deal with the next level of loss: our body.
So, Jesus came to restore us in body and reconnect us in spirit. We receive and can indeed perceive all that Christ has accomplished for us through our soul. The temple interior is the connecting point between heaven (the will of God) and earth (the will of each person). When this aligns then the blessings of God’s presence, flows into our life. It’s a bit like tuning a radio to hear the music, but in this case, we tune into the frequency of God’s will for us that overcomes the distortions of the chaos in our life.
(I encourage you to do some further reading in Romans 8:1-11 & 12:1-13).