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(This has become my most visited blog…which is very interesting to me. I guess there is just so much interest out there in the OT tabernacle and temple that this gets a lot of hits. Let me encourage you, teach the tabernacle biblically-accurate, teach it in a way that puts your people right into it, and teach it in a way that leaves them with CHRIST! Here’s how I did it… I made 3 door ways out of 1″ pvc pipe and shower curtains, and put the three door ways right up in front of our stage. I taught in front of the first door way to explain the courtyard, then I went through the doorway to enter the tent. There I taught on the bronze altar and the sacrifices, then I went through the second doorway into the Holy Place. There I taught on the lampstand, altar of incense, and bread of presence, and then I went through the third doorway into the Most Holy Place. There I taught on the ark of the covanant and mercy seat. The students loved it. I had people come in before hand to make the tabernacle furniture…some were just boxes spray painted gold…but the students will never forget that night! Here’s the message I preached…)
When Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq, he purposed to build himself a palace that would symbolize his absolute power and rule. He idolized the ancient king Nebuchadnezzar and his rule. So he not only built a palace like his, but he also built it with the ruins of the ancient palace. Six hundred rooms, 60 million sand-colored bricks each inscribed with a tribute to his rule, overlooking the Euphrates river, architected like a ziggurat (ancient temple), as high as four stories, as long as five football fields, hundreds of thousands of feet of marble, and gold bathroom fixtures are just some of the intimidating tactics that Saddam wanted to play a part in his palace. The funny thing is, Saddam rarely even lived in it.