Before they could walk, they had to dwell, before they could dwell they needed the Light.

My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places…Isaiah 32:18.

Dwellings, mishchan; Strong’s #4908. A tabernacle, a dwelling place; a place of residence, a habitation. The root of mishchan is shachan, meaning “to dwell, reside, remain, stay.”  I am using this reference as a door opener into a field loaded with beautiful word pictures, which for the most part are sadly overlooked.


In my statement yesterday I said, “Meditating on these Scriptures brings to mind a very poignant passage from the OT that brings together the interconnectedness of the two testaments in regards to the person of Jesus.” What follows is my attempt to share the light God as given to me as a beggar in need of His bread.

God as the Master painter has given us a picture of Jesus in the Old Testament that carries His voice in the form of Word pictures. The entire OT is a picture of His salvation message in Jesus Christ. The picture tells by type and shadows the form that represented what seemed to be loveless, insignificant, rituals, customs, and names that seemed very harsh. However, they were all individual pieces of the same picture. The picture is Jesus.

One day in the midst of His teaching, Jesus confirmed that the entire OT was simply a portrait of Himself. He said, You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me, but you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” John 5;39-40. Jesus was referring to all of the OT. The NT had not yet been written.

Jesus awakened (shaqad: more on this later) their minds by telling them the key for understanding the Scriptures. That the OT writers wrote of His crucifixion and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. Here is how the two testaments are linked together. They tell one story. The OT prophecies tell what is going to happen. The NT informs us they have already happened.

And let them make Me a sanctuary, (a sacred place) that I may dwell (Tabernacle) among them. According to all that, I show you, that is, the pattern of the Tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so shall you make it. Exodus 25:8-9. God revealed in this way His redemption plan for his people, by revelation and by types, shadows, and the interconnectedness of the two testaments.

The Tabernacle is a picture in parts of Jesus as our savior, redeemer, the Lamb of God that gave His blood to purchase us out of the marketplace of sin. All glory, praise, and honor are His.

I am stopping here to present the rest of the story tomorrow in hope of all of us receiving the richness (nuggets) of the Word of God.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 01:55:54

    Very well stated, Manny.

    As Halley’s Handbook states: “Christ is the center and heart of the Bible.”

    It is as you have written: “Jesus is the picture.”

    Mr. Halley goes on to write;

    “The Old Testament is an account of a nation: Israel. The New Testament is an account of a man: Jesus, God’s Son.”

    …and then he links the two in a similar way as you have.

    “The nation was founded and nurtured by God to bring the Man into the world. In Jesus, God Himself became a man to provide the means for the redemption of mankind.”

    Thank you for sharing the light God has given you. He has given you a very unique way of viewing things.

    Oh, what a Master Painter He is!!!


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