Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us…

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.

The topic of the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting is a beautiful intimate picture with many parts that by His design should have spoken to Israel as a nation, through a Holy Priesthood lead by God. Instead, a religion was formed with rituals and sacrifices that were far short of what God wanted. We looking back would do well to take heed at what was missed.

Beginning in Exodus 25:1, through 31:18 God gives to us a visual picture of prophesy about a person who would redeem His creation. God as always gives first and gives abundantly from His heart to express His will and reveal Himself to His own.

I will introduce pieces and parts of this Tabernacle from the Bible in hope of encouraging a desire to dig into the rich vein of the living word of God. In Exodus 25:1-9 we have God’s expressed will for the Israelites to bring an offering which consisted of gold, silver, blue, purple, scarlet thread, fine linen and goats hair; you get the picture.

 For the sake of brevity: colors, red=blood, gold=deity, white=righteousness, blue=color of heaven, purple/scarlet= royalty/blood sacrifice.

Moses in his writing gives the details beginning with the Arc of the Covenant, then to the Table of showbread and next he describes the Gold Lampstand. Gold we know is symbolic of deity. In Exodus 25:31 we read in the NKJV  ” You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold; the lampstand shall be of hammered work. Its(see the aside his vs. it) shaft, its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and flowers shall be of one piece.”

His vs its

I have made many cursory readings of this one verse over many years until, one day the Lord had it to jump out at me. Who is this speaking of in this verse, beaten (see aside his vs.it) not hammered, so we would have the light of His countenance in us. Who is deity (symbolic gold) that was beaten for us?

In verse thirty-three the passage speaks about making three bowls like an almond (shaqed, awakening the first tree to blossom, which speaks of beautiful pink and white blossoms, which also speaks of a promise of new life). He who was beaten for us will enable us to awaken into His life.

Another awesome example of this almond budding is given in Numbers 17:1 -13. It is a very poignant picture, in that all the rods were dead, each representing a tree and its fruit. Aarons rod budded because the Lord gave that which was dead life. This is symbolic of the Resurrection of Jesus. In His physical life as a man. Jesus Christ fully man and fully God.

God shaqed Aarons staff revealing God’s authority given to him to lead. I hope that this ignites in your personal spirit and renews your digging.

Behold what manner of love… God has expressed not only His heart,but His unconditional love for us who were altogether unlovely.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roger Tharpe
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 16:27:42

    We serve a specific God that requires specific study. Digging into the word of God is riveting.

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    • Mannyr
      Jan 30, 2013 @ 16:37:44

      Yes, I totally agree. it is also meant to be intimate. Thanks for commenting.

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      • Roger Tharpe
        Jan 30, 2013 @ 16:45:57

        Intimacy with God is spending time with him in worship and secluded prayer. Intimacy with God is personal. Breaking down the word as a text is necessary, but intimacy is done alone. We can lead and show others the way to intimacy with God, but its cultivation is done privately. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly (Matthew 6:6).

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  2. Chris
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 04:48:35

    I have heard of this before, that the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting is a beautiful intimate picture, though it wasn’t expressed exactly that way. I have never studied it. I am looking forward to your following posts. There is no question that the Tabernacle was designed so carefully by God for a reason.

    God’s blessings my friend…

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    • Mannyr
      Jan 31, 2013 @ 14:54:13

      I don’t think I will do the Tabernacle as a teaching, but refer to parts from time to time as an encouragement. There are some excellent teachings on line.
      The attempt on my part in the three posts was to present the topic “Light” as speaking in both testaments of a person as an encouragement to dig a little. Thanks for your reply Chris.

      Reply

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