The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness.

This entire message is meant to be an introduction into the Tabernacle.

“And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:8.”

We are about to enter into a beautiful teaching that covers so many topics that are filled with intimate knowledge of the heart and intent of God. A lot of  Christians forgo studying the Tabernacle. For one thing many start off with a desire to learn and soon find many parts of Old Testament run together. It would seem like trying to put together a stamp book. If you’ve never done that, you know how dry your mouth is after licking all those stamps.

The Holy Spirit loves to teach us about the person of Jesus Christ who He unfolds for us in Scripture. The Children of Israel were not very well informed about the God of Abraham due to the verbal teachings of the elders of each tribe. They had no Scriptures. They had to be shown the ways of God by visuals. God began with basics just like we experience today in starting off hearing the good news of  the  gospel and by the presence and leading of the person of the Holy Spirit we grow and learn. The children of Israel are a lot like us; we all start off with a slave mentality. We do not know the ways of our Lord and must be taught His ways.

We will be taught just like Israel by types and shadows. Everything we will be taught is centered in one person The Son of God Jesus Christ. The entire teaching on the Tabernacle is about Jesus in a visual form.

Our text speaks forth one such example. God expresses His desire for His chosen people to make a place for Him to dwell in. The Hebrew word for dwell ( shachan) has a few meaning such as: To dwell, abide, remain, stay, settle down, tabernacle.

Mishkan “tabernacle” “God’s place of dwelling,” is derived from shakan.

 Many things have already taken place in God’s plans for The Children of Israel it is not my intent to go back to touch on them but bring this teaching which occurred in the midst of Israel’s wanderings.

We will be taught just like Israel by types and shadows. The tabernacle is a perfect type and figure of the Lord Jesus Christ. Read  Hebrews 9:8-9.

Everything we will be taught is centered in one person, The Son of God Jesus Christ. The entire teaching on the Tabernacle is about Jesus and our need of redemption.

Offerings for the Sanctuary. Ex.25:1-9. Explain. God said to Moses “according to all I show you, that is the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.” The tabernacle was a tent or dwelling place that was sacred, dedicated to God for His presence. This is why God gave to the Israelites the pattern or precise plans for its construction and furnishings.

Every furnishing speaks of a person Our Lord Jesus Christ. This chapter is the disclosure of the furnishings and is said without a lot of explanation. To established Christians the disclosures are very encouraging.

While we are jumping into some descriptions I love to stop and smell the roses so to speak to expound on some points that are unfolded for us that drive members of cults crazy. The two Cherubim are powerful guardian angels they are also associated with the worship of God almighty. When Cultists tell you, they do not believe Jesus is God ask them why there were two angels guarding Jesus’ body one at the head and one at the feet. Just like in the tabernacle.

The Ark of the Testimony. Exodus 25:10-22  read   Beginning in verse 10  we are told of the Lord’s explicit instructions such as starting with the most sacred piece of furnishing. The Ark of the Testimony. Read verse 10 herein we begin to see the unfolding of the furnishings as well as the  types and shadows. I have in the past made charts to help lay out the  various ingredients of the  furnishings, but  I am going to ask you to read these chapters I cover for yourselves, so you may be thoroughly informed . Start at Exodus chapter 25 and read through to chapter 32.

The name acacia wood is very interesting in that this type of wood is only found in the dry desert setting and is very resistant to bugs and termites. It is a beautiful wood easily worked and adaptable to harsh settings. It also lends itself to the element of Gold which speaks of covering the wood. Two types of our Lord are shown here. He grew up in a hostile environment yet was untouched by its arid dryness. The element Gold is a symbol of deity as Gold is the most pure of elements. Here we have the unmistakable introduction of the two natures of our Lord Jesus. He is all man and He is all God.

Exodus 25:17-22 read  . Verse 17 describes the making of the Mercy Seat. “The Arc symbolizes the Place where God sits. The Arc symbolizes God justice toward sinning Israel. On top of the Arc was the Mercy Seat, which permitted God to extend mercy to the Israelites as they came by His prescribed way. That being sacrifices offered by priests and the High Priest on the day of atonement.

Romans 3:23-26 says,” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God has set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate Hid righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, To demonstrate at the  present time His righteousness, that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

The word “propitiation” in original Greek means “Mercy Seat.” In this verse Rm 3:25 and Hebrews 9:5 the root meaning of Hilasterion is that of appeasing and placating an offended god. Applied to the sacrifice of Christ in that regard, the word suggests that Christ’s death was propitiatory (an atoning sacrifice) averting the wrath of God from the sinner.

Sending Christ to die for our sins was God’s solution to the problem of how He could remain just (punish all sin) and still justify us (declare us perfectly righteous in His sight).

The Table for the showbread. Exodus 25:23- 30. read   Here is where we see God’s plan in Romans 8:28 read Here lies an example of the intimate desire of God in His plan of redemption. The word “Purpose”

is in the Greek Prothesis which means” A setting forth.” God’s purpose is set forth for us by Jesus as our bread of life and His redemption of us. Here again twelve loaves speaks of provision for Israel.

The table of showbread served as a symbol of God as the provider of food. Showbread was a type of Christ the  bread of life. Read John 6:51-58. Jesus claims to be the “real thing.” Who has now come to put away the Old Covenant and replace it with the New Covenant in His blood. In John 6:63, he says”… the words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

The Golden Lampstand. Exodus 25:31, 32,37. read  • The lampstand was a symbol of a person. The personal pronoun is applied to it. God says that out of pure gold shall be made the lampstand, and His shaft and branches. The personal pronoun is applied to this lamp. The person it represents of course is none other than Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself said: “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).

The Lampstand stood on the south side of the Holy Place opposite the table of showbread with the alter of incense between. The lampstand was indispensable in the service of the priests. There was not to be any natural light in the Holy Place. The oil in the light, representing the Holy Spirit was the only light by which the priest was to serve in the tabernacle.

The light of the lampstand points both to the Lord Jesus Christ, and also the written Word of God, the two being inseparable. David said, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Ps.119:105).

The Oil We notice next the lampstand was fed by the oil of the sanctuary, specially ordered and prepared by God. Read  EX.27:20. Oil was also used anointing the priests. The Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and the  anointed one. Isaiah says, read Isa. 61:1.

The Lampstand and the Holy Spirit  Ex.25:31. read    Although the pure Gold represents Jesus Christ in all of His deity, the seven stems remind us of the sevenfold Spirit of God with which Christ, even on earth, was endowed. Isaiah prophesied concerning the coming of Christ and the seven- fold Spirit. The symbolism of the  seven-stemmed lampstand becomes clear when we read Isaiah 11:1,2.

So, while the seven-stemmed lampstand represents Christ to the believers as His light in a dark place, it also represents the sevenfold Spirit of God, we must also remember that it impossible to entirely separate the two. Romans 8:9 speaks of the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of God” and “the Spirit of Christ.”

It is very interesting to compare the seven-stems of the Golden Lampstand to what is said in lsaiah ll:2 “And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the lord, the seventh is the main stem who is Jesus.

The Golden lampstand was made of solid Gold weighing 90 pounds. Please note: The Mercy Seat over the Ark was of beaten gold as well as the Lampstand. The original King James version uses the term, made of “Beaten Gold” which means our Lord Jesus who represented in symbol by Gold as a symbol of deity beaten for us. God spoke of Jesus as being beaten gold for our sins.

Footnote: Over the years i have taught this topic. Like many others i would start from the Outer Court and proceed from East to West in presenting the various compartments and furnishings. Recently i woke up to the fact that the entire teaching from God’s Word begins in Exodus 25:10. Our Lord begins from the Holy of Holies and the Arc of the Covenant works His way out to the entrance of the Tabernacle proper. That is His way of working from deep within us in our tabernacle which is in us. It is not the way of man, we begin from outside to inside. Thank You for reading –comment if you want.



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