Introduction part 2
"And there I will meet
with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat,
from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of
all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of
Israel." Exodus 25:22
"It was therefore necessary
that the patterns of things in the heavens should be
purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with heifer
sacrifices than thest For Christ is not entered into the holy places made
with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into
heaven itself now to appear in the presence of God for us:"
I). The Tabernacle was Godís restoration of fellowship with man.
A). From the beginning of time God has sought communion with His creation.
1). God dwelt with Adam in the Garden of Eden.
Gen. 2:15; 3:8
B). Since Adam sinned God has made provision to redeem us from our sin.
"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Heb 9:22
3). The Tabernacle was a place where man could
bring his blood sacrifice for his sins and then he could commune with
II). The Tabernacle is symbolic of the Saviour, of man and their fellowship with God.
A). The Scriptures declare that the Tabernacle is symbolic.
1). It is described as a "shadow" a "figure for the time then present", "patterns of things in the heavens" and "figures of the true". (Hebrews 8:5; 9:9,23-24; 10:1)
2). Jesus Christ is the true High Priest who has atoned for sins in the "true and perfect tabernacle" that we might have "eternal redemption". (Heb 8:1-5; 9:11-12)
B). These symbolisms are no coincidence and are Divinely ordered.
1) God told Moses to build the Tabernacle according to His instruction.
"And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount." Exodus 25:40
2). God ordained certain men with His wisdom to build the Tabernacle.
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;" Ex. 31:1-2,6
*Bezaleel means: "in the shadow of God"
3). God provided the specific materials to build the tabernacle. (Ex 12:37; 36:6-7).
C). God intended for man to learn from this portion of Scripture.
1). There are some 50 chapters in the Bible dealing with the tabernacle, whereas there are only 2 chapters dealing with the entire creation of the world.
2). "There is no portion of Scripture richer in meaning, or more perfect in itís teaching of the plan of redemption, than this divinely designed building" Dr. M.R. DeHaan
D). The 3 Sections of the Tabernacle Correlate to the 3 parts of God and Man
1). The Outer court- the Body- Jesus Christ This is the outer visible part of manís personality. In the tabernacle it was a place of sacrifice and cleansing. Jesus was God incarnate and sacrificed for sin. (Romans 12:1-2, 1 John 1:7,9)
2). The Holy Place- the soul-God the Father. This is the aspect of man that desires to worship and enjoys fellowship with spiritual things. It is holy as God is, (Ps42:1-663:1; Lev 11:45, 19:2,20:7)
3). The Holy of Holies- Manís spirit- the Holy
Spirit This is the place where man meets God at the mercy seat for
forgiveness and strength (John 4:23-24; 1 Cor 2:11-16)
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.