The Tabernacle Part 1
CBBI Mini-Series by Richard Lodwick
Ex. 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
Here we have a most amazing verse. God wants to dwell among men. God, Who was sinned against in the garden (Gen. 3), will now make a sanctuary where He will dwell among men. There is so much in this. We want to see the details about how He was to be approached and how He shows Jesus Christ in this structure in a most amazing way. I first want you to read Ex. 25:1-9 & Gal. 3:24-25.
324 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
A tabernacle is simply a dwelling place… normally. This one, however, is above all others. This one is specified by God… and He will dwell in it, in the most Holy place, or holiest of all (Ex. 26:33-34 &Heb. 9:3-8). Peter wanted to build 3 tabernacles in Mt. 17:4 and Paul used the word to describe our earthly bodies (2Cor. 5:1-4). Peter used the term, as Paul did, in 2Pet. 1:14. David also used the term in Ps. 27:5 for a dwelling place for the sun. He also used it in Ps. 46:4, and that one is deeper in meaning than most realize, considering some verses we will see in Revelation later! (See also 61:4. In 78:51 we see it referring to the Egyptians as descendants of Ham. It was also a solemn feast for Israel commemorating their extraction from Egypt. But the one we are looking at is an amazing “shadow!”
Note the word “Sanctuary.” It means “sacred place; the temple, tabernacle (the special one), the temple of Jehovah. (Look at Heb. 9:1 again here! WOW!). In the N.T. (Heb. 9:2) it means “a place set apart for God; place of distinction; sacred; holy.
Hebrews 9:2 (KJB) For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
The original one is described in detail in Ex, 25 – 29, and mentioned all through the history of Israel. It was where God dwelt and met with them! It was where God set forth a way to approach Him through a sacrifice and the priests, AND via the High Priest, Arron, once a year. (O, how much Heb. 4:16 means as we look at it next to the O.T. tabernacle!)
Finally read Rev. 13:6, 15:5, & 21:3. Remember our last lesson on Altars where we saw an altar in Heaven? Remember the word “pattern” in Hebrews 9:23? Well, NOW look at Heb. 8:2. This speaks of Jesus Christ. A Minister of what was that it said? Where were the altars (brazen and incense) on earth? In the earthly tabernacle Did we not see an altar in Heaven (Is. 6 & Rev. passages)? My, O my. Confirmation again of the pattern we see on earth… being from that which was/is in Heaven! ALL of the earthly tabernacle was a pattern, not just the altars. And ALL of the earthly pointed, as a figure, to the Lord Jesus Christ!
Now, read Jn. 1:14. Focus on “dwelt?”
John 1:14 (KJB) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The Greek is Skenoo (skay-no’-o). It means “TABERNACLED;” have one’s tabernacle; abide in a tabernacle; to dwell. Lastly, see 1Cor. 6:19 & 2Cor. 6:16. From that O.T. tabernacle… to the Person of Jesus Christ…. to our body!! (Next, The Shekinah Glory)
1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJB) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
2 Corinthians 6:16 (KJB) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.