The Tabernacle–a place to connect with God!

Scripture reading for January 28th: Exodus 25-27

God gave Moses specific instructions as to how His tabernacle was to be constructed.  He told him numbers, lengths, weights and the type of materials for each part.  God left nothing to chance when it came to His first dwelling with His people on earth.  It was a mobile dwelling because God was moving with the Israelites and leading them as they journeyed. Four times in our reading today God re-emphasized the need to make everything after the pattern shown on the mountain.  (Exodus 25:9,40; 26:30; 27:9)  (He knew that men need clear instructions–they won’t ask!)

God’s dwelling place was a special representation of heavenly reality.  The ark was a chest of acacia wood about 4 feet long,   coated with pure gold.  Two gold cherubim were to be beaten out for each end.  God’s glory would reside between these cherubim.  The box was to have two rings on each side where poles of acacia wood would be used to transport it.  It was to be carried by priests who were consecrated for this job.  The tablets of Testimony, the ten commands, were to be placed inside of this box.  Later a jar of manna was placed there as well as Aaron’s rod that had budded and sprouted in God’s presence.  (Hebrews 9:1-5)

The ark of the Covenant reminds believers today of Jesus Christ, God dwelling with us.  John 1:14-15 tells us that Jesus came and “pitched his tent” (tabernacled) among us.  We beheld His glory!  Jesus kept the law of God, the tablets of Testimony.  He was the only man who has ever lived who fully obeyed the Law and was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15-16) He was the living bread (manna) come down from heaven, that if any man eat of this bread, he would never die!  (John 6:47-50)  He was the one chosen by God to have all authority in heaven and on earth! (Aaron’s rod!) (Matthew 28:18)  He was worshiped by angels at his birth, and now is in the presence of holy angels in heaven. (Revelation 4:12) This awesome object lesson opens our understanding of heavenly reality!   Thank God for this ancient object lesson!

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