The Purpose of the Tabernacle

Exodus 25:8-9.. Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it. 

The tabernacle or sanctuary constructed for God was the means through which God had chosen to dwell among His people. He went to great lengths to lay out the painstakingly specific details for the tabernacle. They were to construct it exactly as God told Moses.

This entire narrative points us forward to Jesus Christ, who became a tabernacle among us A. Not only is Jesus the greater tabernacle, He is also greater than Moses. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. B


Elements of symbolism are as follows:

(1) The altar of burnt offering or brazen altar symbolized the need for something to be done about our human sin problem.

(2) The bronze basin or laver for washing represented our need to be clean before God.

(3) The table with the bread of the Presence (showbread) symbolized that God is always present with His people.

(4) The lampstand signified that the way to God is always lighted.

(5) The altar of incense represented prayer.

(6) The Ark of the Covenant with its mercy seat symbolized God’s presence.

As believers today, we are blessed to live after Christ’s coming to earth and dying on the cross for us. The apostle John said to disciples that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” A. Living also after the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost, we as Christ’s followers are blessed to enjoy the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit C. We are referred to as temples because Christ’s Spirit lives in us.

 May I realize every minute of my life that I am in the presence of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and to live to please Him!

Notes: A- John 1:14 ; B- 1 Timothy 2:5 ; C- 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20 ;


Henry Luke 10/19/2017

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