Exodus 25:8-9 – And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. 25:40 – And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. Exodus 26:30 – And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.
The tabernacle was made with human hands, but was devised by the Lord himself. He gave Moses the blueprints on Mount Sinai down to every last detail, and expected him to carry them out to the letter. God also chose the chief artists who would be the main supervisors and gave them the abilities that they needed to get the jobs done. It was far more beautiful and costly than most people believe of something that was built and carried around for many years in the wilderness.
The foundation of this structure was formed of solid silver and the beams constructing its sides were gilded with gold; its pillars were graceful and adorned with capitals, and even these and their connecting rods were overlaid with silver. The goat-hair curtains, whether black of Angora white, were draped with the most brilliant and gorgeous tapestry, into which figures of cherubim were beautifully interwoven. There was certainly no roughness, coarseness, or ugliness either within or without. It was certainly worthy of its Divine Architect.
The Jews evidently saw the divineness in it also, because they gave two hundred and fifty thousands pounds of sterling in gifts for its construction. Nearly three hundred verses in Exodus are devoted to an account of the tabernacle and its furnishings.
The tabernacle, its priests, its rites, and its sacrifices have all passed away, but the description and history of them remain, and form part of those sacred writings which testify of God and all his marvelous works.
Many of the most important words and phrases of the New Testament have arisen from, or are illustrated by, the tabernacle and its rites and services. The following are some examples of words: VEIL, MERCY SEAT, WASHED, CLEANSED, PURGED, RECONCILED, SACRIFICE, GAVE HIMSELF FOR US, SACRIFICE, ATONEMENT, OFFERING.
Exodus is one of the most picturesque books in the Bible. It contains more word pictures than any other. A really earnest study of the tabernacle can greatly increase our knowledge of the truths of redemption and come to a greater understanding of God’s ways.
In later teachings we will go into the construction of the tabernacle and get a better glimpse of the wonderful things that God had planned for His people if they would just only serve him and put him first in their lives.
My studies in the Old Testament have let me know even more how much God loves us and wants to give us His very best. He’s not just waiting to ZAP us when we do wrong. He wants to show us his glory and give us wonderful things that can only come from Him.