The Tabernacle Week 1 Class Notes
It is well to remember the proverb, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a maAer: (Prov. 25:2). With respect to the Tabernacle as revealed by God to Israel it is no diﬀerent. In the structure, furniture, and material of the Tabernacle, it has pleased God in His glory to conceal and veil eternal truths. Much of the Word of God in the OT and NT become meaningless without a general knowledge, understanding and interpretaMon of that which pertains to the Tabernacle. The whole Bible is built on the service, ordinances and ceremonies connected with this structure. There is no need for ignorance concerning the spiritual realiMes hidden in the eternal truths revealed in the Tabernacle. Under the Mosaic Covenant God revealed truth to His people, the Children of Israel in ﬁve areas: 1. The Law (moral, civil and ceremonial) 2. The Priesthood (both Aaronic and LeviMcal) 3. Five Oﬀerings (sacriﬁcial ceremonies) 4. Chief Feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles) 5. Tabernacle of the Lord (parMcular service) The Tabernacle was built by the wisdom of God through Moses. The temple was later built by the wisdom of God through Solomon (I Kings 3:12‐13). Likewise the New Testament Church will only be built by the wisdom of God (Prov. 1:1‐6; 9:1; I Cor. 3:9‐11, Eph 1:14‐18). It is important to note that Moses followed the wisdom of God alone for the building of God’s Sanctuary (Acts 7:22). The Tabernacle was built by the enabling and equipping of the Holy Spirit upon men, as is the New Testament Church. We are now living in the age of the DispensaMon of the Spirit. More than ever it is important for the people of God to be involved and totally available to the ministraMons of the Holy Spirit of God. In the building of the Tabernacle, Moses was instructed to follow a divine paAern. “See, saith He, that thou make all things according to the paAern showed to thee in the mount”. (Heb 8:5, Ex. 25:40; 26:30; 27:8; Num. 8:4 and Acts 7:44). Exodus 39‐40 reveals that 17 Mmes we are told that Moses built the Tabernacle “as the Lord commanded Moses”. Nothing was lee to the mind or imaginaMon of men. Everything was to be made according to God’s paAern. God can only bless and seal with glory that which is done according to the standard of His Word. The NT church will also have to measure up to the paAern of God. Moses is a beauMful example of a man sold out to the will and Word of God. Moses gave complete and full obedience to the instrucMons and revelaMon of the sanctuary. He fulﬁlled God’s Word to him to the leAer. The Bible states: a. Moses did “as the Lord commanded”. b. “Moses ﬁnished the work” (Ex. 39:32, 42, 43; 40:33) c. “The Cloud of Glory ﬁlled the Tabernacle” (Ex 40:34‐38) GOD CAN ONLY BLESS AND PLACE HIS SHEKINAH GLORY UPON THAT WHICH IS ACCORDING TO HIS WORD AND DIVINE PATTERN (Col. 4:17; Zech. 4:9; John 17:1‐6, 19:30). The church will in the same way measure up to the Divine standard and become a ﬁnished work! If these were the requirements in the temporary dwelling of God, how much more are they requirements in the building of the New Testament Church which is in the eternal purpose of God?
The Tabernacle and its furnishings will be viewed in the following manner: 1. TYPICALLY of the Lord Jesus Christ: The ﬁrst and primary applicaMon of all that pertains to the Tabernacle of Moses is found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Word made ﬂesh which “dwelt (tabernacle) among us” (John 1:14). Jesus declares in the volume of the Book it is wriAen of me (Heb 10:7). He said He (Moses) wrote of me (John 5:46). The Law, Psalms, and the Prophets all foretold of the Lord Jesus Christ in his redempMve ministry (Luke 24:44). Ezek 11:16; Isaiah 8:14 declare “I will be to them a liAle sanctuary”. 2. PROPHETICALLY of the Church, local and universal: The second applicaMon is to the Church, which is the Body of Christ. That which is fulﬁlled in the head must now be fulﬁlled in His body, which is the fullness and completeness of Him which ﬁlleth all in all (Eph 1:22‐23). The New Testament Church is now God’s dwelling place: His HabitaMon. Thus the tabernacle and its furnishings are a shadow of that which ﬁnds fulﬁllment in the Church (Heb. 8:5). “That Christ might dwell (tabernacle) in your hearts” (Eph 3:16, 17; Col. 1:19; 2:9; 1:27). 3. DISPENSATIONALLY of the ages of Ime: ApplicaMon to the measurements found in the structure of the Tabernacle and in the Outer Court become typical and propheMcal of the DispensaMon of the Law Covenant and the New Covenant Mmes, consummaMng in the eternal ages to come. 4. HEAVENLY, of the True Heavenly Sanctuary: The Tabernacle was simply a shadow outline and silhoueAe on earth of the TRUE and Heavenly Sanctuary. There is a sanctuary in heaven. There is a real and true spiritual sanctuary. The scriptures are clear regarding this maAer as in Heb. 9:21‐24, Rev. 15:5; Jer. 17:12; Heb. 8:1‐4). All ministraMons of Aaron in the Holy Places of the Earthly Sanctuary were the shadow of the reality of the ministraMons of Jesus Christ, in the heavenly sanctuary. The three places in the temporal tabernacle point to the three heavens in the eternal tabernacle. 5. PRACTICALLY and EXPERIENTIALLY: The purpose of the tabernacle is to teach the applicaMon of it to the heart and life of the believer, individually and collecMvely. Truth must become pracMcal and experienMal, or else it remains nothing but the LeAer of the Law. It is theory without life, aAempMng to preach doctrine without experience.