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Painting of The Holy Place in the Tabernacle

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THE HOLY PLACE

images/N9.gifNow we will make our entrance into the holy place and examine the door, the framework, the coverings, and the articles inside. When the priest entered the holy place he was entering the tabernacle structure. The tabernacle tent was the main feature in the complex. It was a rectangular structure measuring 30 cubits (45 feet) in length and 10 cubits (15 feet) in both height and breadth.

 

The Structure

The Holy Place where the priests set out the bread of the Presence was a room 20 cubits long by 10 cubits wide and 10 cubits in height (30 feet x 15 feet x 15 feet). Its sides were formed by the golden upright frames. The beautiful linen curtain with its pattern of cherubim could be viewed through the framework in the front and on the ceiling. There were four golden pillars at the entrance and in the back of the room was the holy veil behind it was the ark of the covenant. Inside the room every piece of holy furniture was golden. The golden lampstand on the left, the table of shewbread on the right, and the golden altar of incense in the back before the veil. (See The Door)

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An artist's sketch of the holy place.
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THE TABERNACLE OF ANCIENT ISRAEL

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"And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among (in) them" - Exodus 25:8

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The Tabernacle of Ancient Israel was a sanctuary which was given in a vision to Moses as a pattern and constructed by the children of Israel. God's promise was that He would dwell within the Holy of Holies above the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.

Why Study the Tabernacle?

A) 50 Chapters Mention The Tabernacle

Because at least 50 chapters (13-Ex, 18-Lev, 13-Num, 2-Deut, 4-Heb) in the Bible tell of the construction, the ritual, the priesthood, the carrying of the tabernacle, and the meaning of it all. Also many other places in Scripture speak in figurative language concerning the tabernacle. In many Bible studies this subject is overlooked and considered insignificant.

 

B) The Tearing of the Veil

God Himself thought so much of the importance of the type, as shown by the tearing of the veil:

Matt 27:50-51 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,

If we don't understand the meaning in Scripture of the holy of holies and the veil we miss out on extremely significant information concerning exactly what Christ's death meant to sinful mankind.

 

C) The Tabernacle is a Type of Christ:

Remember what the Word says, "all Scripture is given by inspiration (God-breathed) of God..." When we look at the Bible we must remember that it is completely God-breathed. When we look at each Word we must remember that every Word is specifically God-breathed. That was the view of Christ when it came to the Scriptures, that was the view of the apostles, and that must be our view. This is the very Word of God. It doesn't just contain the Word of God, or just point to religious experience, this is the Word of God.

Is it any wonder then that each and every detail and Word about the tabernacle has spiritual significance? As we look to the tabernacle structure itself and its unique pieces of redemptive furniture there is great symbolism and typology found in them. Remember, everything was a finger pointing to the Messiah. The tabernacle, as a type, designed specifically and in detail by God, would point to the character and aspects of the ministry of Christ. The more we become familiar with the tabernacle the more we become familiar with Christ and all that He means to us. What a great reason to become familiar with the Scriptures concerning the tabernacle.

Heb 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

Col 2:17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Jn 1:14 And the Word became 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.

D) It is a Representation of the True Tabernacle in Heaven:

The Lord wants us to be aware of His nature and character. Even the angels don't fully understand the nature and character of God but they learn from watching His dealings with His church (Eph 3). Things are really happening in the heavenly dimension and the Lord wants to reveal to us what took place in heaven after the resurrection of Christ. There is a real tabernacle in the heavenlies and Christ really appeared before the throne of heaven as the Lamb of God (Rev 5). There is no doubt that some of these things are a mystery but the more we draw close to God and His Word the more He draws close to us.

Heb 9:11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

 

E) The Presence Within the Holy of Holies Dwells Within the Believer in Jesus:

Jesus said I am the temple (Mishkan) of God. When the glory (Heb. Sh'chinah) would come down like a tornado or funnel right through the roof of the holy of holies and the Presence would manifest on the mercy seat between the cherubim after the blood was sprinkled, that was the mishkan. That Presence was what Jesus said dwelt within Him. And in fact Paul said about the church, "Know ye not that you are the temple (Mishkan) of God?" We, as the body of Christ, have the same Presence dwelling within us. God doesn't dwell in buildings now but within His people.

1 Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

 

F) Its teaching covers in type almost all of New Testament truth.

The study of the tabernacle is so rich in meaning to the Christian and so pregnant with Messianic significance that we can spend a lifetime in the study of it and only begin to understand the riches and the depth of truth that lies within the study of the tabernacle.

Rom 15:4 "Whatever things that were written before were written for our learning."

G) Studying the Tabernacle will absolutely strengthen our faith in the Bible.

Be assured that anyone who has delved into the wonderful details of the tabernacle will confess that the Bible is more than just a book. No man could have thought of this. The Bible is the Word of God.

"all Scripture is given by inspiration of God..."


 

 

The Tabernacle

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The Tabernacle | Glossary

Table of Contents
Introduction to the Tabernacle in the Old Testament
Overview of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament
The Holy Materials Used in the Tabernacle in the Old Testament
The Outer Court of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament
The Holy Place in the Tabernacle in the Old Testament
The Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle in the Old Testament
The Five Levitical Offerings
Brief History of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament
Blood Atonement in the Bible

The Tabernacle

Overview

Reasons to Study

The Holy Materials

Typology

Numbers and Scripture

The Four Colors

The Priestly Garments

The Outer Court

The Entrance Gate

The White Linen Fence

The Bronze Altar

The Bronze Laver

The Holy Place

The Door

The Curtains

The Boards

The Golden Table

The Golden Lampstand

The Golden Altar

The Holy of Holies

The Veil

The Cherubim

The Ark of the Covenant

The Mercy Seat

The Shekinah Glory

The Children of Israel

The Encampment of Israel

Reuben Simeon Judah Dan Naphtali Gad Asher Issachar Zebulun Ephraim Manasseh Benjamin

Marching Order

The 5 Levitical Offerings

The Priests

The Consecration of the Priests

The High Priest

The Priestly Garments

A Brief History

Moses and the Exodus

The Giving of the Law

Idolatry & Rebellion

The Law Given Again

The Day of Atonement

 

Bible Study

Blood Atonement

 

Devotional

The Purpose & Heart of the Law