Introduction to Tabernacle
From Genesis to Revelation, God expresses his desire to dwell in the midst of of his people ( Gen 3:8, 9; Ex 25:8; Rev 21:3). "Behold the tabernacle of God is with men and he will dwell with them". God always desired to fellowship with his redeemed people. God created man to fellowship with him and to represent him. The Tabernacle was God’s dwelling place among Israel. It was important to their national life. It was the place where God would meet with his people (Ex 29:42-43). The tabernacle was the place of worship. God's glory was manifested in the tabernacle (Ex 40:35). The tabernacle prefigures Christ (John 1:14). God himself is the architect of tabernacle. Noah built the ark according to God's instruction. In the church all things are to be done according to God's Word (1 Tim 3:15). God had shown Moses the design of it when he was with Him on Mount Sinai (Ex 24:18). God provided all the materials needed for the building of the tabernacle (Ex 12:35-36; 25:3-7). In the church believers bring their free will offering for the use of the glory of God (2 Cor 9:7-8). God used "Types or graphics" in the Old Testament to teach spiritual truth to his people. They are preview of good things to come (Heb 10:1). The tabernacle is the most instructive type in the Old Testament. A picture worth a thousand words. Someone has said “The new is in the old contained and the old in the new revealed". Many Christians consider the study of the tabernacle difficult, fanciful and uninteresting. Thus they miss out the wealth of the spiritual blessings. God wants his people just not satisfied with their salvation but to grow in fellowship with him and serve him (Rom 12:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-10).
Why the study of Tabernacle is Important?
All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for christian life (2 Tim 3:16, 17; Romans 15:4). So the study of tabernacle is important as well. It is included in the inspired Word of God. When God took only two chapters to explain creation account, there are almost fifteen chapters given for the study of Tabernacle. Jesus himself used types frequently in his preaching and teaching because they speak of him (Luke 24:27). It is noteworthy that the New Testament writers frequently quoted types in their writings (John 1:29; 1 Cor 5:7; Heb 10:27). Many scholars suggest that it is difficult to understand many New Testament doctrines without the understanding of types including the tabernacle.The tabernacle is the most complete and instructive type of Jesus Christ, the church and the believers (John 1:14; Heb 10:27). I have been studying this subject for many years and it was my privilege to teach this subject in many places. So I would like to share these blessings and insights I have received from my study with my readers. I have received help in my study from the writing of many servants of God. Someone has said "We are all standing on other's shoulder". The tabernacle is the type of Christ (John 1:14). For in Christ dwells all the fullness of Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). Also tabernacle is a picture of Church (1 Tim 3:15). Also it is a picture of believers in whom the Holy Spirit dwells
(1 Cor 6:19,20). It was not man's idea to build the tabernacle. God wanted his people to be involved in the building of the tabernacle. God used artists and craftsmen to build the tabernacle according to the blue print shown to Moses (Ex 25:9). He did not send angels to build the tabernacle but his people. Jesus said "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matt 16:18). The believers are God's fellow workers (1 Cor 3:9). The church is blessed with gifted leaders to lead and guide the believers (Ephesians 4:11-14). They should be obeyed and esteemed among the believers (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest that He will send out laborers into His harvest" (Matt 9:37, 38). Each item in the tabernacle shows the wisdom and greatness of God. They are filled with spiritual meanings. We will discover these meanings as we prayerfully study the subject of tabernacle.
What is Typology?
Type is something or someone foreshadowing something in the future in the Bible. They are object lesson designed by God to teach spiritual truths in the scriptures (1 Cor 10: 6, Heb 10:20). A picture or graphic worth a thousand words.
Names of Tabernacle:
With Whom God Wants to Dwell:
Materials Used to build: Gold, Silver, Brass, Fabrics, Wood, Jewels, Olive Oil, Sweet Spices and Cords.
Who gave the Materials?
Why these instructions are given?
Who are the builders?
When Tabernacle was set up: