Following the events of Sinai, God will dwell in their presence. The Tabernacle blueprint is given to build a sanctuary, a Holy place, set apart, for the Lord to dwell among them. Tabernacle means “dwelling place”. It is exquisitely constructed, remarkably extravagant, and representative of the beauty and perfection of the Lord as He comes to dwell in the people’s midst. The entrance to the dwelling begins with an altar of sacrifice. I know that every detail of this blueprint is a foreshadow of Christ to come, but 2 details (well more than 2 but this post can’t be longer than the actual Bible) is the scarlet thread that hold it all together and the acacia wood.
We began talking about the scarlet thread in Genesis 38 when Tamar gave birth to twins.
The acacia wood. This wood is strong and beautiful. It is light weight to assist in the mobility of this tabernacle to be with his people wherever they go. It is waterproof so this was the SAME wood that was used to make the God’s Ark that Noah was placed (the Gopher wood family) that was used to save lives. Follow me here…It is also indigenous to the area that Abraham was given a substitute when he was with Isaac on the mountain (near Calvary)
“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.”
So what did this wood, that was used to save lives look like? What did this thicket that was wrapped around the head of the ram that would be the substitute death look like? What will the “dwelling place” of the Lord that gives us community with Him look like? What does acacia look like? Glad you asked.
Are you kidding me!!!
I’m sorry, I am not focused today, a little off the rails with excitement from the read today. Let me get back to the chapters.
During the Exodus, when His people left Egypt, the Egyptians voluntarily loaded them up with metals, fabric, gold, silver, oils, spices etc. Didn’t these seem odd to anyone that they were fleeing yet carrying such items….I would have grabbed my purse and some food! God always has a plan even when things don’t make sense.
Crystal said she likes visuals so let’s do this post for her today.
Here is some idea of what it might have looked like. But note that Jesus is in the details. Every color, every gold loop, even the layout of the entrance facing East.
Fun Fact-I watched Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and had NO IDEA this was what they were looking for.
The Ark, made of acacia wood, will be the sole object in the Most Holy Place. The Most Holy Place is behind a large thick curtain. Inside the Ark, the tablets from Sinai will be placed (with manna and Aaron’s rod, we will talk about that later) The Ark symbolizes the footstool of God’s throne and His Sovereignty. The cover symbolizes “atonement” (we talked about this all the way back in Genesis 3…seems like ages ago!) The Ark was only approached once a year, on the Day of Atonement. Well at least until that curtain was torn vertically so that everyone can approach the Lord daily, freely, personally….I wonder when that will happen? Insert winky face!
The Table and the Lampstand
The table for the bread of the Presence and the lampstand are in the Holy Place. Twelve loaves of bread are set out before the Lord on behalf of the 12 tribes also representing the manna we discussed earlier. The lampstand (7) will be kept burning continually. The pure radiant light of God’s presence driving away darkness. We can connect this to the New Testament scriptures if we sit here all day!
The Tabernacle is built portable to go with them everywhere they go. It is protected from outside elements by an extra layer of goat skin. Each detail represents a characteristic of our Holy God. Inside the Tabernacle priests would enter the Holy Place and care for the space but only the High Priest would enter the Most Holy Place once a year (mentioned earlier)
The Altar of sacrifice, made of acacia wood, is placed in the courtyard.
When a person entered the gate (facing East), the first thing they would see was the Brazen Altar. On the Altar a substitute was offered as a sacrifice for their sins. We have been reading long enough together that you don’t need any help with this awesomeness! But why did I mention East?? What tribe will be placed at the East gate? C’mon….what tribe was given the birth line of the Messiah?
As much as I could sit here and talk about every detail, I encourage you to dig deep today. Have a great day.