30 Aug 2019 Exodus (Program #82)

Exodus (Program #82) – The Vision of the Tabernacle and Its Furniture and Concerning the Materials and the Pattern (2)

The Old Testament book of Exodus records the Exodus or exit of God’s people out of the bondage and slavery of Egypt. This is a marvelous type of our own salvation from the tyranny of sin and the world. Yet the actual Exodus occupies less than half of the chapter in the book of Exodus. So what is the focus of the rest of the book?
Stay with us today, we will discover far more than just our salvation from our sins and the world.

God’s revelation to Moses concerning the building of the tabernacle. This may be a fairly unfamiliar topic to many people. A brief word just what the tabernacle was in the Old Testament.

Actually was the goal of Exodus. This tabernacle was a material building, build out of specially designated materials that God reveal to Moses what to use and how to use it and detail. When you get the picture of the tabernacle as a whole. There is an outer court with a wall around it, not a board wall, nor a stone wall but a cloth wall goes all around the outer court. And at the entrance, that is from the wilderness where the Israelite lived coming into the tabernacle there is an entrance there with a curtain. When you come into the entrance right inside there is an altar on which the sacrifices were actually killed and offered there. Then when you go from that altar toward the door of the tabernacle proper still in the court right outside of the tabernacle proper is a laver, that is a big bowl of water. That laver was what the priest wash in before they went into the tabernacle to do their service. Then when you go into the first part of the tabernacle on the right there is a table and it has 12 loaves of bread on it. That is significant too as we will see. But you turn left there just the opposite side, there is a lamp stand with 7 lamps on it. Then when you turn back to the center and go straight ahead from the door you come to another entrance, but just before the entrance there is another altar, a golden altar, on which certain offerings were made there also. Then just inside of the veil that was covering that part of the tabernacle from the inner most part, as you come in to that inner most part there is an ark, not Noah’s ark but an ark that was made in specific way out a certain special kind of wood, acacia wood and overlay with gold. And it has over it an covering and on the covering there are two cherubims, angel like creatures facing each other. This is also very significant, but to get the picture of what is here is very helpful for our future. In that ark there are certain elements that we will discover later on. But this give you kind of a picture what the tabernacle was like there in the wilderness. A very peculiar kind of tabernacle with certain coverings over the whole thing. And the outer most covering was a skin of some kind of sea animal and was rough to protected from all the outward things and was not very attractive but the inward parts was full of attraction. There was embroidery work on that curtains between the two parts and there was gold all over the place on the inside. So just really a glorious picture inside but the outside it does not look all that attractive.

How about the tabernacle is it related ultimately to the temple of God?  Eventually the tabernacle was kind of portable building. And there were multitude of times when there took that down and took it to another place according to the travel. As you know there travel for 40 years in that wilderness, with that tabernacle. And so there was the taking it down, putting it up, taking it down, putting it up and there were detail instructions of how all that should be handled as they went from place to place. But eventually the goal was a permanent place. That will be God’s dwelling place on earth and that was called the temple. And the temple eventually replaced the tabernacle and the ark was then put in the temple. And this temple also has these kinds of divisions. The outer court, the holy place, and then the holiest of all which was the inner most part of the temple.

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