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A little more Tabernacle

June 15, 2005


A few more thoughts on the tabernacle.
This tabernacle would serve as a type, or pattern, of that ultimate spiritual entity through which men would be able to know and please God. God gave Moses the “pattern” to be followed in this construction, requiring absolutely that he “make all things according to the pattern” (Exodus 25:9 ). When God wants to make a list He knows how.
The significance of the tabernacle for persons living in our times is that, “These are the copy and shadow of the heavenly things” (Hebrews 8:5 ). As touched on in the previous post.
“They were a figure for the time then present” (Hebrews 9:9 ), and “copies of the things in heaven” (Hebrews 9:23 ).
God chose to first focus on what we might call the furniture. This may seem odd, it is not the way we normally think of things. He gave instructions on the Ark (Exodus 25:10-16 ), the Mercy-Seat (Exodus 25:17-21 ), the Table of Showbread (Exodus 25:22-30 ), and the Candlestick (Exodus 25:31-40 ),
In verse 8 of Exodus 25, God said “let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”
It was a place for rallying, where God’s word was proclaimed
It was a physical reminder of God’s presence
It was figurative both to them and to us today
Exodus 20:24 says that it was a place where God recorded his name, a place to meet and bless. (must be like the craft shed at camp where we meet each year, it has lots of names written on it)

The tabernacle was more or less a moble temple. The temple description will be next. But hopefully you see how symbolic these were.

Could it be that in a tradition that stresses that it is just a building; where windows are more often than not seen as bad things; we start to see rejection of buildings as a whole because in or Modern/Scientific thinking we have removed their strength. The buildings are only to function; they have no meaning or symbolism and add nothing to the experience. What do you think?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2005 4:52 pm

    I like this. It gives me the most encouragement I have had to get behind the building project…I really want to get fully behind it! I have been finacially supportive, but my heart is clouded on whether it is the right thing or not.

    I will be awaiting the temple….

  2. June 15, 2005 8:08 pm

    I dunno … sounds like an architect speaking.

    (Somehow, I think Fay Jones had the right idea with Thorncrown Chapel – it’s all windows!

  3. June 15, 2005 8:38 pm

    Oooh Keith, I like the windows…

  4. June 16, 2005 3:12 pm

    Thorncrown is a great example of a sense of place. It is married to that site and has a distinct “feel” when you are in it. I can still remember the first time I was there probably close to 30 years ago.

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