Yesterday’s post began the sub-series on the Tabernacle. If you missed it, click this link to get caught up to date – “PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 1”. It was actually the introduction to this sub-series. In this post I will begin to look at each part or element of the Tabernacle. Before we begin I want to include something that I should have included in the introduction post yesterday. The study materials that I am using are mostly from the website I mentioned yesterday “Jesus plus nothing” and the article that I quoted from was “Jesus in the Tabernacle Bible Study”. Here is a part of that article that should have been in yesterday’s post. The quote is from the author of that article I Gordon.
“Finally, as part of this overview, it is worth looking a bit closer at the three different areas within the tabernacle. These areas and the objects within each will be the focus of the coming studies but for now I want to draw your attention to what these areas represent.
The three areas and meanings of the tabernacle are as follows:
|Area||Dispensation or Age||Area/Volume||Jesus As||Aspect of Salvation|
|The Outer Court||Mosaic Law||1500 cubits (years)||Way||Justification|
|The Holy Place||Grace (Church age)||2000 cubits (years)||Truth||Sanctification|
|The Holy of Holies||Messianic Kingdom||1000 cubits (years)||Life||Glorification|
Each of these areas represents an ‘age’ or ‘dispensation’ of God’s dealings with mankind. This is evident in the objects constructed and the materials used.”
As I was reading another particular website, I came across a question that stated:
“Why Study the Tabernacle?”
The quote below that question is this…
“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.”
Then the last answer to that question is one I could not leave out. Here it is:
“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…”
Those particular quotes are from BibleHistory.com/tabernacle.
Those are just two of the reasons I want to learn more about the Tabernacle, but it first began as just a desire I had. Then, when my Journey Through Exodus brought me face to face with the Tabernacle in the scripture, I tried to go around it and stick to the events with the Israelites. I just couldn’t get past the very familiar voice in my heart that kept bringing up the Tabernacle. I kept wondering how I was going to “work around” it and not post about it, but when I heard that still, small voice in my heart and spirit, I knew… I KNEW … I had to write about it also. It is a very important part of this Journey Through Exodus and the Israelites history. This is how God was able to “dwell” with His chosen people. This is where God’s Presence was – in the Tabernacle. So how could I “skip” over it?! I couldn’t. I had to listen to the Holy Spirit and write about it. So that brings us up to date and now I believe I can begin this post about The Gate.
As some of you probably already know the Gate is a representation of Christ. There was only one entrance into the Tabernacle area (the Outer Court) and there is only One Way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said …
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
Side note: If any of you read my “Good Shepherd” series, you may remember the part where I talked about how a shepherd brings the sheep into an enclosure at the end of the day and there is only one doorway into the enclosure. After all the sheep were in and settled down for the night, the shepherd would lay across the opening of the enclosure so as to protect the flock from anything that might try to get to them. This is a beautiful picture of Jesus being the Good Shepherd that lays across the doorway and protects His own.
There is no other way to God except through Jesus and the saving, precious blood that He shed at Calvary. If we have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior we need not fear the judgment of God, that we so rightly deserve, because the blood that Jesus shed at the cross was shed for our sins. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. We do not have to pay. So there is only one Gate into the Tabernacle area and only One Way to God and that is Jesus Christ.
Now once you get up to the Gate of the Tabernacle area, you will notice the beautiful colors that make up the Gate Curtains or Screen. Here is the scripture.
16 “For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver. It shall have four pillars and four sockets. 17 All the pillars around the court shall have bands of silver; their hooks shall be of silver and their sockets of bronze.
Now in that website I mentioned – BibleHistory.com – it had a lot of information about the various colors found in The Gate. Here is what they had to say about the colors that God told Moses to use in creating The Gate.
Woven into or embroidered on the linen were blue, purple, and scarlet threads. The Hebrew word for blue means shellfish. A brilliant dye was excreted from this mollusk. This bright color is always mentioned first. Man needed something something to suggest the idea of heaven as a place from which God reveals Himself more fully than on earth. Therefore the color blue represents heaven, the color of the sky. We see the loveliness of the blue in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ who was not only heavenly in His origin but in His very nature and ways.
Jn 3:31 “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. (yes I realize that there is a duplicate word in this quoted paragraph, but I cannot change a quote.)
Judg 8:26 ornaments, pendants, and purple robes which were on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were around their camels’ necks.
The color purple typifies Jesus as King of king’s and Lord of lord’s, but there is another important truth. The mixing of blue and scarlet. Blue speaks of someone who is heavenly-minded, and scarlet, as we shall see, represents blood and death, sacrifice, and manhood. Purple is a combination of both, which speaks of Christ as both God and man. In some mysterious way He combined both natures in His own when He took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh.
The scarlet was derived from an Eastern insect (worm) that infests certain trees. It was gathered, crushed, dried, and ground to a powder that produced a brilliant crimson hue. Scarlet speaks of sacrifice and typifies Christ in His sufferings. The crucifixion Psalm 22 quotes Jesus as saying – “I am a worm”. God somehow took upon Himself a body of flesh and blood and then died, giving His life as a ransom for us all.
Now, before I close this post, I must add information about the wall of white linen that formed the perimeter around the entire Tabernacle area. I could tell you in my words, but it makes more sense to just include what has already been typed up on the website BibleHistory.com. They cover all the bases and it will be better for you and me to just include their words. Here is the quote about the wall of white linen.
“The Curtains of Fine Linen (Ex 27:9-15)
The outer court was enclosed by massive curtains which were 5 cubits (7 1/2 feet) high all around. 150 feet long on the north and south sides, and 75 feet long on the west, and 45 feet long on the east, leaving room for the gate. The curtains were woven from fine linen and suspended from the pillars, which were also 5 cubits apart.
Five separate curtains were suspended round the courtyard. Two of them ran along the long side each being 100 cubits. The one at the west end was 50 cubits long while there were two short ones on either side of the front entrance each being 15 cubits in length.
The plain white linen screen formed a barrier around the House of God. No Israelite could casually wander around the Holy building or stroll into the courtyard.
The material that formed this barrier was fine white linen symbolizing righteousness. The symbolism is revealed in the Book of Revelation where, at the wedding of Christ with His bride (the church) who has made herself ready for the wedding. Her wedding dress will be made of fine linen:
Rev 19:8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
The wall of fine linen around the tabernacle presented a barrier to those whose acts were not ‘righteous before God’ making sure that they would not have access to the courtyard. And, symbolically, this would have excluded every person in Israel.”
Now this is a lot of information and I hope I have captured all of it that is needed to understand this beautiful setting for God’s Tabernacle. As I continue exploring all the elements that are within the beautiful linen walls you will see how it all is so symbolic of Jesus Christ and the finished work of the Cross.
I look forward to continuing this exploration of the Tabernacle. Thanks for joining me. I will close for now but never without saying God loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved.
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