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Many Christians know the basics of the Tabernacle. They know it held the 10 commandments and it symbolized the convent between God and the Israelite. It also held the Arc which was the most sacred object to the Israelites. But this is not about the basics. Today I want to share with everyone the significance of each part of the Tabernacle and in the end why this is important to you today. The Tabernacle was build very specific and there was an extreme about of detail and craftsmanship that went into making it. There are ten parts to the Tabernacle and they are as follows:
Arc of the covenant:
-It was a golden box that held the 10 commandments.
-This symbolized the covenant God had with His people.
-This was the lid of the Arc of the covenant.
-This was a symbol of God’s presence to His people.
-They divided two sacred rooms of the Tabernacle. The first room was the Holy Place and the second was the Most Holy Place.
-This showed His people that they were separated from God because of their sins.
-A wooden table over laid with gold in the Most Holy Place that held bread and the utensils used.
Bread of the Presence:
-12 loaves of bread, one for each tribe of Israel.
-This symbolized the spiritual nourishment that God gave His people.
Lamp stand and lamps:
-A golden lamp holding seven burning lamps which lite the Most Holy Place.
-This symbolized God’s light present among His people. Jesus told us that he was the light of the world (John 8:12).
-This was the alter in front of the certain of the Holy Place.
-The alter was used to burn God’s special incense and symbolized the acceptable prayers.
-A special oil used to anoint priests and all the pieces of the Tabernacle.
-This showed how those things belonging to God were separated and set about just for God.
Alter of burnt offerings:
-This was a bronze alter outside of the Tabernacle which was used for sacrifices.
-These sacrifices at that time showed how someone would give respect for God and to right a sin in the eyes of God to restore their relationship with the Lord.
-This was a large washbasin outside of the Tabernacle by priest to clean themselves before their duties.
-The washbasins symbolized the need for spiritual cleaning before doing God’s work.
“Here is a summary of materials for the Tent of Meeting that was compiled at Moses’ direction, the work of the descendants of Levi under the direction of Aaron the priest’s son Ithamar. Now Uri’s son Bezalel, grandson of Hur from the tribe of Judah, made everything that the LORD had ordered Moses to build. With him was Ahisamach’s son Oholiab from the tribe of Dan, an engraver, designer, and embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet material, and of fine linen. All the gold that was used in the work, in all the work on the sanctuary, including the gold from the wave offering, totaled 29 talents, 730 shekels, according to the standard used in the sanctuary. The silver from those of the congregation who were recorded totaled 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the standard used in the sanctuary; a beka a head (a beka is half a shekel, according to the standard used in the sanctuary) for everyone who went through the registration process from 20 years old and older. The total numbered 603,550 bekas. One hundred talents of silver were used to cast the sockets for the sanctuary and the sockets for the curtain, 100 sockets for 100 talents, a talent per socket. And with 1,775 talents he made hooks for the pillars, overlaid their tops, and made bands for them. The bronze from the wave offering totaled 70 talents and 2,400 shekels. With it he made the sockets for the doorway to the Tent of Meeting, the bronze altar, the bronze lattice for it, all the furnishings for the altar, the sockets for all around the court, the sockets for the gate to the court, all the pegs for the sanctuary, and all the pegs for all around the court.”
Now that I have shared the details and significance of the Tabernacle I want to share how it relates to us today. From Exodus 38:21-31 you see that the Tabernacle was built by many different people with many different talents that God gave them. When working together under the headship of the Lord amazing things can be built. Some people are meant to supervise and motivate and others are gifted in different areas. So please reflect on the gifts God gifted you with. Seek an opportunity to allow God to let you use them for His glory.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord. There are varieties of results, but it is the same God who produces all the results in everyone.”