A New Place To Worship
Book of Exodus Chapter 25
We know that all Scripture is given to us by Holy Ghost inspiration.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
We might ask ourselves, why would the Holy Ghost go through such a detailed account of the materials and the building of the Tabernacle?
There is more space devoted to the Tabernacle than any other object in the Bible.
For instance, only two chapters record God’s work of creation and fitting this earth for human habitation yet, it takes ten chapters to teach us about the Tabernacle.
As Christians we are not to neglect any portion of the Word of God, which we tend to do.
Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime “were written for our learning”, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
In reality, the Book of Hebrews cannot be fully understood without a working knowledge of the Book of Exodus and the Book of Leviticus.
1) The Tabernacle is a physical place upon this earth that gives us an idea of God’s dwelling place.
2) The Tabernacle is a “type” of Jesus Christ who is the Mediator between Jehovah and Mankind.
3) The Tabernacle is again a “type” of Jesus Christ in the Church in communion with all true believers.
The Tabernacle was the worship center in the wilderness for the children of Israel, but it was a splendid example to teach the Church many different ‘types”, many different pictures, and many different spiritual truths for those who are true believers.
The greatest tool we have in understanding our Savior and Redeemer, is the Words He has given to us! Praise His Holy name.
In respect of Him, then we need to let the Word of God speak for itself and teach us what the Lord God Jehovah wants us to know and what He wants us to understand!
Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Heb 8:2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Heb 8:3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
Heb 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
Heb 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
The Tabernacle would begin with an offering.
*Exo 25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Exo 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.
The word Tabernacle actually means “dwelling place”.
So to be clear, the message of the Tabernacle is simple:
1) The Lord’s appearance to humanity in “Grace”.
2) Humanity’s approach to the Lord in “Faith”.
Though many deny it, we need the presence and the assurance of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout our lifetime!
As Jehovah calls for the materials for the construction of the Tabernacle, it is a call for “Stewardship”, to give with a willing heart.
Just as the “creation” of this world we live in, the Tabernacle had a need for an architect.
The architect of the Tabernacle was Jehovah God.
It is the architect who is responsible for the construction of any building, and it is the architect who determines whether a building stands or falls.
Jehovah would not leave the design of the Tabernacle in the hands of man.
The Tabernacle was to be Jehovah’s dwelling place, the place of His presence.
The Tabernacle was to be a special place where people could come to worship Jehovah.
The Tabernacle was to be a place where His people could learn about Him.
Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Heb 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Jehovah supplied the design of the Tabernacle, but the people supplied the materials.
*Exo 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.
We must understand that the greatest thing we can give to our Savior is a willing heart!
The children of Israel had been slaves in Egypt for near four hundred years.
We know that slaves do not have the opportunity to accumulate wealth, but now they traveled with the LORD with great wealth.
Just before the children of Israel had been run out of Egypt, Jehovah caused the Egyptians to have a great desire to share their wealth with them.
So, in fact it was the Gentiles (heathen) who provided the material things to build the Tabernacle.
You will find that this holds true not only for the Tabernacle but also for each of the Temples.
Jehovah caused the Gentiles to provide the material things to build these places of worship.
So, in fact God provided these things so His children would be able to give a portion of that wealth back to Him.
This has never changed in all the Bible! God provides for His people, and He only asks for a portion of it to be given back to Him!
Today, to most people this is the tithe, but it can also be said of freewill offerings.
Remember the tithe is commanded, the freewill offering comes from the heart!
The purpose of these offerings was to build a sanctuary to meet with God.
Jehovah God gave to Moses a list of the materials He required to build this first Tabernacle.
*Exo 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
Each of the materials used for this Tabernacle had their own purpose.
It should be very obvious that our God, the Lord Jesus Christ, wants to live with us or in fact He wants us to live with Him because He can have no part of sin and our world is full of sin.
Jehovah designed this Tabernacle so He could be with them in a unique way.
It is the same for the true Church today.
This “Sanctuary” here on Highway 81, is a place we can meet with Jehovah God.
It was to be a place set apart from the things of the world, for God.
It was a place that was to be seen as a place where God dwelt.
It was to be a place where the people could meet with God and He to meet with them.
It was to be a place of worship.
The Lord Jesus said it was to be a House of Prayer! Prayer is worship when we pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ.
Any so-called prayer to any other so-called deity and not in the name of Jesus Christ is not then worship!!!!!!!
We should understand that it was Jehovah who took the initiative to build a relationship with His people!
It is Jehovah that desires fellowship with all His creation!
Today, by the receiving of the truth of Jesus Christ and being “Born Again”, it is the body of each believer that has become a sanctuary for Jehovah God.
Jehovah is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Our bodies are to sanctuaries, holy places, in which the Holy Spirit of Jehovah can live permanently!
1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
As the Apostle Paul reminded these Corinthians, we need to remind ourselves that God does live within us as soon as we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and we are Born Again when the Holy Spirit comes into us!
So, it must be Jehovah who sets the rules for our relationship with Him!
*Exo 25:9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.
Jehovah designed “every part” of this Tabernacle!
There was no input from anyone on this earth!
There was no meeting to decided what would work and what would not work!
There was no gathering to see what colors would be used!
There was no meeting to produce a budget!
When God designs it and we build it according to His design, then it will work, and He will meet with us in His place!
Jehovah alone determines how we are to approach Him!
It could be said that the Tabernacle was a tent “pitched” by Jehovah to live amongst His people in an incredibly special way!
It was the Tabernacle where any of these children of Israel could approach Jehovah to worship.
The Tabernacle was to be only a place for worship!
It is our Heavenly Father who made a way to approach Him, and it is by the Lord Jesus Christ.
So we see that in typology, this Tabernacle was to be a type of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
It is by God’s rules that we can meet with Him and can live with Him!
Notice, that Jehovah had to come from Heaven down to this earth to live in that Tabernacle.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who laid aside the riches of Heaven, to come to where we are, so He could lead us to salvation!
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Again we see that this Tabernacle was in fact a type of the Lord Jesus Christ.
*Exo 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
As we look at this “Ark” we again will see a type of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know of two more arks:
1) The ark of Noah, in which he and his family found shelter from that world-wide flood. (A type of Christ)
2) The ark of Moses, in which baby Moses was preserved to lead his people and write the first five books of the Bible. (Also a type of Christ)
The Ark of the covenant was constructed of only two materials, wood, and gold, pointing to the two natures of Christ Jesus, the human side and the Divine side.
The two tablets of stone preserved within the Ark were the words of Jehovah.
Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
And then there is the Mercy Seat. The throne of God.
*Exo 25:17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
Exo 25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
Exo 25:19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
Exo 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
The importance of the “Mercy Seat” should be clearly seen.
It was not those self-righteous people who were welcome to the Mercy Seat, it was those who are sinners, but were washed in the blood of Jesus who are welcome to the Mercy Seat of Jehovah God!
1Pe_2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Jud_1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
The Ark speaks of the person of Jesus Christ, and each of the sacred vessels will also point to the work of Jesus Christ!
What we must understand is that there is “Mercy” at the seat of “Atonement”!
At the “Mercy Seat”:
It is God’s mercy that covers our sins.
It is God’s mercy that gives and pardons.
It is God’s mercy that makes atonement.
It is God’s mercy that appeases and cancels His wrath.
That Mercy is of course is by the Lord Jesus Christ!
Psa 130:1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
Psa 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
Psa 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psa 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Psa 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Psa 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
*Exo 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
Exo 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
We can be sure our sin had separated us from Jehovah, but if His plan of salvation is followed as He intended, then that separation is eliminated!
Sin is a wide gulf between us and Jehovah, but the gulf is eliminated by the cross at Mount Calvary.
The “Mercy Seat” demands repentance, and this is where so many fail.
This “Mercy” is poured out upon those who fear Him and obey Him!
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
It is by the “Mercy” of God that we can have peace in our lives every day!
Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The great God Jehovah has more “Mercy” than He has wrath!
Psa 108:3 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
Psa 108:4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
Psa 108:5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;
Psa 108:6 That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.
The Ark was to hold the testimony of Jehovah.
The Ark was to be that special place for Jehovah to meet His people.
The Ark was to be place of Mercy.
The Tabernacle gives us just a little taste of Heaven.
The work of the Jewish Priests was never done and never could be.
When our Lord Jesus Christ offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice, His work was complete!
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
It is at the Ark where Jehovah would instruct His people.
You can feel the presence of Jehovah in the Tabernacle of God!
*Exo 25:40 And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.
It must be truly clear to each child of God; it is only by the Pattern of the things of Heaven, that we can be saved and made free from sin.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
This is unchangeable, and it does not matter what the Muslim say, nor the Hindu say, or any other false religion preaches or teaches, it is only by the pattern Jehovah has given to us, that we will ever see the face of God.
If you do not have “faith” in the “soul saving” work of the Lord Jesus Christ, you will never see the face of God which can only be seen in the New Heaven!
If you do not want to see the face of God, then Jehovah has a place for you whether you believe or not!
Hell is a real place!
You cannot believe in Heaven without believing in that place called Hell!
You cannot believe in Angels if you do not believe in Demons!
You cannot believe in the Lord Jesus Christ without believing that Satan is the Antichrist!
These are all written in the same, but true Word of God!