Exodus 25-27, Psalm 25
It’s easy when approaching detailed portions of Scripture about items or events that are no longer current, to allow our minds to wander. It is important to realize that nothing in Scripture is irrelevant. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”. Matthew 5:17-18 says, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass away from the law till all is fulfilled”. So, as we approach this, it has relevance, then as well as in the life of Jesus and the future Tabernacle mentioned in Revelation 21.
Realize, the Tabernacle was where God dwelled and met with the people, at the Mercy Seat (not the seat of good works). So, then, as now, He met us, not because of anything that we do, but solely by what He did. Also, in the Tabernacle is the Table of Showbread. In John 6:35, we read, “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life”. Another object in the Tabernacle is The Gold Lampstand. We read in John 8:12, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”In chapter 26 we should pay close attention to the veil in v.31-35. This separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place. It was very thick (at least as 4 inches, as much as 18 inches) so that no one could accidentally fall in. Only the High Priest, once a year on Yom Kippur, could actually enter this room. When Jesus died on the Cross, the veil tore in two (Matthew 27:51, “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”), thereby allowing all of us direct access to the Mercy Seat, not through a man, but by The Man, Jesus Christ.
In Chapter 27, realize nothing in Scripture is by accident. Every metal, design, etc. is divinely chosen. For the metals, everything made of gold in the building of the Tabernacle is a picture of heaven. Silver is a picture of redemption (sold for 30 pieces of silver). Bronze (or Brass) is a symbol of judgment. The bronze altar would be the first thing seen by those entering the courtyard of the Tabernacle. This would be a vivid, constant reminder to the people that they could only come to God by means of Sacrifice (the only way that their sins could actually be forgiven and taken away). God’s pattern never changes, we have the way to the Mercy Seat, only through the finished work of the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Any and all other religions, without this Sacrifice attempt to come by their good works. This has never been His way.
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