Sunday, January 26, 2014

Exodus 25-27 The Tabernacle that walked among us

From Exodus 25-27

Ex 25.1-9 Story; A contribution for the tabernacle that the LORD may dwell in their midst.
Ex 25.10-22 Story; Instructions for the Ark of the Covenant (Law) and mercy seat
Ex 25.23-30 Story; Instructions for the Bread Table
Ex 25.31-40 Story; Instructions for the Golden Lampstand
Ex 26.1-37 Story; Instructions for the Tabernacle (Tent of Meeting)
Ex 27.1-8 Story; Instructions for the Bronze Altar
Ex 27.9-19 Story; Instructions for the Court of the Tabernacle
Ex 27.20-21 Story; Instructions to keep an ongoing supply of Oil for the Lamp

Passage and Comments
Some might find chapters 25 to 27 a little tiresome. But there is always something interesting or of importance. Note the following;
[8] And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. [9] Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it. (Ex 25:8-9)
and a bit later;
[26:1] “Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them. (Ex 26:1)
and then;
[31] “And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it. [32] And you shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold, on four bases of silver. [33] And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy. [34] You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place. [35] And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table, and you shall put the table on the north side. (Ex 26:31-35)
The tabernacle had huge importance of the Jewish people. Primarily though we should focus on one of the first statements - 'And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.' (Ex 25.8). This is important because Christians now have had God dwelling among them. Jesus Christ the Word of God.

Story of Israel
The temple remained the symbol of God abiding in the midst of Israel. Unfortunately however, due to their disobedience God left the temple and the temple was destroyed. Israel needed another temple to represent God's presence among the people.

Story of Jesus
In the New Testament John writes,
[14] And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
Some people might know, but in case some readers of this blog don't. The expression 'dwelt among us' means tabernacle'd amongst us. The direct analogy of Exodus is unmistakable. Jesus Christ is the person of God dwelling among his people.