The study of Moses’ Tabernacle in the wilderness is one of the most fascinating subjects in the Bible, marking the embryonic origin of the nation of Israel that descended from the great patriarch, Abraham. The Hebrews, or Israelites, as they were later known, were called to be the chosen people of God and the guardians of His sacred Word and His ways. They were destined to become wholly dedicated to the one who delivered them from their wicked Egyptian taskmasters. The Tabernacle became the focus of sacrifice and worship in the desert, the means by which sinful man was restored to a holy God.
The history of the Tabernacle recalls God’s interaction with this unique group of sojourners, who met their Creator in the wilderness of Sinai through the intercession of the great mediator and lawgiver, Moses. The term “tabernacle” comes from the Latin tabernaculum, meaning “tent, hut, or booth.” A tabernacle is a temporary dwelling place. Interestingly, we see the Greek form of the word in the following passage in the book of Revelation, proclaiming that the presence of God is now within man:
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling place of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. Rev 21:3
Dwelling place: (Greek) σκηνή skéné = tent, tabernacle
Long before the Spirit of God resided within the hearts of redeemed man, He tabernacled among His people in a portable desert dwelling known as Moses’ Tabernacle. In reality, it was God’s Tabernacle. There is much to be learned about the character of God and His plan of redemption for humanity from the numerous types and shadows that prevail throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, particularly in the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. Moses’ Tabernacle is a subject that has been largely ignored or bypassed by much of the Church, yet it is most worthy of serious study. As we educate ourselves about the earthly dwelling place of the Almighty, we will meet Him in a new and more powerful dimension.
Many Christians ask why it is important to study the Tabernacle of Moses since it was Old Testament ritual, and the redeemed are now part of a better covenant. To them I say the following:
- Because it is part of the inspired Word of God
- Because it is part of the Mosaic Law Code
- Because it presents a prophetic picture of Yeshua’s redemptive work
- Because it is prophetic of the Church
- Because it is a representation of the heavenly Tabernacle
- Because it was a rendezvous point for the children of God
- Because the law was a shadow of things to come
- Because the law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Yeshua
Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. Gal 3:24
It is my great joy to make available to you my 12 part DVD series and 210 page workbook, The Tabernacle of Moses in the Wilderness. This course is suitable for Bible colleges, Sunday School classes, personal or group study, and is adaptable for various levels of spiritual maturity and interest. Each chapter presents a lecture and study material that is designed to take the message of the Tabernacle from your head to your heart. I hope you will join me in an intimate study of the earthly dwelling place of Almighty God. It will challenge your life to greater holiness! To order, contact: email@example.com or noreenjacks.com.
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