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December 29, 2016, 5:25 PM

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

Text:  Acts 7:44 - “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.”

 Exodus 40:17, 33-37 “And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up…And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.  Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:  But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.”

 Imagine a hot, dry, dusty, desert, with a peering sun beating down upon you.  Before you is a massive pillar of the Glory of God.  Around you are approximately 3 million people.  You are making the largest jailbreak in the history of man.  All to the glory of God.  

 You marched under the standard of your tribe, with each tribal leader at your lead.  And in the middle of the 12 tribes was a Tabernacle.  Portable, beautiful, and necessary for you and your families right relationship with God.  
     Within the Tabernacle was another structure, a tent, visible above the walls of the tabernacle, yet enclosed inside it.  Within this Holy Place, went only the Priests.  All the doors of the Tabernacle and Holy Place/Holiest of Holies were facing East, so it was like the sun shone within the tabernacle each daybreak.

This is just a brief description of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.  God spent 50 chapters describing it, and its service, so we can adjudge its
importance.  Every Jewish Synagogue that has been built for the past 2,000 or so years has been built in the design of the Tabernacle. 

How big was the Tabernacle? 

It was about 150 feet long (100 cubits), 75 feet wide (50 cubits), and 7.5 feet tall (5 cubits).  The door was 30 ft. (20 cubits) wide, and faced East.  
The Holy Place, which also contained the Holy of Holies was 45 feet (20 cubits) long, 15 ft. wide (10 cubits), and 15 feet (10 cubits) high.  Within the Holy
Place was the Holiest of Holies, which was a 15 ft. (10 cubit) cube.

 The construction of the tabernacle, God’s meeting place with man, is basically found in Exodus Chapters 25-40.  Moses received the dimensions for the
Tabernacle while he was on Mt. Sinai.  
Exodus 26:30 “And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.”

The Tabernacle is just a shadow of the Tabernacle in heaven.  Hebrews 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
What the Tabernacle Consist of?

The Tabernacle itself was made of 60 pillars of brass, and were set in 60 sockets of brass.  There were silver poles that went from one of the tabernacle to the other to provide stabilization.  A fine linen curtain, hung with hooks of silver and pins of brass, covered the outside of the tabernacle.  
The entrance on the East had fine twined linen with needlework of scarlet, purple, blue.
     The Holy Place was covered with 4 different types of materials (cloth and animal skin).  It was constructed of around 55 boards, 27 inches wide.  Each board had two silver bases, and two tenons went downward from each board to hold it in place to the bases.  There were beautiful hangings at the entrances.  

The one leading into the Holiest of All, or the Holy of Holies, was known as the veil.

When you first entered into the Tabernacle, it was a little world unto itself.  The first thing you came to was a giant Brazen Altar, 7.5 feet by 7.5 feet, with a brazen grate in the middle.  It had 4 horns, to tie the sacrifice to the altar.
The next item you came to as you proceeded to the Holy Place was a brazen laver of water, made of the looking glasses of the women.  The Bible does not give its dimensions.

Scriptures on the Tabernacle in the NT.

Hebrews 10:20 “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”
John 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.”  

The word dwelt is tabernacle in Greek.

Hebrews 10:4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”
Hebrews 10:1 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”
Hebrews 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.”
Matthew 27:51 “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”
We now have a way into the holiest of all.  The Glory is loosed in the world.  Jesus Is our Tabernacle!!  Hallelujah!! 

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