The Tabernacle gives us a vivid picture of our need towards God. God is represented by the "Glory Cloud" dwelling in the Most Holy Place. People are seen ouside the gate.
"GOD IS INSIDE AND WE ARE OUTSIDE"
Every entry and all the "furniture" between us and God all picture various aspects of the Person and Work of the Blessed Lord Jesus. The picture is an image map with links to the pages describing the objects and lessons. Simply click on the object you are interested in. Scroll down for the overview.
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The tabernacle is a picture of the Lord Jesus and His salvation. It is a picture story to teach us the true lessons of salvation that we do not easily grasp otherwise.
What did the tabernacle mean to the Israelites? It told the story of the Passover, or the Redemption of God for His people. The avenging God sees the lambs blood and passes over His people, but judges and condemns the Egyptians (Exo 12).
Exodus 14 demonstrates the redeemed being saved from the power of slavery through the Red Sea. What was the goal or point of redemption? - to bring the people into the land of milk and honey? - or to bring His people unto himself ?
Exod 19:4; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.
The tabernacle was to be a place for God to dwell among His people. This could only be done if the people were redeemed from their sins and bondage to sin. Then God could dwell/fellowship among His people.
Exod 25:8-9; And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. 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.
The goal of redemption was for God to dwell among His people!
Why was the lesson taught before the promised land out in the desert? Because, the people quickly drifted from God. They told Aaron to make god "visible" for them,and the idol golden calf was created right after the Passover and safe passage through the Red Sea. They were redeemed so God could dwell among them, but they immediately created other gods!
Goal of redemption: to live among His people. The tabernacle teaches spiritual lessons about eternal realities (copy and shadow of heavenly things). = Heb 8 & Exo 25:40
As you continue on through this web site and discover the lovely truths pictured in the Tabernacle; thank the Lord for such a God as this who stretched forth the heavens and bent towards us to open our hearts to the Love of a Savior who desires to be known by His people!