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a dwelling place. It was the portable
which the Jews carried the Ark
of the Covenant through the desert. The tabernacle
or temple, was a temporary structure. It could be taken down in
pieces, moved and put together again.
The words 'tabernacle' and
'temple' are basically
as they were both used for worship, but the temple, once it was built,
was a permanent structure. What
was it like?
is the temple today?
God's purpose in this sanctuary
on Earth not only shows us that God wanted to be as close to man as He
could, but the enduringness
of the sanctuary once it was established, shows that God is always
there, always available to man:.Revelation
the time of routing
the promised land.(Numbers
nations the tabernacle remained at Gilgal:.Joshua
4:19. After the conquest.(Joshua
tabernacle was stationed for many years at Shiloh:.Joshua
18:1; 1Samuel 1:3.
15:1, it is said that David
had prepared and pitched a tabernacle in Jerusalem for the ark, which before
had long been at Kirjath-jearim
and then in the house of Obed-edom.1Chronicles
13:6,14; 2Samuel 6:11,12.
21:29, it is said that the tabernacle of Moses was still at Gibeon
at that time and it would therefore seem that the ark had long been separated
from it. The tabernacle still remained at Gibeon in the time of Solomon,
who sacrificed at it:.2Chronicles
1:3,13. This is the last mention made of it, for apparently the tabernacle
brought with the ark into the temple.(2Chronicles
5:5), was the tent in which the
ark had been kept at Zion.
The tabernacle was portable and was a tent:.2Chronicles
tabernacle was the structure ordered to be built according to God's instructions.(Exodus
that He might dwell among His people. It was to be mobile and constructed
to exacting specifications. In all of scripture
more space is devoted to the tabernacle than any other topic. The tabernacle
consisted of the outer court and the tabernacle. The outer court was entered
from the East. The outer court contained the altar of burnt offering.(Exodus
the bronze laver:.Exodus
30:17-21. The tabernacle part stood within the court.(see
pic above). The tabernacle was divided
into two main divisions, the holy place and the most holy place.(called
the holy of holies), which were separated
by a veil:.Exodus
This was the same veil that was torn from top to bottom at the crucifixion
27:51-53. Where the veil had represented the barrier separating sinful
man from a holy God.(Hebrews
destruction represented the free access sinners have to God through the
blood of the one who became Christ:.Hebrews
"The ancient tabernacle was
a place of sacrifice. The holy place contained three things. First, a table
on which was placed the shewbread, the bread of the presence of God:.Exodus
25:23-30. Second, a golden lampstand:.Exodus
25:31-40. Third, an altar of incense:.Exodus
30:1-7. In the Holy of Holies was the
ark of the covenant which contained the commandments:.Exodus
25:16. The holy of holies was entered only once a year by the high
priest who offered sacrifice for the nation of Israel."
The directions of the Creator
and the account of the execution of them, are contained in Exodus
25:1-40 and the following chapters.
'mishkan', meaning 'the dwelling place');
the movable tent/temple: The tabernacle was so constructed that it could
easily be taken down and conveyed from place to place during the wanderings
in the wilderness. Moses erected it for the service of the Creator, according
to the pattern which the Creator showed to him on the mount.".Exodus
25:9; Hebrews 8:5.
It is called."the
of the congregation", rather."of
where the Creator promised to meet with Israel.(Exodus
of the testimony".(Exodus
38:21; Numbers 1:50),
which does not however, designate the whole structure, but only the enclosure
which contained the."ark
of the testimony".(Exodus
25:16,22; Numbers 9:15);
of the Lord".(Deuteronomy
of the Lord".(Joshua
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The tabernacle was the structure
ordered built by the Creator so that He might dwell among His people:.Exodus
25:8,22. From within the tabernacle the Creator would meet with, at
that time, Moses.
The tabernacle was in the
form of a perfect cube of 20 cubits.
In here, the high priest back then, entered to make atonement
for the failings of the people to live up to God's standards:.Hebrews
It was to be mobile and constructed
to exacting specifications. It is referred to in Exodus
25-27,30-31,35-40, Numbers 3:25,
4:4; 7:1. In all of scripture more
space is devoted to the tabernacle than any other topic. Many books have
been written on the spiritual significance of the tabernacle, how it represented
Christ and how it foretold the gospel.
The tabernacle consisted
of the outer court and the tabernacle. The outer court was entered from
the East. The outer court contained the altar of burnt offering.(Exodus
the bronze laver:.Exodus
30:17-21. The tabernacle stood within the court:.Exodus
dwelling place, in this case dwelling place of God where God met with man:.Exodus
25:22 "And there I will meet with you and I will commune with you from
above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the
ark of the testimony...";Exodus
a rectangular enclosure, in length about 45 feet and in breadth and height
about 15. Its two sides and its western end were made of boards of acacia
wood, placed on end, resting in sockets of brass, the eastern end being
26:22. This framework was covered with four coverings, the first of
linen, in which figures of the symbolic
cherubim were wrought
with needlework in blue and purple and scarlet threads and probably also
with threads of gold:.Exodus
26:1-6; 36:8-13. Above this
was a second covering of twelve curtains of black goats' hair cloth, reaching
down on the outside almost to the ground:.Exodus
26:7-11. The third covering was of rams' skins dyed red and the fourth
was of badgers' skins.(Hebrew
'tahash', i.e., the dugong, a species of seal),
Holy of Holies:
the second or interior portion of the ancient tabernacle.(tabernacle
is another name for a temporary dwelling place, a mobile house).came
to be known as the holy of holies. It was left in total darkness; equates
to the stillness where the Creator
dwells. No one was permitted to enter this second part of the tabernacle
except the high priest and that only once a year. It contained
ark of the covenant only:.Exodus
veil had represented the barrier separating sinful man from the wholeness
of the Creator.(Hebrews
destruction represented the free access we now have to the Creator through
the blood of Christ.(Hebrews
for all, who came to show us a
better way. How is
this shown to us?
The only veil now separating
us is the one we ourselves create. "You yourself
are under your own veil."....Hafiz.
and how did this veil start in us?
The veil separating these
two chambers was a double curtain of the finest workmanship, which was
never passed except by the high priest once a year on the great day
This inner holy place was
separated from the outer court which enclosed the tabernacle by a curtain,
which hung over the six pillars which stood at the east end of the tabernacle
and by which it was entered.
What the veil
in the New Testament represents.
What the tabernacle
in the New Testament means:.2Peter
The ancient holy place was
one of the two portions into which the tabernacle,
also called 'temple', of the Old Testament was divided:.Exodus
26:33; Hebrews 9:1-7. It was
20 cubits long and 10 in height and breadth. It was illuminated by the
golden candlestick, as it had no opening to admit the light. It contained
the table of showbread
and the golden altar of incense:.Exodus
It was divided from the holy
of holies by a veil of the most costly
materials and the brightest colours. The arrangement of the
temple was the same in this respect. In it the walls of hewn
stone were wainscoted
with cedar and overlaid with gold and adorned with beautiful carvings.
It was entered from the porch by folding doors overlaid with gold and richly
embossed. Outside the holy place stood the great tank or "sea" of molten
brass, supported by twelve oxen, three turned each way, capable of containing
two thousand baths of water. Besides this there were ten lavers and the
brazen altar of burnt sacrifice.
today to where this eternal being.(Psalms
refer to as God
dwells, that is, in our hearts.(Acts
7:48; 1Corinthians 6:19;
57:15; 1Timothy 6:16.
The whole universe is Creator-Father's
mind, yet God is also beyond space and time.
God is beyond and within space and time necessary for experiencing physical
life, within which the hologram
of the created universe makes possible. Where your focus
is determines if you are in God's mind or extracting yourself from God's
Being in and appreciating
nature, being among the trees, the flowers and wildlife is 'being in' God's
mind in a more intimate
way. Being amongst
nature and to the
of uncaring about these things evidences the level one's
ego has control over his life. Having the mind surrounded with the
higher consciousness things of the spirit brings and keeps one in alignment.(1Corinthians
source of all good.
The temple was divided into
two main divisions, the holy place and an inner part often called.(but
not in the Bible).'the
holy of holies", which were separated by a veil.(Exodus
same veil that was torn from top to bottom at the crucifixion of Emmanuel:.Matthew
The tabernacle was a place
of sacrifice. The holy place contained three things. First, a table on
which was placed the shewbread, the bread of the presence.(Exodus
25:23-30), second, a golden lampstand.(Exodus
third, an altar of incense:.Exodus
In what came to be known
as the Holy of Holies was the ark of the covenant which contained the Ten
25:16; Hebrews 8:6.
The holy of holies was entered
only once a year by the high priest back then who offered sacrifice for
the nation of Israel:.Hebrews
Internally the ancient tabernacle
was divided by a veil into two chambers, the exterior of which was called
the holy place, also."the
the interior, which came to be known as the holy of holies, "the holy place,"
"the Holiest," the."second
28:29; Hebrews 9:3,7.
covering or lid of the
ark of the covenant.(q.v.).
It was of acacia wood, overlaid with gold or perhaps rather a plate of
solid gold, 2½ cubits long and 1½ broad:.Exodus
25:17; 30:6; 31:7.
It is compared to the throne of grace:.Hebrews
9:5; Ephesians 2:6. The holy
of holies is called the."place
of the mercy seat":.1Chronicles
28:11; Leviticus 16:2.
It has been conjectured
that the censer.('thumiaterion',
meaning 'anything having regard to or employed in the burning of incense').mentioned
in Hebrews 9:4 was the 'mercy seat',
at which the incense was burned by the high priest on the great day of
atonement and upon or toward which the blood of the goat was sprinkled:.Leviticus
and Exodus 25:22.