Making Furniture For The Tabernacle

If we work upon marble, it will perish; if on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumple into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, and imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of our fellow men, we engrave on those tablets somethi … More

Dwelling

I am amazed as I see how many chapters in Exodus deal with the tabernacle. It has been said, “God created the whole world in six days but He used forty days to instruct Moses about the tabernacle. God has always had a dwelling place in the midst of his people. 

The construction of the tabernacle furniture:

1.     The Ark of the Covenant (vv. 1-5).

This was made from acacia wood overlaid with pure gold and pointed to the humanity and Deity of our Lord. It contained the tablets of the law, a golden jar of manna, and Aaron’s rod.

2.     The Mercy Seat (vv. 6-9).

The mercy seat was the lid of the ark. As the Cherubim looked down they did not see the contents but the sprinkled blood, which enabled God to be merciful to rebellious sinners.

3.     The Table of Showbread (vv. 10-16).

The table of showbread held twelve loaves which showed Israel’s place before God. These loaves also may speak of God’s provision for each of the twelve tribes.

4.     The Golden Lampstand (vv. 17-24).

The Golden Lampstand was a type of Christ, the true light of the world (John 8:12). It also typifies the Holy Spirit whose mission is to glorify Christ.

5.   The Altar of Incense (vv. 25-28).

The Altar of Incense speaks of Christ being a perpetual sweet aroma of God

6.     The Anointing Oil (v. 29).

Oil typifies the Holy Spirit, and the incense speaks of the ever fragrance of our Lord.

Application

The fact that the Lord indwells my life is an awesome thing. Since my body is a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit I need to take good care of it.

Exodus 37:1-29 (English Standard Version)


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