In this series we will go step by step and see how each item in the Tabernacle relates to us today, and confirms the Father’s desire to bring us back into sweet fellowship with Him through His Son, Jesus.
Moses built the Tabernacle from the inside out, starting with the Ark of the Testimony and finishing with the erecting of the fence. We, however, will be going from the outside in, since this more typifies how a believer develops in increasingly greater intimacy with the Lord.
OVERVIEWIt is important to note that God does everything in exquisite detail, so each word, each name and each item mentioned in Scripture is there for a specific reason.
The number three is significant of God’s divine purpose and will, and we can see it repeated throughout the Bible. Here are just a few examples.
- Jewish men were to appear before the Lord three times each year for three different feasts.
- Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days.
- Saul, before he became Paul, was blinded for three days.
- God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- You and I are spirit beings, with a soul and housed in a body.
In the Tabernacle we also see the same pattern of three. There is the Outer Court, The Holy Place and the Most Holy Place, also known as the Holy of Holies. Each represents a different degree of intimacy with the Lord.
THE FENCE – Exodus 27:9-19
The outer court was enclosed by a fence which was made with sixty pillars of bronze, each capped with silver. Bronze represents judgment and silver represents redemption. How glorious to know that thousands of years ago the Father used the pillars of the Tabernacle fence to show that God’s judgment of our sin (the bronze) was covered when Jesus redeemed us (the silver) through His death, burial and resurrection!
The pillars were there to suspend hangings of fine white woven linen. White symbolizes purity. Linen does not cause a person to sweat, and in Scripture it represents rest. These hangings, then, tell us that when we enter into a relationship with the Lord, we should cease from self-effort and enter into His sweet rest. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way...
Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered [today], let us be afraid [to distrust it], lest any of you should think he has come too late and has come short of [reaching] it.
For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).
For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest, in accordance with His declaration that those [who did not believe] should not enter when He said, As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest; and this He said although [His] works had been completed and prepared [and waiting for all who would believe] from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:1-3 (Amplified Bible)
The fence hangings were all of pure white linen, with one exception - the only entrance by which men could enter into the Tabernacle enclosure. There was no other way that they could come in. They couldn't climb over the white linen hangings; they couldn't crawl underneath. They could not make their own entryway. All who entered had to go through The Gate.
"Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden and over-burdened,
and I will cause you to rest.
[I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]"
Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible)
To be continued…