Fifty days after the Church in the wilderness came out of Egypt (Exod.12:1-3, 6, 29; 19:3, 16) God brought them (Acts.7:38, 1Cor.10:1-11, Rom.15:4) to Sinai where He wanted to "dwell among" them (Exod.25:8).Up to this time God had preserved them (Exod.12:13), "went before" them (Exod.13:20 -22), and "came between and protected them from the Egyptians (Exod.14:19-20). Now God wanted to "dwell among" them. This required a Tabernacle (Exod.25:8), including the Priesthood, Offerings, Feast days and Laws governing their everyday living (Exod.25- 40,Lev.1-27, Deut.1-34) before going further in God's Purpose. This structure and order would carry them until the time of David's Tabernacle(Exod.25-1Chron.16:1), then expand further (1Chron.23:25-26) and take them on
into the ultimate purpose for coming into the Land, Solomon's Temple (Gen.12:1,
The New Testament Church followed the same pattern. They kept the true Passover Lamb (1Cor.5:7-8), and then 50 days later "when the day of Pentecost had fully come (Review: PHASE 2, Page 3, V) the Church arrived at the "true Tabernacle that the Lord pitched and not men" (Heb.8:1-5). This was when the Spirit of the living God wrote God's Laws about the true Tabernacle (Heb.8:10; 10:16), the Priesthood (1Peter.2:5, Rev.1:6; 5:10), the Offerings (1Peter.2:5-9), not in tables of stone but in fleshy tables of the heart" (2 Cor 3:3-4, Heb.8:10;10:16). Jesus told the disciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear (i.e. carry, take up) them now. (Now meaning the time of Passover Phase 8) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, (on the "day of Pentecost" He will guide you into all truth (John.16:12- 13) and he will shew you things to come." (These "things" are foreshadowed by the Old Testament Church in the wilderness)
C. To us Individually today in the 21st Century
Individually when we receive Christ as our Passover, God wants us to "wait for the promise of the Father" (Acts.1:4). This is when the Spirit of the living God writes God's Laws about the "true Tabernacle" (Heb.8:10;10:16), the Priesthood (1Peter.2:5, Rev.1:6; 5:10), the Offerings (1Peter.2:5-9), not in tables of stone but in flesh tables of the heart" (2 Cor 3:3-4, Heb.8:10;10:16). Jesus told the disciples, (and He tells us) "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now (The time of our Salvation / Passover), Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, ( i.e. your own personal Pentecost), He will guide you into all truth...(John.16:12- 13) and he will shew you things to come."
II. The Tabernacle of Moses is a pattern of "heaven itself"
"It was...necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens (i.e. the Tabernacle of Moses) should be purified with these; (animal sacrifices) but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us" (Heb 9:23-24). When Jesus came and brought "grace and truth"(John.1:17), He did not destroy the law, (that includes the Tabernacle of Moses) or the prophets (that prophesied using this language of the Tabernacle). He said, "Think
not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, (the
Law / Tabernacle) but to fulfill"(Matt.5:17). Jesus was saying that the language of the Law and
the prophets have their reality or fulfillment in Me.
A. The Tabernacle was to bring us to grace The Tabernacle (which includes the Brazen Altar, Brazen Laver, Candlestick,Table of Shewbread, Golden Altar of Incense, Vail, the Ark of the Covenant)was to "bring us unto Christ"(Gal.3:24, Heb.9:1-10), then to continue leading us into it's fulfillment (completion) (Matt.5:17-19,
Rom.8:1-4). "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins" (Heb.10:4).
The Law was INCOMPLETE!
This means the Tabernacle pattern is relevant, pertinent, important, applicable (Acts.1:3, Luke.24:1-45) to our everyday New Testament Church life
1. For example: The High Priest in the Tab. of Moses
Most Christians understand that Jesus is our "merciful and faithful High Priest" (Heb.2:17) who is able "to save" us "to the uttermost" (Heb.7:25), but how many understand that the Tabernacle pattern reveals that the High Priestnot only saves us, he intercedes daily (Exod.28:1-43; 30:7-8) and yearly(Exod.30:10, Lev.16:1-44). See Phase 11 for more details.
Note: Because Jesus is our High Priest, there must be a Tabernacle with all of it's pieces of furniture in place, which all "brings us to Christ." (Gal.3:24, Heb.9:1-10; 10:1-10) 2. For example: The Priesthood
The sons of Aaron, the high priest, were taken "from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office" (Exod.28:1, Num.1:46-54) under the authority of Aaron.
a.Note the Holy Spirit's interpretation
The Spirit of God (2Tim.3:16-17)inspired Peter to interpret that the New Testament Church is the reality of the Priesthood (1Peter.2:5-9, Note Luke.24:44-45) under Jesus, our High Priest (Eph.5:21-33, Heb.3:1).
b. Note the Holy Spirit's interpretation
The Spirit of God (2Tim.3:16-17) inspired John to interpret the New Testament Church as "kings and priests" (Rev.1:6; 5:10). "A royal priesthood" (1Peter.2:9, Note: Exod.19:6 / 1Cor.10:11).
3. Grace completes the Tabernacle pattern
The Tabernacle of Moses was "incomplete" and could not take away sin,(Heb.10:1-9) because "in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Incomplete (Heb.10:3-5)! That is why Jesus came to complete / fulfill the Law (Matt.5:17-19, Rom.8:1-4). Why would Jesus, God manifest in the flesh (1Tim.3:16, John.1:1,14), complete the Law and then destroy what He just completed?
a. Grace completes / fulfills the pattern of the blood
Under Grace, blood was still needed to be shed to make atonement. The pattern has not changed under Grace! Now it is Christ"s blood (Heb.8:1-5; 9:1-26; 10:1-10). "He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace" (Heb.10:28-29)? b. Grace completes / fulfills the pattern ofrighteousness
Aaron's and his sons wore linen garments before they were anointed (Exod.28:1-43,
Exod.29:29) which was "our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ" (Gal.3:24, Heb.10:1-2,
Matt.5:17-19). The pattern has not changed! It has been completed / fulfilled.
Righteousness (the reality of fine linen) is stillrequired under Grace. "Fine linen"
(Rev.19:7-9) is the righteousness of the saints, that is a gift from God (2Cor.5:21, Eph.2:8).
It is not our righteousness because "our righteousnesses are as fitly rags." (Isa.64:6) c. Grace completes / fulfills the pattern of Washing
Aaron and his sons needed to be washed daily in the Laver before they ministered in the Tabernacle (Exod.30:17-21), which is "our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ" (Gal.3: 24, Heb.10:, Matt.5:17-19). The pattern has not changed! It has been completed / fulfilled. Under Grace, we, the New Testament priests still need to be a washed (Laver) "by the water of the Word" before ministering before the Lord (Exod.30:17, Eph.5:26-27).
d. Grace completes / fulfills the pattern of Anointing
Aaron and his sons were anointed into service (Exod.28:41). This again is "our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ" (Gal.3:24, Heb.9:1-28; 10:1, Matt.5:17-19). The pattern has not changed! It has been completed / fulfilled. Under Grace the New Testament priests (1Peter.2:5) still need to be anointed into service (Exod.28:41, Luke.3:21-23, Num.4:3, 23, 30, 35, Acts.10:38, Heb.1:9, Acts.2:37-38).
e. Grace completes / fulfills the pattern ofOfferings
The Priests were responsible for offering the Sin, Trespass, Burnt, Meal and Peace offerings (which included the drink and heave offerings) (Lev.1-5). (In a later study)The pattern has
not changed! It has been completed / fulfilled. Thewas aschoolmaster to bring us
unto Christ" (Gal.3:24, Heb.10:, Matt.5:17-19). Under Grace the New Testament priests
(i.e. the Church / priesthood) still need to offer spiritual offerings, the fulfillment of these
OT offerings (Lev.1-5, 1Peter.2:5, Heb.13:15-16, Rom.12:1-2, Phil.4:8).
NOTE: Apply this thought to every piece of Furniture and function of the Tabernacle of Moses. f. Grace still requires that we be responsible for God's Word
Under Grace the New Testament priests still need to be responsible for the preservation, teaching and copying of God's Word. (Deut.17:18; 24:8, 2Chron.15:3; 34:15,
2Tim.2:15; 4:2, Rev.22:18) B. Remember this pattern
Everything concerning the Tabernacle down to the last "jot" and "tittle" has it's fulfillment in Jesus Christ (i.e. the Body of Christ / The Church of the living God) (Matt.5:17-19, Rom.8:1-4). It is our schoolmaster (Gal.3:24) to teach us how to behave (1Tim.3:15, Eccl.5:1-2, 1Cor.14:40) inheavenly places (Eph.1:3; 2:1-6).