Study to show thyself approved, unto God.
There are many wonderful studies in the word of God, today I would like to begin to explore the Tabernacle in the wilderness, and a few of the types and shadow it presents.
I don't really wish to become overly technical, merely want to present a general overview, there are many excellent resources available to exercise an in depth study..
Lets get started, okay here we go.
Exodus 25:8-9. Heb.8:5- Key point; "Adhere to the pattern".
Let's first get a mental image of a temporary mobile structure in the middle of the wilderness, with a white linen fence enclosure; 150 feet long by 75 feet wide and 7.5 feet tall..
Each of the supporting posts where anchored in bronze and capped with silver, and given extra strength and support by silver tenons: (Bronze/brass symbolizes "Judgement") (Silver symbolizes "Virtue") Please
notice that the outer most barrier is white, which always symbolizes "Purity". To come to God we are reminded to make this approach in sincerity, with proper attitude and motives, beyond this point is a place of sacredness and holiness judgement starts right at this point.
Now the door to this place, where is the door?
God directed Moses, Moses directed Arron to always erect the Tabernacle with the door facing east, notice that there is only One door in; just like todays covenant Jesus told us very clearly He is the Door the One and only Way in..
At entry point we encounter curtains of Blue, Purple, and Scarlet linen, which may represent Deity, Royalty, Suffering, all men must pass this way to enter.
Once we are just inside this linen boundry the first piece of furniture we see is a Brass/Bronze sacrificial altar 7-feet square, 4.5 feet tall, with four, count them, four protruding Horns, one at each corner. Nobody but Nobody can even approach a Holy God without a sacrifice first, today this is accomplished by "Sincere Repentance" even though the price to deliver us from sin has been accomplished by the Lamb that took away the sins of the world(Jn.1:29) we must come humbly, ask for forgiveness and say "thank you" Jesus!
The next item we encounter is the bronze laver, highly polished and filled with water, giving a brilliant reflection to the approaching priest, much like the word of God that shows us clearly where we stand with God.
We must wash before tending to the business of the Tabernacle..
Our sins are forgiven at the altar of repentance, and washed away at baptism.
read what Ananias told Saul(Paul) in Acts 22:16- And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins calling on the name of the Lord.
To be continued..