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Tabernacle Furnishings

“Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle...just so you shall make it” (Exodus 25:8–9)..​


     “...This book (The Bible) is difficult to interpret...baffl(ing) through the centuries...due to the strange symbolism in this apocalyptic literature. Yet it is the very presence of certain literary features that gives us clues to enable us to decode the book successfully. '...God intends the Book to be understood.' Somewhere within it must be materials to help with the difficult parts, since it is self-interpreting.” (The Handbook to Bible Study)

 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

   In Moses’ day, blood sacrifice made things holy and provided people with an acceptable access to God. This was done by slaughtering innocent, spotless animals, and sprinkling their blood upon lamps, tables, altars, and priests within the tabernacle, or the temple of God...Today, blood sacrifice continues to cleanse...but it is Jesus Christ’s blood that does so.


For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ Leviticus 17:11 .


     Part of the reason God gave mankind a tabernacle and a temple was to show us how to become clean to worship Him. Another reason God chose to have all of those animals slaughtered by Levitical priests was to show us how important His Son was to Him. Today, instead of an endless stream of slathered animals, Jesus Christ was that sacrifice. '...He seals Christ within the heart of those trusting in His Son.'


 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God?” (1 Corinthians 3:16a).


   The Tabernacle/Temple, a type for the human body, may be the strongest evidence that Christ Jesus, by atoning blood, may reside within Christians. This evidence speaks throughout the entire Old Testament context in fact, that there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood.


    What purpose does a temple serve without the sacrifice and the offering of blood? Christ Jesus was anticipated by God to be sealed into each Christian by the Holy Spirit. He is then most useful in various places within His temples “not made with hands,” that we as believers—these temples would be witnesses to the love of God to a dying world. Our bodies are the temples of God, as seen in the Old Testament type, therefore, we require atoning blood as a propitiation for our sin.

    "...having described the tabernacle, a sort of antitype for the human body, we are now able to view more accurately the furnishings within. It will be helpful to remember that the tent and furnishings are types of spiritual realities. These furnishings function by the will of the inner man or woman." and, "...As the hand manipulates objects in our world for the various tasks we confront, so does the Holy Spirit function as our hands as we reach into the spiritual world, by faith grasping the furnishings available to us within our own tabernacle. 

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