What is a Christian tabernacle?
The role of a good leader has a powerful influence. How much greater is the influence of the incredible power of the presence of God.
There is a profound spiritual desire in all our hearts that can be filled only by the love of God himself. The presence of God fills our strongest spiritual desires. Adam and Eve had lost this feeling of His existence through their sin. After that, the role of God was not recognized as it was before.
However, God is good to all. He’s all-powerful. His existence cannot be taken for granted. It is only by the cross and resurrection of Jesus that the path to his existence and the blessing of the Holy Spirit residing inside you is made possible. In both of the passages for today, we see much of the majestic force of His being.
Characteristic of the Tabernacle
The tabernacle was very practical
The tabernacle acted as a meeting place for God and man. This was no simple feat, for having God in close vicinity was a very dangerous matter. When Moses pleaded with God to live in the midst of His people (Exodus 34:9), God cautioned him that this would prove fatal to such a sinful people: “For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee” (Exodus 33:5).
The tabernacle addressed one issue with its portability
God had shown Himself to His people from the top of Mount Sinai. When the people left Sinai for Canaan’s promised land, they would need some convenient place to manifest God’s presence. Because the tabernacle was a tent, the issue of portability was overcome.
The tabernacle also tackled the issue of a righteous God living in the midst of a pagan community. The tent’s curtains, particularly the thick veil, served as a separator, a dividing barrier between God and the people. Beyond that, the tabernacle was sanctified and set aside as a sacred site. This saved the people from the epidemic of God, which would have killed them. The tabernacle was also a place of sacrifice so that the sins of the Israelites could be atoned for. Though the solution was not lasting, it encouraged unity between God and His people.
The tabernacle gave witness to the nature of Heaven
The excellence of the tabernacle, both in its materials and in its quality, was a representation of the excellency of Heaven. The tabernacle was indeed a sacred spot, and there was a sacred God in it.
Through its form and work, the tabernacle bears witness to the holiness of Heaven. Aaron bears the engraving on the diadem, ‘Holy to the Lord’.
The tabernacle consisted of different components, but the unity of both, in nature, structure, and purpose, was stressed. “And he made fifty taches of gold, and coupled the curtains one unto another with the taches: so it became one tabernacle” (Exodus 36:13).
“And he made fifty taches of brass to couple the tent together, that it might be one” (Exodus 36:18).
The tabernacle was constructed as a permanent facility.
Constantly, we see phrases such as ‘perpetual’ and ‘throughout your generations.’ The tent has been used every day for more than 40 years, and it would appear that God has intended it to be used throughout the history of Israel. The tabernacle was not merely ‘made to last,’ to match the automaker’s argument, but it was constructed to last.
The tabernacle was the vision of God, the effort of God, the plan of God.
Where did the template come from? It came from Heaven. Heaven was the builder, not the individual. Over and again in the description of how the tabernacle was to be built, this word appears: ‘And you shall make…’ That is, God told Moses what to do in detail. These were the commandments, the commandments of the same God who gave the Ten Commandments.
The tabernacle was made according to the celestial design revealed to Moses. The instructions indicated that every aspect of the design was made explicit by the command of God. Every detail of the structure represents the one divine will, and nothing depends on the human builders’ ad hoc judgment. Moreover, the tabernacle is not designed as a transitional measure for a short amount of time, but one in which the eternal priesthood of Aaron is served for all their years.
The Temple is the dwelling place of Heaven.
When Israel had possessed Canaan’s land, there was no need for a temporary facility to keep the ark of covenant and every other furnishings of the tabernacle. The ark, you will note, was used by the Israelites as a kind of giant which they brought with them as they fought against the Philistines, under the rule of King Saul and his son Jonathan. The Israelites were defeated in this battle, and the Philistines took the ark. After repeated problems specifically linked to the ark, the Philistines returned the ark to Israel. The return of the ark and the dwelling of David in the glorious house appear to have led him to suggest the building of another position for the ark to be kept: “Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord remaineth under curtains” (1 Chron. 17:1)
God’s place of dwelling in the New Testament
In the Gospel of John, Jesus Christ is revealed as the Son of God, who is a tabernacle for men (John 1:14).
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. (John 4:20-21). From the time of Christ’s coming to earth to the present, God’s dwelling place for men is not conceived in terms of houses.
As a momentary aside, the actual building (temple) had become a kind of idol for many of the moralistic, unbelieving Jews of the day of Jesus. The temple’s appearance was evidence that God was with them and that they were pleasing in His eyes. Even the disciples were struck by the elegance of the architecture of the temple, and Jesus warned of such zeal, recognizing that the temple would eventually be demolished (Matthew 24:1-2). You can well guess how angry the scribes and Pharisees must have been when our Lord talked of destroying the temple of God (not understanding, of course, that He was the temple). The demolition of the temple was once again the fulfillment of the warnings of the Old Testament’s Scriptures, the evidence of Israel’s defiance, and the chastening hand of God on the country.
The epistles of the New Testament seek to inform us that the dwelling place of God is now the sanctuary, not the foundation of the sanctuary, but the citizens who make up the body of Christ:
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Eph. 2:19-22).
There are diverse ways in which the building of the tabernacle is relevant to our lives, even though we have been divided by several years and at least one dispensation from the Israelites of the day of Moses.
All aforementioned is making reference to what we a Christian tabernacle is and how relevant is even till today.
To live a worthy life, Christians needs to fear the tabernacle by fearing God
The Rewards of God Fearing
There are also advantages to the fear of God. Here are some verses from the Bible that explain these benefits.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7.
Real knowledge is known when you have a healthy fear of God. Worldly awareness is meaningless in terms of eternity, for all aspects of the universe will pass away. True wisdom is to be always found in God and His precepts.
“Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” (Exodus 20:20)
When you realize how grievous sin is to God, and how He thinks it grievous, abominable, self-serving, and sinful, then you instinctively gravitate to fear Him and sinning is the last thing you should want to do. If you believe that God could think you’re out of reach, that healthy fear will inspire you not to sin and but seek righteousness.
” Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” Psalm 103:13. The Lord’s mercy for us is a blessing, and we only deserve it, if we seek his way. He prefers to be respectful of those who fear Him. Of course, this love goes hand and hand with forgiveness. God has been moved to forgive those who worship Him.
The Consequences of not having God’s fear
There are also several implications not to fear our Maker. Here are a couple of verses that illustrate this.
It is necessary that Christians have a healthy fear of God.
“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him!”(Luke 12:5). If you love God and have no fear of Him, the outcome is not good. God has control over your eternity. Hell remains among those who ridicule the Holy Name of God and who even deny Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
We know that God is not listening to sinners. Yeah, God knows your spirit. When struggles arrive, and cries of distress call out, God does not hear those who love sin. This makes complete sense as to why it’s so easy to fear Nature. If you want God to hear and answer your prayers and pleas, you have to hate sin!
Fear of the Lord is a must.
” Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man ” (Ecclesiastes 12:13b).
You should know that standing with Jesus Christ is the most difficult situation you may ever experience. If you have a healthy fear of heaven, you can never grasp the strength of the sacred blood of Jesus. Jesus said, ” I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. “John 14:6.
A healthy fear of God will eventually take you to the greatest possible reward, an existence in heaven with Jesus and fellow believers! However, if you deny the Gospel, there is no second chance that you will die. Please make a good choice by choosing Jesus right now before it’s too late!
RELEVANCE OF THE TABERNACLE TODAY
The tabernacle also known as “tent of meeting,” is referred to approximately 130 times in the Old Testament.
A forerunner of the temple in Jerusalem, the tabernacle was a movable place of worship for Israel’s children. It was there that God met Moses and the people to show his will. Interestingly, as the Israelites encamped in the desert, the tabernacle was located in the very middle of the camp, and the 12 tribes were encamped around it.
Why is the tabernacle so important? Like any aspect of the tabernacle, the tabernacle is religiously significant and has a significant meaning for Christians today because the tabernacle allows us to truly see and appreciate the form of worship that our Holy God has set for us to approach him.