The Tabernacle: Blueprint Hebrews Chapter 9: Part 1

01 December, 2021

Hebrews 9:1-5 Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

While in the desert, the children of Israel gathered in the Tabernacle for worship.

1. God gave very specific regulations for worship under the old covenant.

2. This worship was done in an earthly sanctuary.

3. There was a tabernacle set up in the wilderness.

4. The tabernacle had two sections – the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place/ the Holy of Holies
(Exodus 26:31-33)

5. The tabernacle had two curtains – one at the entrance and one that separated the two sections

6. There was a lampstand and a table with its consecrated bread in the Holy Place.

7. The Most Holy Place had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant.

8.This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

9. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover.

When three million Israelites left Egypt and walked through the wilderness to the promised land, God decided to dwell with them through the journey. God chose to become their companion and while they pitched their tents, God too halted and dwelled in a tent and the tent that dwelled in was called ”The Tabernacle”. God became a tent-dweller for His people who were dwelling in tents. God is more than willing to leave His throne and come into our situations and circumstances.

God’s dwelling with His people – While the people of Israel wandered through the wilderness like gypsies for forty years, God too dwelled in the Tabernacle. More than being a place where the people gathered for worship, the tabernacle represented God’s willingness to dwell with His people.

The people of Israel reached the promised land, grew, multiplied and it was during King Solomon’s reign that they had a permanent temple. Until then, they only had a temporary and moreover a mobile temple.

The first temple was built by Solomon, which was later destroyed and then rebuilt by Zerubbabel. Years later, that temple too was destroyed and then Herod rebuilt the temple on the same site as the previous two temples. That was an established temple. But now, God follows the mobile temple method, where each one of us who believe in Him is the temple of the Most High. God resides in us; we are the new testament tabernacle. Our heavenly Father desires to dwell amongst us and have fellowship with us.

Much before the tabernacle was built as per God’s specifications, Moses had built ‘the Tent of Meeting’, where he’d go to meet the Lord while the Israelites lived in camps. Several times, the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites.

Exodus 33:9,10 – As Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance, and the LORD would speak with Moses. When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they would stand up and worship, each one at the entrance to his own tent.

How was this Tabernacle built?

God gave a blueprint to Moses at the mountaintop. Usually, when we plan to build a house, we’d first sit with an architect who’d draw a plan as per our requirements/demands and only after the plan is approved would we proceed to commence the house construction.

Moses sat with the chief architect, God Almighty at Mount Sinai where He prepared the plan and handed over the blueprint of the Tabernacle to Moses. In a time, where there were no such advanced facilities, God summoned Moses to the mountaintop and showed him the temple in Heaven with its sections. God wanted Moses to build a miniature form of what was shown to him on Earth, in the wilderness as the dwelling place of the Most High. The architectural drawings of the tabernacle were impressed in his spirit and God gave further instructions regarding the dimensions and materials to be used.

It’s been told that Moses, who came from the Pharaoh’s palace, had seen how pyramids were constructed using massive blocks during his first forty years of life. But God wanted him to build the tabernacle as per the blueprint that was given at Mount Sinai and not based on what he learnt from the Pharaoh.

Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded him, he set up the tabernacle and finished the work that was assigned to him. And on the inaugural day of the tabernacle, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle, such thick glory that they couldn’t even minister! Why? Because Moses did only what was commanded to him by the Lord.

Today, we are God’s temple and before we build our life we too must have a Tent of Meeting just like Moses had, where we go to meet the Lord in prayer and receive a unique blueprint of how to build our life – through visions, dreams, as a mental picture and through Scripture portions- and we must build our tabernacle accordingly- and only then would God be pleased and His glory come upon us – the temple of the Living God.

We are here on Earth with a specific purpose and for a special assignment – we must ask God for His guidance and instruction on how to build your life!

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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.

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