The Tabernacle: The Holy Place Hebrews Chapter 9: Part 3

03 December, 2021

Hebrews 9. 1-5

The Holy Place which is inside the tent measured 30 ft in length and 15 ft in width. The three things we see in this holy place are : The golden table of Consecrated Bread, the golden lamp stand, the golden altar of incense.

Golden Table Of Consecrated Bread

It is 3ft long , 1.5 ft width and 2.3 ft high and made with Acacia wood and covered with gold. There was a pole on the four corners since it had to be carried. There were twelve consecrated or show breads on it which represented the twelve tribes of Israel. Numbers have great significance in the Bible. Twelve is also very significant. The Bread shows Jesus who came down from Heaven. It nourishes us. This bread could be eaten only by the Priests. David was the only one who was not a priest who ate it. But he also did the ministry of priests and so was excused. The people could not eat it but the priests represented the twelve tribes and ate on their behalf.
The Golden Lampstand.

It was also called the menorah. It has seven candlesticks and firstly shows the Holy Spirit. We read about the seven spirits in the Book of Revelation and Zechariah. It shows the presence of the Holy Spirit in the tabernacle. In the New Testament, we are the temple of God and his Holy Spirit lives inside us.

Isaiah 11.2 speaks of the seven spirits ; “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—”

The seven spirits show the seven eyes of the Holy Spirit which can see everything.
Secondly, we see in Revelation 2,3 that the seven lampstands show the seven churches. Revelation 2.1 These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. Verse 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

The Golden Altar Of Incense

This is a small square box of 1.5 ft side and 3 ft height made of acacia wood and covered with gold.

Exodus 30.1-8 “Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense. It is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high—its horns of one piece with it. Overlay the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it. Make two gold rings for the altar below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it. Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Put the altar in front of the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law—before the atonement cover that is over the tablets of the covenant law—where I will meet with you. Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps. He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the LORD for the generations to come.

This was done in the Old testament times but we do not have to do it now.

Revelation 5.8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

The incense in the Old Testament is the prayers of God’s people to be done without ceasing and giving up.

Luke 18.1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

1 Thessalonicans 5. 17 pray continually (without ceasing).

This pattern of the earthly tabernacle and the rituals does not exist anymore.

John 4.21 Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

In the Acts of the Apostles, although the Apostles initially worshipped in the Temple,it was later destroyed in AD 70. The Apostles worshipped God in different places which includes river sides to prisons. Worship was not limited to buildings; instead God lives in temples built by him. We are the human temples in which he dwells.

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