_ Hebrews 8:1-5 talks about the Tabernacle and how it foreshadowed the reality (the substance) of Christ. It says, “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2) a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. 3) For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. 4) For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; 5) who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "SEE THAT YOU MAKE ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN."
First and foremost, the Tabernacle is a “shadow” to reveal Christ to us; who He is and what He accomplished for us. Because we are part of the “body of Christ,” it also reveals how we are to function and grow in Christ.
As you read through all the different details of the Tabernacle, don’t forget the purpose God ordained it. He reveals it is Exodus 25:8, “let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” God desires a sanctuary (meaning: “a holy place”) that He may dwell among His people.” Jesus is the perfect Tabernacle of the Father. Jesus is God who put on flesh; He perfectly showed us the Father and paid for our redemption. Now, we must learn to abide in Christ by learning to abide in love and abide in His Word. The body of Christ is called to be His Holy Place, His Tabernacle that He can dwell in.
My desire for everyone who reads these chapters is that they don’t hear a building plan for a Tabernacle (a tent), but they see a beautiful foreshadow of Jesus Christ and our life in Him.
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2012 Bible Plan