INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE TABERNACLE
Christ confirmed that the tabernacle was solely about Himself and His work of atonement, when He spoke to the people of Emmaus: And beginning at Moses (Tabernacle offerings & the law) and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself (Luke 24:27). Furthermore, we read in Romans 15:4: For whatever things were written before were written for our learning. Again we read in 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
As a Messianic Jew aptly remarked: ‘The Old Testament is the lock, the New Testament is the key; what is the use of a lock without a key?’ In the same way, knowledge of the Old Testament is necessary to correctly understand the New Testament. The two complement each other and form one perfect whole.
A further reason why the study of the tabernacle is considered important is seen in the fact that God only devotes two chapters to the subject of creation, chaos, re-creation of the earth and the creation of man (Gen. 1 and 2), while He devotes no less than 50 chapters (13 in Exodus; 18 in Leviticus; 13 in Numbers; 2 in Deuteronomy and 4 in Hebrews) to the tabernacle and the accompanying rituals. The tabernacle and all the ritual sacrifices were shadows of Christ’s incarnation. This tabernacle was a type of the heavenly one, as recorded in Hebrews 8:5; 9:24.
We hope that this study will give you insight and open up the scripture in an exciting new way.