Introduction To The Study Of The Tabernacle



Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp.  And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.  As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses.  Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent (Exod. 33:7-11 NIV).

When naming the tent, Moses had the tabernacle that was to be erected, in mind. This tent outside the camp was the place where God and Moses came together for nearly a year before the tabernacle was erected in the middle of the camp.

Our Lord Jesus Christ the Exalted, Risen Saviour’s words in Luke 24 are moving: He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” (Luke 24:25-27, 32, 44).

These words of our Lord Jesus Christ on the day of his resurrection stirred my heart. A very important question about Jesus' conversation with the disciples on the road between Jerusalem and Emmaus is: What Scriptures did Jesus Christ possibly use after His resurrection to prove all things that pertained to him?

It was the search for these answers that led to my research and study of the Old Testament - it has also led to the theme of the book: Jesus Christ in the Old Testament where this study was compiled from.

Therefore, we look at Jesus Christ in the Tabernacle, Priesthood, Offerings and Feasts of the Lord. After that, we look at the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament and we end with the possible Scriptures that Jesus would have used to prove what Scriptures relate to Him.

This is surely not the last word on this important issue in the Bible, but I trust that this study of the book - Jesus Christ in the Old Testament - will help to open our minds to a better understanding of the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).  

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