Introduction To The Study Of The Tabernacle



The tabernacle had its origin in God (Exod. 25:1-9; Heb. 8:5). This tabernacle that God commanded Moses to make in the desert shortly after the deliverance of Israel from Egypt is a perfect type and shadow of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Every bit of detail about tabernacle and its structure, materials, furniture and the ministry of the tabernacle reveal some or other aspect of the infinite grace, attributes, gift and personality and work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as we read in the following chapters of Hebrews:

Hebrews 10:20

Hebrews 9:2-8

Hebrews 9:11-14

Hebrews 10:1-7, 10

In studying the tabernacle, we come to understand the way that the Lord God prepared, or the steps that the Lord has put in place, so that sinful people would be able to approach a Holy God. God’s main purpose for creating man was so that He might have fellowship with man. The tabernacle was therefore the place where the Lord received the sinner (Lev. 1:4); now in the New Testament, God accepts the sinner in Christ (Eph. 1:5, 6; 2:13; Heb. 10:19, 20). The tabernacle was also the place where God forgave the guilty person (Lev. 4:20, 26, 31, & 35; Lev. 5:10, 16 & 18); now the person will receive forgiveness of sins in Christ (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14).

Tomorrow we will start looking at the detail of the Tabernacle.