THE TABERNACLE IS OUR (saved or unsaved) GRAVE
10-24-21 This message may be viewed live streaming video at and today Sunday at 11:00 am, and repeated 24/7 thereafter. The video, audio, and study notes are archived.

(Exo 25:8-11)  And let them make me a sanctuary [Heb: a consecrated thing or place: chapel, holy place]; that I may dwell among [Heb: the center: midst, within] them [1].  According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern [Heb: structure; model: figure, form, likeness] of the tabernacle [2], and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.  And they shall make an ark [3] of shittim [Heb: the acacia (from its scourging thorns)] wood [4]: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof [5].  And thou shalt overlay it [Heb: cover] with pure gold [an Old Testament symbol of God], within [Heb: inside] and without [Heb: outside] shalt thou overlay it [Heb: cover], and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.
1.    (Rev 21:3)  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
2.    tabernacle = Heb: residence (including a shepherd’s hut, the lair of animals); fig. the grave.
3.    ark = Heb: (in the sense of gathering); a box: [treasure] chest, coffin.
a.    Commentary: these three “articles” are inside each box that is a treasure chest only if the person is saved (born-again, imputed for righteousness): the ten commandments, the golden pot of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, i.e, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. If the person is not saved, nothing is inside their coffin but darkness.
4.    Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary: “acacia” = A large thorny tree with rough gnarled bark and hard-grained wood.
5.    Commentary: A biblical cubit is a unit of undefined measure. Thus, the Bible description of the “ark” presents a rectangular box of unclear size, as in a (treasure) chest or a coffin, in a grave.

(Matt 13:44)  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.