WARNING: HAZARDOUS TO YOUR NATURAL MAN
Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. (2 Chron 15:3)
AN ORAL EXCURSION INTO A TYPE AND SHADOW OF HEAVEN
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The depth of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrine.
THE LORD GOD GAVE US TWO THINGS ATOP MOUNT SINAI:
1. THE LAW (DEATH)
2. THE PATTERN OF THE TABERNACLE (LIFE)
(Exo 25:1-9) And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto
the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering [Heb: a present,
espec. a sacrifice]: of every man that giveth it willingly with his
heart ye shall take my offering [to build the tabernacle of Moses
(i.e., “the tabernacle of God” Rev 21:7)]. And this is the offering
which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, And blue, and
purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins
dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light,
spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and
stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. And let them
make me a sanctuary [a holy place]; that I may dwell among them.
According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern [Heb: structure,
model] of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments [Heb:
furniture] thereof, even so shall ye make it. And they shall make an
ark of shittim wood: 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
1. tabernacle = Heb: a residence (including a
shepherd’s hut, the lair of animals, (fig.) the grave); also the
Temple: dwelling (place), tent.
2. ark = Heb: aron; H727; (in the sense of gathering); a box: ark, [treasure] chest, coffin.
a. H727 “aron” used 6x as “chest”
relative to money: 2 Kings 12:9,10; 2 Chron 24:8,10,11 (2x)
3. Commentary: the Tabernacle of God is a type and shadow of the Body of Christ in the Old Testament.
(Exo 25:40) And look [Heb: take heed] that thou make them after their
pattern [meaning exactly], which was shewed thee in the mount [Sinai].
DIAGRAMED PORTRAYAL: THE FIVE SENSES AND HEAVEN…
COMMON PICTORIAL ERRORS
**At least two of the latter pictures of the furniture of the tabernacle of God are incorrect.**
ERROR: THE ARK OF THE COVENANT
Commentary: Most pictorial
illustrations of the position of the two staves which were inserted
into the four rings of the Ark of the Covenant are incorrect. The
prevalent depiction illustrates the two staves positioned in the rings
of the ark as running parallel to the longest length of the ark, which
is two cubits and a half. However, we note in 1 Kings 8:8 and again in
2 Chronicles 5:9 of the temple (an advancing type of the tabernacle) of
king Solomon that when the staves were partially withdrawn from the
rings of the ark, “that the ends of the staves were seen out in the
holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without [outside
the Holy Place].” (1 Kings 8:8). This positioning clearly places the
staves parallel to the shorter sides of the ark.
We may further note that Bezaleel, the chief engineer of the
tabernacle, was commanded to cast for the ark “four rings of gold, to
be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon one side of it,
and two rings upon the other side of it.” (Ex 37:3). In this particular
usage, the primary Hebrew meaning of side is “Heb: a rib (as curved),
literally (of the body).” In application, these sides are the shorter
width or breadth of the ark, which is a cubit and a half, to either
side of our Lord God’s Shekinah presence above the ark. Please note
that two rings are attached to each side of the ark, and not to the
front nor to the rear as they would necessarily have to be should the
staves run parallel to the front and rear of the ark.
ERROR: THE ALTAR OF INCENSE
(Ex 37:25-27) And he made the
incense altar of shittim wood: the length of it was a cubit, and the
breadth of it a cubit; it was foursquare; and two cubits was the height
of it; the horns thereof were of the same. And he overlaid it with pure
gold, both the top of it, and the sides thereof round about, and the
horns of it: also he made unto it a crown of gold round about. And he
made two rings of gold for it under the crown thereof, by the two
corners of it, upon the two sides thereof, to be places for the staves
to bear it withal.
Commentary: Please immediately note our Lord’s plain statement of
description that the Altar of Incense had only “two rings,” that it was
“foursquare,” and that the two rings were attached to the “two corners”
thereof. With this information given to guide us, there can only be one
possible explanation. The correct explanation is that one ring each was
attached to two opposing corners, and that one stave each was inserted
into the one ring at those opposing corners, and that the Altar was
therefore borne up, perfectly balanced, with a non-ringed corner in the
lead and pointing forward and a non-ringed corner pointing behind.
Are these two very common errors in our perceptions of God's tabernacle
significant? Yup! You better believe it! The composition, function,
appearance, and description of every single article of furniture in the
tabernacle of Moses, and the tabernacle itself, is inconceivably
significant for they are all part of the Body of Christ. Our Lord God
esteemed them worthy according to the pattern, and delivered them to us
atop Mount Sinai along with the Law. Each item is therefore directly
relevant to the doctrine of Christ.
(Ex 25:40) And look [Heb: take heed] that thou make them after
their pattern [that means exactly], which was showed thee in the mount.