THE TABERNACLE OF MOSES IS THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST (Chapter 1)
"a body hast thou prepared me...Then said I, Lo, I come
THE LORD OUR GOD IS BUILDING SOMETHING
God speaks to us in symbols because His language is incomprehensible to us. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. A human language is a code consisting of words and numbers which God uses to relate His thoughts. To do this, He must compress His incomprehensible thought way down into a very particular tiny little symbol that we can understand. We must, therefore search out His Word beyond its outward meaning for those inner and higher thoughts if we are to seek His face. To this end, He has given us an indwelling teacher ever ready to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Praise God. Frequently, the number used by God is the message rather than any linear application. For example: eight = new beginning; seven = completion; six = man; etc. Such would seem to be the case at hand regarding cubits. We will deal with number meanings in a later chapter.
The tabernacle structure is a covered tent measuring 10 cubits wide by 30 cubits long. The length runs from east to west and the width from south to north. The only opening in the tabernacle is a 10 cubit wide linen "door" of many colors to the east. The door consists of five linen strips of: fine linen (white), blue, scarlet, and purple. "I am the door."
INSIDE THE TABERNACLE
*And there will I meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. (Ex 25:22)
There is no floor. The earth is the floor of it.
SIDE #6763: RIB
FURNITURE WITH SIDES #6763: RIBS
*And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one SIDE of it, and two rings in the other SIDE of it. (Ex 25:12)
The ark of covenant is that material representation, or pattern, of God's presence here on earth. It contained the two tables of testimony, the golden pot of manna, and Aaron's rod that budded. We note that only two sides of this rectangular ark are mentioned for He created us in His image. The brasen altar of sacrifice is the only other article of furniture with #6763 ribs:
*And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two SIDES of the altar, to bear it. (Ex 27:7)
The brasen altar of sacrifice is the first article of furniture that we come to upon entering the court of the congregation.
*I am THE WAY, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
The brasen altar of sacrifice has ribs and His name is Jesus Christ. Praise God.
TABERNACLE WITH SIDES #6763: RIBS
*And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one SIDE of the tabernacle, And five bars for the boards of the other SIDE of the tabernacle.... (Ex 26:26,27a)
So we have ribs on two sides of this tent structure also. Interestingly, the part of this tent toward the east is never mentioned as a "side" for it is not. Neither are the parts of the ark of covenant and brasen altar of sacrifice toward the east and west spoken of as "sides." Although, these shapes are rectangular. Could Somebody be telling us something?
THE TWO SIDES WESTWARD
*...and five bars for the boards of the SIDE [#6763] of the tabernacle, for the two SIDES [#3411] westward. (Ex 26:27b)
What is this? Just when we are starting to get a handle on this rib thing we find an anomaly in the pattern. How can the same side westward be two different kinds of sides, both #6763 and #3411? Further and even more perplexing, how can the side westward be the "two sides westward?" Is that possible? A misprint? No. This same exact reference to the "two sides westward" is found in Ex 26:22,23,27 and Ex 36:27,28,32. This reference usage of #3411 also appears in a couple of other interesting places in the Bible.
SIDES #3411: THIGHS
SIDE #3802: SHOULDER
*The hangings on the one SIDE [#3802] of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. And on the other SIDE [#3802] shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. (Ex 27:14,15)
The gate was 20 cubits wide in the center between one fifteen cubit shoulder to the right, and one fifteen cubit shoulder to the left. Hallelujah!! Our BODY now has RIBS, TWO THIGHS, and SHOULDERS.
*But thou shalt APPOINT THE LEVITES over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and overall things that belong to it: THEY SHALL BEAR the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and THEY SHALL MINISTER unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle. And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites SHALL TAKE IT DOWN: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites SHALL SET IT UP: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. (Num 1:50,51)
The Levitical priesthood has been "taken" by the Lord. They are His. They are ministers. Their ministry is to "minister" to the tabernacle (body). The Levitical priesthood is to "bear" the burden of the tabernacle (body), to carry the body as the Holy Spirit leads. They follow the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. They are to bear this burden by walking on their feet. The Levitical priesthood is the feet of the body. They are wholly the Lord's, and as such, they are Holy. The tabernacle is Holy. In Numbers chapter four the Holy feet of the Holy body are each specifically assigned a burden to bear.
The entire tribe of Levi is Holy and consecrated to the service of God and the tabernacle (body). However, the family of Aaron is separated within the priesthood as the High Priest family, with special service. Only the priests of the Aaronic family could enter into the tabernacle itself, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Only the High Priest could enter into the Most Holy Place and that on one day a year. This day was celebrated as the Feast of Atonement. This was the sixth feast of seven feasts celebrated during the religious year. Six is the symbol of man. In Genesis chapter 1 God created and completed man on the sixth day.
*And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen 1:31)
*But who may abide THE DAY OF HIS COMING? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a REFINER'S FIRE, and like FULLERS' [cleaners'] SOAP: And he shall sit as a REFINER and PURIFIER of silver: and he shall PURIFY the sons of Levi, and PURGE them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. (Mal 3:2,3)
*And some of them OF UNDERSTANDING shall fall, TO TRY THEM, and TO PURGE, and to make them WHITE, even TO THE TIME OF THE END: because it is yet for a time appointed. (Dan 11:35)
*Many shall be PURIFIED and made WHITE, and TRIED; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but THE WISE SHALL UNDERSTAND. (Dan 12:10)
We must be purged and cleansed, and be forgiven, pardoned, and covered by the blood for all our current sins (I John 1:8-10). Then all our sin past and present will be wholly removed. In place of the expunged sin, we will receive the full mind of Christ. Then we will be restored to that complete man in whom God saw that "it was very good."
OUR LORD GOD IS BUILDING SOMETHING
*And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the PERFECTING of the saints, for the work of the MINISTRY, for the EDIFYING of the BODY of CHRIST. (Eph 4:11,12)
It is His hand. The body is the tabernacle tent itself. The hand ministers to the body. These ministers "touch" for the body of Christ. This is the Aaronic priesthood within the Levitical priesthood. These are the hands of the body. The difference in service becomes clearer as we look at Numbers 4:15.
*And when AARON AND HIS SONS have made an end of COVERING the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; AFTER THAT, the sons of Kohath shall come to BEAR IT: BUT THEY SHALL NOT TOUCH any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the BURDEN of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation. (Num 4:15)
Should the Levites other than Aaron and his sons "touch" any holy thing, they die! The feet are not to "touch" any holy thing lest they die. Why? Because of their contact with the defiling earth. The feet are to bear the burden of the tabernacle, which the Aaronic priesthood shall "cover" with their hands. Deacons and elders assist the hand ministry and minister to the court of the congregation. They bear their assigned burdens as part of the Levitical priesthood. The deacons and elders are the feet of the body. Our BODY now has RIBS, TWO THIGHS, SHOULDERS, HANDS and FEET.
*And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have NO INHERITANCE in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I AM THY PART and thine INHERITANCE among the children of Israel. (Num 18:20)
*After these things the word of the LORD [Jesus Christ] came unto Abram in a vision, saying, FEAR NOT, Abram: I AM THY SHIELD, AND THY EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD. (Gen 15:1)
Although the Levitical priesthood received no part of the land, they did receive 48 cities located on both sides of the Jordan river in which to live. They also received the tithe for their sustenance.
*And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the TENTH in Israel for an INHERITANCE, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. (Num 18:21)
Holy goes to Holy. The Levitical priesthood is Holy, and the tithe is Holy:
*And concerning the TITHE of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the TENTH shall be HOLY unto the LORD. (Lev 27:32)
In these last days of great apostasy which anticipates the Day of Atonement when Christ Jesus will return with the great restoration may we hear the words of Nehemiah:
*And I perceived that the portions of the Levites HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN THEM; for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field. Then contended I with the rulers, and said, WHY IS THE HOUSE OF GOD FORSAKEN? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place. (Neh 13:10,11)
SIDE #6285: MOUTH
There were 48 boards "for the tabernacle of shittim wood, standing up" (Ex 36:20), overlaid with gold. These boards supported the tabernacle. They are a symbol of men covered with God's glory. There were 48 cities given to the Levitical priesthood in which to dwell. Twenty boards were the south side, and twenty boards the north side, and six boards for the two sides westward. An additional single board braced and supported the southwest corner and an additional single board braced and supported the northwest corner. Six of the Levitical cities were designated as Cities of Refuge. In cases of unintentional manslaughter a man would flee into the closest of these cities for protection from the victim's avenging family. An eye for an eye. These six cities of refuge were separated three to the east of Jordan, and three to the west of Jordan. Isn't that fascinating?
In addition to being the ribs standing (Eph 6:10-18) in support of the body, as mouth the Levitical priesthood "speaks" to the people. That they are indeed commanded to "speak" is made clear by a description of their 48 cities in Numbers 35 wherein only #6285 mouth is employed for side:
*And the suburbs of the cities, which ye shall give unto the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city and outward a thousand cubits round about. And ye shall measure from without the city on the east SIDE [#6285] two thousand cubits, and on the south SIDE [#6285] two thousand cubits, and on the west SIDE [#6285] two thousand cubits, and on the north SIDE [#6285] two thousand cubits; and the city shall be in the midst: this shall be to them the suburbs of the cities. (Num 35:4,5)
Someone was doing some shouting there!! Further, a vision of the future millennial Oblation and Sanctuary is found in Ezekiel 47 and 48. The descriptions employed therein concerning the disbursement of the promised land to the tribes of Israel are side #6285. Thus the sides which are the borders of the tribes and the borders of the earthly city of Jerusalem are also the mouths of the land. Through these mouths all of God's people shall "speak" to all the world during the millennium. Everybody is gonna be shoutin' then! Hallelujah!! A prophetic fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 resulting in Revelation 21:1, The End. What? Know ye not that Christ Jesus is multi-dimensional?
This same side #6285 = mouth is used when describing the court of the tabernacle/congregation fine linen (white) enclosure/fence. Well, you tell me: is it an enclosure or a fence? Kinda depends doesn't it? The south, north, and west sides are all denoted as #6285 mouth. This excludes the side to the east which always remains shoulders. These mouth sides represent the people of the congregation clothed in white linen as they "speak" to other people inside and outside the congregation, before the millennium. This is their "witness." Interestingly, the tabernacle boards which are the Levitical priesthood are denoted both ribs as part of the body, and mouth that speaks. Whereas the three sides of the court of the tabernacle/congregation are only designated as mouth sides (Ex 27:9-13; 38:9-13). They are, however, attached to the shoulders much in appearance as unto a fine linen (white) garment. Shoulders has an additional #3802 meaning: TO CLOTHE. The WORDS that we SPEAK from our MOUTH are a COVERING, a fine linen (white) GARMENT before the Lord. The CHURCH is the GARMENT and prophetic bride (married wife, Isa 54:1; Jer 3:14) of the BODY.
THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH WILL COME FROM THE EAST
*for the LORD hath created a NEW THING in the earth, A woman [the church garment] shall COMPASS a man. (Jer 31:22b)
*[She] I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. [He] Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee. (Song of Solomon 1:1; 4:7)
GOD HAS A PLAN AND A PATTERN.
Our BODY now has RIBS, TWO THIGHS, SHOULDERS, HANDS and FEET, it SPEAKS, and has a GARMENT. But what does it say?
GOD IS BUILDING SOMETHING
Jesus Christ is that "new heart," that "heart of flesh." The Holy Spirit is that "new spirit... my spirit," the Spirit of God: the breath of God.
*And the Word was made FLESH, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
The entire body of Jesus Christ is the entire Word of God. The entire Bible is the body of Jesus Christ.
*Think not that I am come to destroy the LAW, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to FULFIL. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the LAW, till all be FULFILLED. (Matt 5:17,18)
Jesus came to fulfill the law in Himself, in His own body. Jesus Christ is the law made flesh, in a body. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law, and He added grace and mercy (heart) to the law. The linear law became, spatial, multi-dimensional. It could stand up and talk and walk. He is what we are becoming. The tabernacle, which is His/our body, the body of Christ, is the embodiment of all the law. Together, these two linear gifts, the law and the pattern of the tabernacle, are becoming a new multi-dimensional body, a new creature in Christ Jesus.
The law is linear. The law is one-dimensional. The law is mechanical. It demands absolute perfection. It is a perfect machine. It is a perfect killing machine. It is not human. It is not possible for a normal human being to fulfill the law because we are not perfect. The law is lines etched on stone. It is a draftsman's plan. The law is a blueprint. A blueprint is a pattern. The tabernacle was given to Moses in pattern form. Both the gift of the law and the gift of the tabernacle were linear, because, that is the only code that we could then understand. Jesus Christ was perfect. He perfectly fulfilled the law. He added love to the law. The law became human.
*Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS. (Matt 22:37-40)
All the law of 613 laws, ordinances and judgments is in these two commandments, but Jesus Christ had to die to give the law life (John 12:24). He did everything the law demanded. It demanded perfection. He was perfect. It demanded death for sin. He died. He was the law, and the law died with him and in Him, and was resurrected into life.
*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. (Rev 21:3)
God is not linear. He is spatial. He is multi-dimensional. He is Spirit. Our BODY now has RIBS, TWO THIGHS, SHOULDERS, HANDS and FEET, a MOUTH that SPEAKS, HEART, SPIRIT, FLESH and BREATH.
FLESH AND BLOOD
The Word in red. The Word that Jesus spoke in the New Testament is the blood of the body. "Drink ye all of it."
*Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I AM THAT BREAD OF LIFE. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I AM THE LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven: if any a man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and THE BREAD that I will give IS MY FLESH, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, EXCEPT YE EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN, AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, YE HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. HE THAT EATETH MY FLESH, AND DRINKETH MY BLOOD, DWELLETH IN ME, AND I IN HIM. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is the bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread SHALL LIVE FOR EVER. (John 6:47-58)
We have the blood. Do I hear a chorus of Praise Gods?? Yes. And I hear the angels singing. Hallelujah! Our BODY now has RIBS, TWO THIGHS, SHOULDERS, HANDS and FEET, a MOUTH that SPEAKS, HEART, SPIRIT, FLESH, BREATHE, and BLOOD.
*The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of BONES, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, THEY WERE VERY DRY. And he said unto me, Son of man, CAN THESE BONES LIVE? And I answered, O LORD GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O YE DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. Thus saith the LORD GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause BREATH to ENTER INTO you, and ye shall live: And I will lay SINEWS upon you, and I will bring up FLESH upon you, and COVER you with SKIN, and put BREATH in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a SHAKING, and the bones came TOGETHER, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the SINEWS and the FLESH came up upon them, and the SKIN COVERED them above: but there was no BREATH in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the WIND, prophesy, son of man, and say to the WIND, Thus saith the LORD GOD; Come from the four winds, O BREATH, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the BREATH came into them, and they lived, AND STOOD UP UPON THEIR FEET, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man, THESE BONES ARE THE WHOLE HOUSE [TABERNACLE] OF ISRAEL: behold, they say, Our bones are DRIED, and our HOPE is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the LORD GOD; Behold, O MY PEOPLE, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O MY PEOPLE, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put MY SPIRIT IN YOU, and ye shall live, and I shall PLACE you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have SPOKEN it, and PERFORMED it, saith the LORD. (Ezek 37:1-14)