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Sunday, November 20, 2022

The Tabernacle – Part 1 The Introduction

The Tabernacle – Part 1

The Introduction

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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The Tabernacle instructions in Exodus


·          The Book of Genesis

·          The Exodus

·          The Tabernacle

·         Introduction




So we have read the three groups of laws the Lord gave to Moses to prepare God’s people for the land he is giving them.



Today we examine the Introduction to the Tabernacle




Exodus 25Offerings for the Tabernacle

“The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.


8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this Tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.”






a.      The Israelites cried out in bondage

                                                 i.      We have discussed the allegorical meaning behind the Exodus

1.      Pharaoh is Satan

2.      Egypt is sin

3.      Moses, a type of Christ, sent by God

4.      Crossing the Red Sea, a baptism or conversion

5.      The sea swallowed the enemy is protection from Satanic forces once we are converted


                                              ii.      God told Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3:7-8 “ The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-“


                                           iii.      Now they are God’s people, there are requirements to remain His

1.      To remain God’s people, you must be obedient

a.      Adam & Eve disobeyed and were kicked out of the garden (Genesis 3)


b.     Moses broke faith in God and didn’t treat God with reverence, and was denied the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 32:51-52)

2.      You may say, yeah, but that was the Old Testament


a.      Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 lied to the Holy Spirit and were struck down


James 5:19-20 “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”


Who is he speaking to? Brothers and sisters…  “saved” Christians.

 A warning – “If one of you should wander from the truth”

 Can you walk away from the truth? Obviously, yes, the scripture says so.

 However, if someone can “bring that person back”

 Back to what? The truth!

 What happens is “whoever turns a SINNER (the believer who wandered from the truth) from the error of their way will SAVE THEM FROM DEATH and COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS.

 What death? We all have to die, believers and nonbelievers, so this isn’t the physical death he is speaking of. Instead, it is spiritual, for if this SINNER (a believer who wandered from the truth) was not brought back to the truth from the error of their ways, they would surely have died in their sins, and suffered spiritual death. The second death.

 Revelation 21:6-8 “To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

 Revelation 20:14-15 “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”


                                            iv.      Be very sure of this…there are requirements to remain God’s people. If you are not in the truth or stray from it and do not return, you are not His.


Yeah, but if you are really His, you will never stray.




Adam & Eve, Moses, what about Peter denying Christ in Luke 22:54-62?


Thankfully, Peter repented in Luke 22:62, which was far more than Peter just crying.


We later read in John 21 that after the resurrection of Jesus, He and Peter talked once more, and three times Jesus told Peter to feed His flocks. This was to show His forgiveness for the three times Peter denied Him.

 Don’t you believe that once saved, always saved?

 Yes, according to scripture. Christ died. No other or additional sacrifice is needed besides the blood of Jesus.

 John 10:27-29 “…no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

 However, it is also evident in scripture you can walk away. And if you choose to continue sinning or live in your sin, no sacrifice will save you.

 Hebrews 10:26 “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,”

 So there is a requirement to belong to God in the Old and New Testament.


1.      The Lord gave the 10 commands to teach of the need for a savior

2.      The Moral laws teach how they are to live (love) their neighbor

3.      The Ceremonial law teaches how to worship God properly



b.     The Lord sent Salvation to them/us

                                                 i.      So, when the Israelites cried out in bondage for saving, this is the cry we all have inside of us when we suffer the bondage of sin in this fallen world.


1.      God hears and answers our cry, sometimes many times in our lives, sending lights/His Word to bring us to Him


                                              ii.      Saints, who sew seed for the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and minds so that we can call out to the Lord Jesus for our Salvation, submit to Him and repent of our sins.


1.      It is then that we have followed our savior from the bondage and power of Pharaoh, and we must be truly converted.


                                           iii.      We baptize in water to symbolize this rebirth, entering the tomb and walking out changed, the symbolism of actual birth and the water coming forth.

1.      This is the second birth, the rebirth, the new creation in the Lord


                                            iv.      Then, Satan's powers are swallowed up in the waters, and he no longer has any power over us.

1.      Ephesians



c.      The Lord made them a nation, and His people

                                                 i.      He continues to do this today


                                              ii.      Through Christ Jesus, we are made His children




a.      Teach them how to live righteously, representing the Kingdom

                                                 i.      The Moral Laws


                                              ii.      This was taught by Christ as well, the Law of Love

1.      I Corinthians 13

2.      Matthew 22:36-40 ““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”


37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


b.     Teach them about Salvation in the future and the Messiah

                                                 i.      The Ten Commands

1.      Showing a need for Salvation in the Old Testament

2.      Revealing our sins and the need for Jesus's Sacrifice in the New



c.      Teach them how to worship

                                                 i.      The Ceremonial Laws

1.      In the New Testament, true worship is;


2.      John 4:23-24 “…a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”


3.      Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”




a.      The Tabernacle is an allegory

                                                 i.      Allegoric means a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.


                                              ii.      Why not, metaphorically speaking?

1.      A figure of speech is a word or phrase applied to an object or action that is not literally applicable.


2.      These are not metaphors because the Lord gave instruction and the Israelites actually built the objects


                                           iii.      This is why I repeatedly say these things are literal as well as allegoric


Sometimes I hear arguments about how there is no archeological evidence for this or that to support scripture and its claims. To which I always answer, “yet.”

 They said for centuries the Tower of Babel was just a story. Until Claudius James Rich, the first scholar to correctly identify the city famous for the Ziggurat Temple, also referred to as the Tower of Babel, in the nineteenth century.

 Or when scholars balked at the idea, King Nebuchadnezzar was real until thousands of bricks were uncovered with the inscription stamped into the clay: "Nebuchadnezzar...the eldest son of Nabopolassar, King of Babylon, am I".

 Remember, there are “stories” and “parables” in scripture. Jesus said it was to teach those who lacked understanding. However, they are noted as such and easily recognizable when taken in context with the whole of scripture.

 This is the importance of classical evangelical hermeneutics.


b.     The Coming allegories

                                                 i.      The Ark of the Covenant

                                              ii.      The Tabernacle

                                           iii.      And all of its components



c.      These things are both literal and allegorical

                                                 i.      They represent both the present as well as the future




Knowing what we now know from the light of the New Testament, we can now look back and see that God is “doing” what he taught the Israelites. This is fulfilling His promise of the covenant God made with Abraham.


Over the next few weeks, we will look closely at each part of the Lord’s instruction and see how it is directly tied to Christ. Why?


Because the Creator Himself has come to reclaim what was lost by our rebellion. He redeemed us, and we are His. This action is taught throughout the Old Testament and explained in the New Testament, and just as the Lord has fulfilled so many prophecies so far, you can rest assured that the rest will be fulfilled as well.



There is But One Redeemer, and that is Our Creator Himself




We will begin breaking down the components of what the Lord instructs Moses.



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