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Tabernacle of Testimony

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Exodus 25:8 – “Then have them make a sanctuary for Me, and I will dwell among them.” (NIV)

Acts 7:44 – “Our forefathers had the tabernacle of testimony with them in the desert. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen.” (NIV)

Displayed in Lancaster County Pennsylvania is a full size replica of the Biblical Tabernacle designed from the details described throughout the book of Exodus. I had the opportunity to visit this exhibit years ago when my Bible group was studying the symbolism and significance of the Old Testament sacrificial system. According to the book of Hebrews, the tabernacle foreshadowed the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. Seeing this amazing reproduction brought to life these great biblical events of the bible. Through this experience, I gained a new appreciation for Christianity’s rich heritage, which is rooted in Judaism.

It has been mentioned by Bible critics that certain heathen religions at the time of Moses practiced a similar form of worship to their gods. Yet, they overlooked one very important aspect which made Israel’s tabernacle unique – it was the only tabernacle which housed the Shekinah glory of God; a wonderful testimony to all peoples of His supernatural presence among Israel and those who served Him.

The wilderness tabernacle is just one link in the chain of God’s holy dwellings. The temple of Solomon supersedes the tabernacle until the glory is seen by the prophet Ezekiel departing on account of Israel’s sin (Ezekiel 10:18). However, four hundred years after God spoke through Malachi, He is once again tabernacled among us in human flesh. And the apostle John testifies: “We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV).

As Christians, we are being built into a spiritual house in which God’s Spirit dwells. Together let us offer the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving from our hearts. Finally, one day we will hear the same voice John heard in Revelation 21:3 saying: “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (NIV) Until the end of our earthly journey, God has pitched His tent among us and the glory of the Lord will remain in our midst being fully revealed throughout eternity.

Father, we thank You for the tabernacle of testimony which bears witness to Your presence in this world. Permit us to enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts so we may offer Your sacrifices of praise. May the glory of Your presence abide with us and may we dwell in Your courts all the days of our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. In His Name we pray. Amen.

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