EAD EXODUS 26
Yesterday we saw the intense barriers between God’s presence and God’s people in the Tabernacle design. We’ll flesh this out a bit more in the coming days of study, but today let’s revisit some of the other design elements that make the Tabernacle unique and teach us about the character of God.
Remind yourself: What did we say in Day I on this week’s study about the Tabernacle? Recall our word study. What did it teach us about what the Tabernacle is?
The Tabernacle is the place where God dwells. From where is God coming? Put another way: if God is moving into the neighborhood, from where is He moving?
God is coming to dwell among His people. This is the promise of the Tabernacle. And this promise entails a descent from heaven, God’s eternal dwelling place, to earth. So it should not surprise us, then, that God’s dwelling place on earth would resemble His dwelling place in heaven. We see heavenly language and heavenly imagery used throughout the design plans for the Tabernacle.
Look back through chapters 25 and 26. What heavenly imagery do you notice? Note several and what they teach God’s people about the place He eternally dwells.
Ark of the Covenant:
Cherubim (where are they and what are they doing?):
Because God is coming to dwell among His people for the first time, He kindly teaches them about His ultimate throne by instructing them to incorporate elements of heaven in the earthly dwelling they will build for Him. The Ark of the Covenant resembles and represents God’s throne, and there’s no mistaking that this seat of authority and worship is at the very center of the Tabernacle construction. The cherubim are surrounding God’s throne, attending to God in worship and service. They are permanently fixed, giving Him honor and glory without end. They also line the curtain of the Tabernacle. Like the angel we learned guarded the way to the tree of life at the Fall, they guard the doorways and walls of the Tabernacle, lest anyone seek to gain access through unholy measures. And, at every turn, there is a thick wall of separation – a curtain or a veil – that surrounds God’s presence and holiness. His presence is preserved, and, as such, His people are protected.
The Tabernacle was an earthly representation of God’s holy dwelling place in heaven. In His holiness and kindness, God instructed His people to build Him an earthly home that resembled His eternal home, embedding bits of heaven in every corner of His earthly abode. And while we may be tempted to read these verses with a bit of apathy, we are reminded in these seemingly mundane instructions: this is God’s reality. Being constantly worshiped, consistently kept from the presence of sin by His own power and holiness, enthroned in the ultimate position of authority: THIS is God’s every-day reality! The Tabernacle stands as just a glimpse at this ultimate reality: if we were to slice heaven open, this is what we would see!
Meditate on God’s eternal throne of authority and constant worship by angels for a moment. How does this reminder draw you to worship God?
PRAY & REFLECT
Praise God for His holiness and authority. Thank Him for giving you a glimpse of His reality in the Tabernacle design. Ask Him to give you a heart of worship that honors Him as Lord.