Ex.25:1-9 The Tabernacle Prt.1
Intro: If you have had little kids you have probably heard this response before when asking your Kids a question concerning whythey did something - You ask why
A)They say I DONT KNOW !!!!!
B) Or this one BECAUSE - because why ? I dont know Just Because
I dont know Just because - Who CARES any way
C) Well tonight we are going to begin looking at a particular portion of Scripture that if you asked most Christians why this is in the Bible
I JUST BECAUSE
D) Why are there two different listing of the building instructions found in this Book I JUST BECAUSE WHO CARES ANY WAY !!!!
This is a Significant portion of scripture how do we know that ? God gave a lot of Chapters to it . Ch. 25-40 ( 32-34) break - / 13 Chapt.
A)I find it interesting that the Lord gives two Chapters in His word to the subject of CREATION
B)The Creation of the Stars just 6 words And He made the stars also but when it comes to this tent in the wilderness 13 Chapters WHY?
C)2nd Picture of Jesus meeting place between God & Man / 3rd Tab is a type of Christ in the Church of the communion Jesus & all believers
Although we want to focus on all 3 of those aspects We will primarily give our attention to the 2nd aspect How it Pictures Jesus
A)Now to many people pictures are exciting for good reason pictures are
Exciting when the pictures are of People you love
B) All have Scrap books / creative memories your kids your family
C) But to a Stranger they could careless those pictures are not going to mean anything slide show of your family BORING
D) Interesting once there is a connection Sharing on the plane Married any kids Yes pull out the pictures
E) Because they have Connected w/ me They are interested in the pictures of my Family
Well this section of scripture on the Tabernacle is like a Photo album of Jesus Christ See His Personality / Character / Ministry
A)I love these pictures because someone I love / Someone I am connected w
B) Themore time we give to studying these pictures the deeper we look into this subject of the Tab. / The more impressed we will become w/ J.C.
1) And the More in Love we will become w/ Him !!!
C) Now How do we know that this is a picture J.C.
D) Well in JN.1 we read -1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Now the word DWELT = Tabernacled Tabernacled among us
A)Now Jesus declared in the Volume of the Book it is written of me & this is one of the many examples -
B)What we are going to see is that every aspect of this Tent speaks to us of Christ which we are going to make note of in some very specific ways
#1 The Tab. Had a temporary Appointment :
A)The Tab was this tent of meeting that Israel was instructed by the Lord to use as a place of worship in the Wilderness
B)Diagram The Tab. Is the long rectangle inside the Dotted area Tent of skins - It was divided into two Compartments
Smaller Holy of Holies 15 by 15 Ark Shekinah
C) The Tab. Sat in the mist of this courtyard that was surrounded by this fence that was also made of skins 75 ft. wide / 150 long
D) Bronze laver where the Priest would wash after the Sacrifice was offered
1) Study the significance of all these things in coming weeks
Now where ever Israel went in the Wilderness they took this Tent w/ them Tear it down and set it up
A)But its purpose was for their time in the wilderness only it had a temporary appointment
B) Careful study of the book of Exodus will show that it was only used for 33-35 of their 40 yrs in the wilderness
C) Consider Parallel w/ Jesus although He has always existed His appointment here on earth was Temporary
D) Personal opinion that when we get to Heaven we are going to find that the time Israel used the Tab. In the Wilderness
Now the Tab. Was designed to be moved it could be dismantled w/ relative ease It was continually on the move
A)So too Jesus is on the move He uprooted out of Heaven if you would
Came to this earth
B)Ministry was marked by moving from town to town Place to place seeking those who were lost
C) He was on the move here in His ministry - / After the Rez He ascended up into Heaven where Seated at the right Hand
D) Talk w/ Aaron How do we know last days Prophecy fulfilled
E) End times growing more & more wicked Certainly the case in our world We have lost all sense of order & of Justice -
Lord Help us !!!! Lord Jesus come quickly I think that He is !!!!! Jesus is on the Move Getting ready to Return
2nd Parallel The Tab. Was used in the wilderness
A)Jesus left the throne of glory and came to this wilderness called earth
B) Jesus even spent time Literally in the wilderness where He was tempted by the Devil
C) What a contrast to the earthly kings who amass wealth for themselves
D) And in more advanced societies the Dignitaries live w/ the most Extravagant of Luxuries
E) But The Creator of all things who is called the KING OF KINGS denied Himself of everything for you and for me
dwell in this wilderness called earth so we could live w/ Him in Glory
3rd Parallel The Tab. Had a Humble outward appearance Nothing impressive tent & skins - ( Temple pictures 2nd coming )
A)Tab which pictures first coming came to Tabernacle among men wasnt an impressive structure at all
B) So too Jesus had a very Humble outward appearance- Isa.53 He had no special beauty or form to make us notice him;there was nothing in his appearance to make us desire him. ( Peoples 50 most beautiful people)
C) No glamour nor glitter again How different from the celebrities of our day dawn the most outlandish attire
D) Read Glam Rock is making a Come back Big hair spandex make up
E) Mags Best and worst Dressed Celebrities Pictures of Academy awards Most outlandish outfits
Jesus was very ordinary in His appearance didnt stick out in a crowd
A)JUDAS How will we know didnt say He will be the guy who looks like Arnold Swarz. /Be the guy in Spandex
B)Be the guy w/ the purple and orange hair and 20 earrings -
1)There was nothing about Jesus appearance that Drew attention to himself
#4 Although humble in appearance The Tabernacle was the Dwelling place of God among men
A)It was there in the mist of Israels camp that God took up His abode
( Neat Picture tribes camped around)
B) There in theHoly of Holies the glory of God DWELT
C) No lamps in the Holy of Holies because the Glory of God Lit up the room
So too although Jesus was so ordinary in His outward appearance that He would stand out in a group of men
A)He was literally the dwelling place of God amongst men !!!
B) 2Cor.5:19God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,
C) The Eternal God / the maker of heaven and earth literally Tabernacled among men We beheld His glory grace & truth
D) When did they behold His Glory ? Mtt.17 Mt of Transfig. Jesus began to shine the Glory began to shine thru His humanity
Remember how Peter responded Lord it is good for us to be here
A)Two reasons why Peter said this first told in Marks gospel He didnt know what to say Blown away say something
B)Second reason Peter experienced something that He had been longing for his entire life !!!
C) All of us have experienced theCOTTON CANDY affects of this life been attracted to certain things - think substance
D) See people pursing things this is going to be it - Not Cotton candy
Mankind is hungering for the KABOD the Glory that which has weight & meaning
A)Personally I believe in the Garden that Adam & Eve before the fall lived in the Presence of the Kabod aspect of Glory (Adam walked .)
B) But when they sinned there was ICHABOD !!!!
C) And from that time on man has been looking for some substance to bite into something weight and meaning !!
D) Pudding Man
Listen what we need is what Peter saw That which came forth from Jesus and that which was in the Tab.
A)The Tab was the dwelling place of God w/ men the Glory was there and Jesus is the dwelling place of God w/ Men Glory was in Him
B) And that is what man needs / that is what man is hungering for / desiring is the Glory / the KABOD
#5 Not only was the Tab the Dwelling place of God among men but it was the meeting place of God w/ man
A)44 times in scripture the Tab is also called the Tent of meeting it is where God met w/ man in the wilderness
B)If the Israelite desired to draw near to God He had to come to the Tabernacle
C) Jesus declared JN.14:6 No man comes to the father but by me!!!
D) People today try to meet w/ God thru a lot of different vehicles
E) Others meet w/ God in nature in the Mts in the Waves
But the only true basis & Vehicle we have for meeting w/ God is found in Jesus Christ Newsweek Young peoples interest in spiritual
A)Smorgasbord Last days Itching ears What Young people need today is see Kids there age Really Experiencing God
A)Eph.3:1212in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
B)Access = the right of entrance /Boldness = freedom of speech
1)CONFIDENCE = to feel right at home
C) It is only in Jesus that can be achieved Access by the Blood / where we can feel at home in the presence of God - Guilt removed sins forgiven
D) The Tab. Was the tent of meeting & today God the father points to His Son & says this is where I will meet w/ You !!!!
#6 The Tabernacle was the place where the Priestly family was fed
A)The Priestly family would eat of the Sacrifices that were offered
B)Now we noted in our study Sun. in 1 Pet. 2 The Lord calls us aROYAL & a HOLY priesthood
C) And I encourage you to eat of Jesus the Sacrificial lamb
D)You are our Nourishment That is what we are Celebrating in Communion.
Finally Not only a Temp. appointment / Used in the wilderness / Dwelling place of God among man / Meeting place w/ Man / Priestly family fed
A)Lastly Tab was the Center of Israels camp - Configured in Cross
B)Balaam couldnt curse Jesus became Curse He is the Center of the camp / We are gathered here tonight around Him
1) Center of the Church - Lord lead us !!!!