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Tuesday, May 31 2011

In The Heart Of The Tabernacle

The English word "tabernacle" originated from a Latin word, tabernaculum, which meant a shelter. In English language translations of the Holy Scriptures, "tabernacle" is used to translate two Hebrew words that, although different, referred to the same portable structure that the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') commanded Moses to construct for the housing of the Ark of the Covenant - which was to be positioned at the "heart" of the Israelite encampment (see Numbers 2:1-33, Numbers 3:38 and the diagram), with the Ark of the Covenant, containing the Law of God, at the "heart" of the Tabernacle. The Law of God was located literally at the center of the nation, physically and in practice.

The Camp Around The Tabernacle The first Hebrew word that is translated as "tabernacle" is pronounced mish-kawn; it means a residence. The other Hebrew word is pronounced oh-hale; it means a tent, or a covering. Often, as in this example, both actual Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures are used in a set of instructions, although English translators render them both with the single word "tabernacle."

"26:7 And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle [mish-kawn, meaning residence]: eleven curtains shalt thou make. 26:8 The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure. 26:9 And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle [oh-hale, meaning tent, or covering]." (Exodus 26:7-9 KJV)

Consider how understanding of the actual original words would be increased if those verses were translated literally, as they were actually intended and written (i.e. the people at the time knew exactly what they meant, and that two words were used to describe the tent that served as the residence).

"26:7 And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the residence: eleven curtains shalt thou make. 26:8 The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure. 26:9 And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tent."

"Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day"

The Tabernacle was the place where observance of the Christ-commanded Christian Holy Days (see Calendar of Christ's Holy Days) was focused, not as an end in themselves, but as living prophecies of the Christian meaning and purpose of them (keeping in mind that they were commanded to be established and observed by Christ Himself i.e. "10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV). Everything was written on stone or scrolls while, even way back in the "Old" Testament, people were expected to "write it on their hearts" by making the written Word a very part of themselves, their character (the reason that the Satanic blasphemy that "God's Law is done away" strikes at the very "heart" of righteousness).

Erecting The Tabernacle

"30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul." (Deuteronomy 30:10 KJV)

"32:46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law." (Deuteronomy 32:46 KJV)

Notice what happens when people either ignore or reject God's Law, or fail to "write it on their hearts" by not truly doing what is written.

"7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men [see Is Your Religion Your Religion?, Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah? and The By-The-Book Messiah]." (Mark 7:6-7 KJV)

The Holy Scriptures, like any "textbook," is provided in order to learn how to actual do something.

"3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." (2 Corinthians 3:3 KJV)

"4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV)

The Tabernacle itself, which was covered with skins (just as God's people are, with God's Law in their "hearts") was a living prophecy of the temporary physical life that is intended to prepare for eternal life.

"5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 5:1-5 KJV)

But humans (with one exception - the Messiah) cannot obey God's Law perfectly. The Saviour fulfills the gap, for those who seek salvation by obeying Him as best that they can (see Friends Of Jesus). The High Priest's sacrifice at Passover, and his entering the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle on the Day of Atonement (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?) were, like everything else, living prophecies of Jesus Christ.

"9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat [see Christ's Mercy Seat]; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us [see Why Was It Torn?]. 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 9:18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 9:20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:2-28 KJV)

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This Day In History, May 31

1279 BC: Rameses II ("Rameses The Great") became Pharaoh of Egypt.

526: In one of the deadliest seismic events on record, an earthquake at Antioch, Turkey, killed 250,000 people.

1223: The Battle of the Kalka River; Genghis Khan's Mongol army defeated the Kievan Rus and Cumans.

1433: Pope Eugenius IV crowned Sigismund as Holy Roman Emperor (see Emperors and Popes).

1678: Lady Godiva rode naked through Coventry, England to protest high taxation. The people took part in the protest, agreeing not to look. All kept their promise except a certain individual named Tom - hence the origin of the term "Peeping Tom."

1859: Big Ben and the famous clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, began operating.

1866: The Fenian Invasion of Canada. John O'Neill led 850 invaders across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario. After a firefight with Canadian militia and British regulars, they retreated back across the river.

1902: The Treaty of Vereeniging was signed in Pretoria to end the Boer War. Over 5,000 British troops and at least 4,000 Boers were killed in action.

1910: The Union of South Africa was founded.

1911: In Belfast, the White Star liner Titanic was launched. It sank on its maiden voyage 11 months later in April 1912.

1916: The Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars). The British Fleet under the command of Sir John Jellicoe & Sir David Beatty engaged the Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Reinhard Scheer and Franz von Hipper.

1927: The last Ford "Model T" was manufactured, ending a production run of over 15 million vehicles.

1935: An earthquake at Quetta, Pakistan killed 40,000 people.

1942: During the Second World War, Japanese Navy submarines began attacks on Sydney, Australia.

1942: During the Second World War, German warplanes bombed Canterbury, England, causing severe damage to the Canterbury Cathedral.

1961: South Africa proclaimed itself a republic and left the British Commonwealth.

1974: Israel and Syria signed an agreement concerning Golan Heights.

1985: Over 40 tornadoes struck Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead in the two countries.

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