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Thursday, November 15 2018

A Bible Journey, 75: What Was In The Tabernacle?

"Look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the Mount"

After the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) declared His Christian Law to the Israelites (see A Bible Journey, 72: The Perfect Law Of Liberty and A Bible Journey, 70: The Christian Ten Commandments) and after they accepted His offer of deliverance, the covenant (i.e. contract) was put into writing (see A Bible Journey, 74: The Blood Of The Sinai Covenant).

The LORD then gave the instructions for the Tabernacle and its facilities that were to serve as a prophecy of Christianity, not just to one nation, but when all is done, to all nations (see The Harvest Prophecies). Keep in mind that, at this point, the Levite priesthood did not yet exist (see When Were The Levites Set Apart?).

"25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. 25:3 And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, 25:4 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, 25:5 And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, 25:6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, 25:7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.

25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. 25:9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it." (Exodus 25:1-9 KJV)

The Tabernacle

The Camp

The Tables of Stone (see Turning The Tables) were to be housed in a gold-covered Sacred Ark with a "mercy seat" on top (see Christ's Mercy Seat).

"25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 25:11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. 25:12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 25:14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. 25:15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

25:17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 25:19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." (Exodus 25:10-22 KJV)

The Ark

A table was to be made for "the table shewbread" (see Bread of the Presence).

"25:23 Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

25:24 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. 25:25 And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. 25:26 And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. 25:27 Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table. 25:28 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. 25:29 And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them.

25:30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway." (Exodus 25:23-30 KJV)


The King James Version often uses "candlestick" for the lampstand that held the oil lamps i.e. "thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it" (see The Menorah: Lighting The Way).

"25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

25:32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: 25:33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. 25:34 And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. 25:35 And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. 25:36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.

25:37 And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. 25:38 And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. 25:39 Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. 25:40 And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount." (Exodus 25:31-40 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where were the tables of stone, upon which were written the Ten Commandments, kept before the Tabernacle was constructed? Who were the only two people who were allowed near the Ark at that time?
See Why Were The Ten Commandments Kept In Moses' Tent?


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This Day In History

This Day In History, November 15

655: The Battle of Winwaed; Oswiu of Northumbria defeated Penda of Mercia. The battle is regarded by some historians to be the largest military confrontation between the early northern and southern divisions of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain.


1315: Swiss forces defeated invading Austrians at the Battle of Morgarten.

1532: Following the Caribbean-area voyages of Christopher Columbus (see the map of the Spain-sponsored voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Spanish conquistadors (conquerors) under Hernando de Soto encountered Inca leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca. The Spanish later executed Atahualpa, thereby bringing about the decline and genocide of the Inca Empire of South America.


1630: German astronomer Johannes Kepler died. He established what are now known as Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and What Is Unique About Earth's Sun And Moon?).

1660: The first kosher butcher, Asser Levy, was licensed in New Amsterdam (later renamed New York City after the British captured it from the Dutch). New York is today the largest Jewish-population city in the world (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1688: The "Glorious Revolution" began when William of Orange landed at Brixham.

William Of Orange

1859: The first modern restoration of the Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece.

1864: During the U.S. Civil War, Union general William Sherman departed on his "march to the sea," leaving much of the city of Atlanta burning into ashes.

1889: Brazil was declared a republic by Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca. Emperor Pedro II was deposed in the military coup (see also The Origin Of Politics and Republics and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).

1920: The first League of Nations session opened, in Geneva, Switzerland. After the League of Nations failed to stop the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator) from happening, it was reborn as the United Nations in 1945.

League of Nations

1939: Adolf Hitler's Nazis began the mass murder of Warsaw Jews (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1943: Nazi official Heinrich Himmler ordered that Gypsies in Nazi Germany were to be put "on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps" (see also The Character Assassins).

1948: MacKenzie King retired as Canada's 10th Prime Minister; he was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent.

1957: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bragged that Russian missiles were more accurate, and challenged U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to a rocket-range shooting match (see also The Rockets' Red Glare and Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).

1969: During the Vietnam (Civil) War, 500,000 protestors in Washington staged a peaceful "March Against Death."

1971: Intel released the world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.

1984: A human infant, "Baby Fae," died 20 days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda, California.

2007: Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh; it killed 5,000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).




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