The Completion of the Tabernacle

He (Jesus) believes in God’s workmanship (in perfecting our salvation) ; parallel to the prophetic picture of Moses who demonstrated his belief in God’s purpose in his attention to detail regarding the tabernacle of God. (Heb 3:2 Mirror)

In Exodus 40 we find the detailed instructions God conveyed to Moses regarding the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle Moses erected was merely a shadow of the Tabernacle Jesus would erect, a Tabernacle not made by hands – a Tabernacle made of flesh and blood

All the different requirements regarding the Tabernacle which Moses effected prefigured the reality to come and are now fulfilled in the new creation through Jesus:

And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy. (v.9)

And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy. (v.10)

And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it. (v.11)

And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water. (v.12)

And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office. (v.13)

And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations. (v.14)

The new creation is anointed and holy. Sanctification is achieved through Christ. The new man is washed and pure. Dressed in holy garments those who are sanctified are forever priests before God. The prophetic word has become substance and blessed are all those who enter this reality of perfect rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ. In the same manner as Moses completed what was commissioned him in the temporal realm Jesus completed His assignment in the spiritual realm where shadows in the natural find their completion and true authenticity.

If Moses was obedient in all God’s house and brought to completion every detail regarding the Tabernacle how much more didn’t Jesus bring to completion every detail regarding man’s salvation so that God’s eternal purposes could see fulfillment in every man, that is, mankind introduced to the Triune life which is the eternal life. We cannot conceive of this life in terms of mere abstractions. It comes to display in common lives lived by common people whose life is energized and molded by the vital force found inside the relation, that is, the Triune fellowship and camaraderie which is pulsating with joy, creativity and light, and hence this reality cannot be replaced by a thousand words, images or other abstractions.

Jesus said to the woman at the well: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23) In the time before the prophetic word became substance worshippers came to a Tabernacle made by human hands to acknowledge God’s presence. In the new dispensation true worshippers acknowledge God’s presence “not lo here or lo there” but inside every man.

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One Response to The Completion of the Tabernacle

  1. cindi estep says:

    Lovely Word Living Temple!

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