I made my public profession of faith when I was 11 years old at Tabernacle Baptist church in Clinton OK. (I had already asked Jesus into my heart at about 5 years old.) I remember Pastor Paul (Ironic?) teaching about the Tabernacle. I was fascinated. I still am. Our very first homeschool project was building a small replica of the Tabernacle. (I used KONOS curriculum at the time.) The girls were only 3 & 4 at the time, so they don't remember, but it was so much fun. I had them color angels on the "curtains" and we used toothpicks for poles. I harvested various bottle caps to paint gold for the vessels. We should do it again!
Here are some points I find particularly fascinating about the Tabernacle:
- It was separate from the rest of Israel's tents. "Wherefore come out from among them, and , saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." 2 Corinthians 6:17
It was laid out in the shape of a cross:
- The Israelites were looking forward to the Messiah coming to dwell among them. Jesus came to this earth for a short time. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14
- This feast is also a reminder that this world is not our home. It's temporary. We will one day live with HIM. "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:2-3