The Day of Atonement just ended, so what comes next in God's Holy day Schedule? It's a week-long celebration of feasting and fun called Tabernacles, or tents... It when God's people were told to live in temporary tents for 8 days. Why? You may ask. The reason is that this celebration is central to the message Jesus brought forth!
In John 1:14 we read,
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt (Greek word we translated “dwelt” is “tabernacle”) among us.
It was 3,500 years ago / 1,500 before Christ / God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle.
Tabernacle was a tent. “The tent of meeting.”
The tabernacle was filled with symbolism.
Tabernacle / everything in it/ a symbol / or a type / picture / an object lesson / picture story Person / work/ Jesus /salvation.
Theologically, it is of immense importance; Genesis only 5 words are given to the creation of billions of galaxies.
Gen. 1:16, “He made the stars also.”
For the tabernacle, its construction, its significance, 50 chapters.
The tabernacle also gives us a glimpse of what the throne room in heaven is like! Heb. 9:24…
For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
One of the lessons God wanted to teach was that He wanted to be in the midst of His people.
The Tabernacle was situated right in the middle of the Israelite encampment. When the Tabernacle was set up, the nation of Israel surrounded it. Three tribes set up their tents to the North, three to the South, three to the East, and three to the West.
And right in the middle of them all was God’s tent… His tabernacle.
But even when the people moved from place to place and the tabernacle had to be torn down and moved, EVEN THEN, God’s Tabernacle was the center of His people.