They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God. Exodus 29:46 NIV
Today, we don't have to go to a Tabernacle to find God or walk through a gate to know that we are forgiven. How can we find forgiveness with God and friendship with Jesus?
Each component of the Tabernacle was a symbol for how to live in God’s presence. More importantly, the pieces symbolized how we would live in God’s presence today. The first sight in the outer court was the Bronze Alter, the reminder that forgiveness comes through a sacrifice, we know today, that Jesus was the sacrifice for sins when he died on the cross. The next piece of furniture in the outer court was the Bronze Laver, a special sink where the priest had to wash in order to enter the presence of God. It reminds us that we must be washed clean by Jesus sacrifice in order to come to God and live with Him in His house forever.
The Inner Courts was called the Holy Place and included the Table of Showbread, the Lampstand and the Altar of Incense. The Table of Showbread was a table with 12 loaves of bread, which symbolized the 12 tribes or families of Israel and represented the importance of fellowship and living well together. Across from the Table of Showbread was the Lampstand, which was hammered out of pure gold. It had six branches surrounding one central branch and were all lit with olive oil. The branches were to remain burning at all times. The Lampstand was the only light in the Holy Place and it represented telling others about God. Finally, the Altar of Incense sat in front of a curtain that led to the Holy of Holies. The priests were to use special incense that God told them to burn at the Altar of Incense. The incense reminds us of the prayers that go up to God like a sweet smell.
The High Priest only went in the Holy of Holies once a year on the day of atonement. Atonement is something that pays for our sins. Inside there was just one piece of furniture and it was the Ark of the Covenant and the Atonement cover or Mercy Seat. When Jesus died, the Veil was torn in half and this showed that the Holy of Holies was open. What this means for believers is that through the death of Jesus, we can access God anytime we want. We can communicate with God on our own. The cover was the Mercy Seat. The name of reminds us that Jesus' death covers our sins forever if we choose to accept Him as our savior.
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