Day 96 - Ex. 25, Verses 1-22

Today we start to read one of the most interesting and instructive subjects of the Old Testament... the TABERNACLE. See the Diagram.
In the Garden of Eden, sin entered through disobedience, and death by sin. Because of the holiness of God, the man and the woman must be driven out of God's Presence. The first creation was thus ruined and the whole human race has fallen. But locked in the heart of God was a secret... that He would send His beloved Son to this earth to become a Man. Through His life, death, blood and resurrection a NEW CREATION would be made which would never fail. God wanted to give a picture of this... and the TABERNACLE is that picture. Stop and read Heb. 8:55Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount. (Hebrews 8:5) and 9:8, 9, 11 and 10:1, 19, 20.
V. 1-7 The people were asked to offer the necessary materials with which to build the tabernacle. "Every man that giveth it willingly with his heart". It needed to come from the heart.
V. 9 Not one detail was left to Moses... his responsibility was merely to carry out what God Himself had shown him as a pattern. Nor does God give you and me any choice as to how He is to be worshipped. All denominations are the result of man setting up his own ideas as to how God is to be worshipped see 1 Tim. 1:33As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:3).
V. 10-22 THE ARK. The last verse shows us the all-importance of this plain wooden box, covered with pure gold. It is a picture of Christ, through Whom all divine truth is given us (John 14:66Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)). This ark was made up of three parts. The box which at first, contained only the two stones on which God had written the ten commandments. But completely covering this box was a slab of pure gold, called the mercy-seat. On this was sprinkled blood. What a beautiful picture this is of Christ, the One Who is holy, sinless and undefiled Heb. 7:2626For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (Hebrews 7:26), Whose blood has been shed, Who is our "mercy-seat", and the Mediator between God and us (1 Tim. 2:55For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)). The third part was the cherubim, heavenly beings, with wings outstretched over the mercy-seat. They picture the power of God to punish any disobedience of the ten commandments. But notice they are still; they just gaze on the blood. For us, the blood of Christ has been shed for the punishment of the sins each believer has committed. Now no judgment can fall on us. Rom. 8:1,5:1.