The pattern to follow

(Exo 25:8-9) "Then have them make a sanctuary for Me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the
pattern I will show you."

God had Moses build the Tabernacle EXACTLY like the pattern He showed him. The Tabernacle was designed by God Himself. God also told Moses what to do with each item, or how to worship Him with each item. Nothing of the Tabernacle was made by man; it all came from God.

(Heb 9:23) It was necessary, then, for the
copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

The Tabernacle was not only a place of worship showed to Moses by God, but God showed Moses
the heavenly Tabernacle. This means that the Tabernacle, and later the Temple in Jerusalem, were exact copies of the place of worship in heaven. I think if we knew how God was worshiped in heaven, and He took the time to show Moses exactly how worship is done in heaven, it must benefit or help us in some way.

Pattern - (1) a repeated decorative design. (2) a regular or discernible form or order in which a series of things occur: working patterns. (3) a model, design, or set of instructions for making something. (4) an example for others to follow. (5) a model from which a mold is made for a casting.

Exodus 40 records the building the Tabernacle and the text continually says they did the work "
as the Lord commanded." They didnít take matters into their own hands. They built everything exactly like God told them to. If the Tabernacle was the made so they could worship God exactly as He desired, why donít we continue to worship God the same way? When Yeshua taught His disciples how to pray, one of the things He said was, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10)." Yeshua says we should live and experience the same things on earth, as others do in heaven.

When they built the permanent Temples in Jerusalem they did things exactly the same way. When the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, the Jewish leaders were at a loss, and they created a new religion; a new way of worshiping God. And this continued with the followers of Yeshua after that time too. But, maybe they were mistaken. Maybe we lost something.

The Manifest Presence of God

(Exo 40:34-35 NIV) Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Ryrie: The cloud of God's glory and presence showed His approval of the completed Tabernacle.

God is omni-present, or present everywhere, but this is something different, and better!

(maw-lay) - filled (SEC # 4390) to fill, be full of, fulness, satisfy,

+ have wholly

(shaw-chan) - settled (NIV), abode (KJV) (SEC # 7931) the idea of lodging, to reside or permanently stay, inhabit, dwell, (cause to) remain, rest, set (up)

God took up residence in the Tabernacle. He planned on living there forever. He had no desire to leave or move out. He wanted to unpack all His belongings and stay put forever. If anyone wanted to find Gd, you knew where to go. He was always there.

This is what made the Tabernacle special. This is what makes heaven special. Godís presence.
Godís presence was there in such a tangible, and noticeable way, that Moses could not enter it. In 2 Chronicles 5:1-14, the same thing happened in the Temple that Solomon built.

(2 Chron 5:13-14) The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: "He is good; His love endures forever." Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.

Godís presence was so noticeable and tangible that the priests could not perform their service to God. They couldnít do a thing. They were overwhelmed with Godís presence and left in awe.

(CEV) The LORD's glory was in that cloud, and the light from it was so bright that the priests could not stay inside to do their work.

(1 Cor 6:19 NIV) Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

(Message) Or didn't you realize that
your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? ... God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

The Temple was destroyed and God still wants to dwell with us permanently so He now lives inside us. The Tabernacle is special, but itís not the specific items, or what they were made of, that makes it special. It is special because it was the place God settled down and lived in. It was the place He could get together and spend time with His children.

Now that the temple is not here, God lives inside us. Our bodies are the special place He lives in. Itís special for our benefit, but Godís desire is also that people would see Him in us, like people saw Him in the Tabernacle. If God is holy, and He lives in us, then we need to be a suitable place for Him to live in. We will learn about how to become a suitable place for God to live in, when we study the altar for sacrifice and the laver, or basin, for washing. This is part of the benefit of the Tabernacle. You couldnít get into the Holy Place or Holy of Holies without first worshiping at the altar and laver. The priests had to go there first every time they went to meet with God. The same is true for us. We need to be clean and pure if we want to enter the presence of God and meet with Him.

Heaven is a wonderful place. God is there, and there is no sin in heaven. Since sin separates us from God there is nothing to separate us from God in heaven. Our relationship with God will be very special in heaven. But God is not content to sit around and wait for that day. He showed Moses how to build the Tabernacle just like the one in heaven, so that we could experience heaven on earth. He did this so we could have a relationship with Him now that is not hindered or negatively affected by sin. He gave us the Outer Court so that we could be forgiven of our sins, and washed clean and be able to come into His presence and meet with Him. Then He gave us the Holy Place so we would know how to worship Him. Yeshua told us to pray that Godís kingdom would come here on earth just like it is in heaven. God showed Moses how to build the Tabernacle so we could enter His presence now. Letís go meet with God.

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>Counting the Omer (for Shavuot)
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>God Hovers Over Us
>The Gates of the Temple
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> Worry: Who Me?
> You are the Salt of the Earth
> The Road Less Traveled
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> Take My Yoke
> Elijah: A Man Like Us
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