The Tabernacle and Jesus Christ

Have you ever wondered how all the descriptions of the tabernacle in the book of Exodus relate to us? Or if there is a greater purpose than to know how to draw the thing for books? In many ways it points us to the work and person of Jesus Christ.

Here is a short paragraph describing how the tabernacle and various elements in it point to Jesus. It is taken from Eugene Merrill’s book A Historical Survey of the OT, chapter 5.

“No doubt the tabernacle and its furniture have great typical meaning [regarding how they point beyond themselves], though interpreters sometimes read far more into it than can be justified by sound hermeneutics and biblical theology. For example, the showbread does speak of the fact that Jesus is the Bread of Life, and the candlestick typifies that he is the Light of the world. The altar of burnt offering is a reminder of Calvary, where the Lamb of God died for the sins of the world, and the altar of incense is a type of prayer, even for the Christian. The veil, especially, is a type of the body of the Savior, and it is striking that when his body was impaled on the cross the veil of the temple at Jerusalem was torn in two, from top to bottom. The writer of Hebrews verifies this type when he declares that the veil indeed represented the body of the Lord (Heb. 10:20).”

Hopefully next time you are reading through those passages you will have a greater appreciation for how God was preparing the world for his coming in the person of Jesus Christ.

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