The Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple as Figures of the New Covenant

I know I’m probably late to the party and sharing something most of you know, but I got a great picture this morning of how the tabernacle (and Solomon’s temple) reveal salvation in Christ.

First, all the furniture is in the shape of the cross: first the altar and then the bath outside; in the holy place is the showbread on one side and the lamp on the other, with the altar of incense in front of the veil; finally the ark and the cherubim above it in the most holy.

We enter the holy place first by the altar, then the bath. This represents Jesus’ sacrifice and our baptism. When we come into the holy place there is the table of bread and the lamp that lights, which never goes out. This is obviously the light gives us and the communion table where we both remember Jesus’ death and always share a meal with him and one another. The table of incense represents prayer, and in prayer we can enter the holy of holies, to commune with God between the cherubim, which represents heavenly places. We never come into the most holy without the blood of sprinkling, but it is confident access (Eph. 3:12) that we have to the throne by the blood.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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