Summary: This is a stusy of the seven pieces of furniture in the tabernacle. My main resource for this study is Kevin Conner’s book, The Tabernacle of Moses.
Central Truth: We are God’s tabernacle and God is building a place He can live in
Scripture: EXO 25:1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2 "Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering.
3 "And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze;
4 "blue and purple and scarlet yarn, fine linen thread, and goats’ hair;
5 "rams’ skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood;
6 "oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense;
7 "onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate.
8 "And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.
1. Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. The offering that God
wants from us is our lives.
ROM 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as
living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. (Niv)
2. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. God can
only work as He wants to in us when we give ourselves to Him willingly.
3. You shall take My offering. We are to give to God what he asks for, not what we decide
to give Him.
4. And this is the offering which you shall take from them
A. gold - deity and purity Rev 21:21-22
B. silver - redemption Exo. 30:11-16 atonement money (silver)
C. brass - sin and judgement of sin num. 21:5-9
D. blue - heavenly nature Exo. 24:10 A sapphire is blue Eze. 1:26
E. purple - royalty Luk. 16:19 Joh 19:1-3
F. scarlet - sacrifice Lev. 17:11 and Isa 1:18
H. white linen - righteousness Rev. 19:7-8
I. acacia wood - the humanity of Christ ( known as the incorruptible wood ) Isa. 11:1-3
J. oil - the Holy Spirit and His anointing IJo.2:20,27
K. goats hair - sin nd sin offering Lev.4:22-29 and Lev.16:15-16
L. Ram’s skin dyed red substitution Gen. 22:1-14
M. Badger’s skin (not a precious skin) the humanity of Christ Isa. 53:1-3
5. Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. The very purpose of the
tabernacle. 2CO 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with
idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them,
and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
6. Why should I study the tabernacle?
A. 2TI 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doc-
trine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man
of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
B. HEB 10:7 Then I said, ’Behold, I have come - in the volume of the book it is
written of Me - to do Your will, O God.’ "
C. GAL 3:24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we
might be justified by faith. The revelation of the tabernacle was given at the same
time that the law was given.
D. ROM 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our
learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have
Memory verse: 2CO 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."