The Holy Tabernacle and the
Bible Study of Exodus 25 Lesson 2
was the true
purpose behind the building of the Holy Tabernacle?
learned in Lesson 1 that the Ark of the
Covenant would be an earthly dwelling place for God's Holy Spirit.
But, why did He command them to build the Holy Temple?
Have the people of Israel build
me a holy sanctuary
so I can live
among them. -Exodus 25:8 (NLT)
purpose behind the building of the Holy Tabernacle
can easily be lost amongst the details.
The details have
their place. But, not at the expense of the big picture.
What is the big picture?
God can not be in the presence of
the love He holds in His heart towards man is boundless. And,
like any Lover, He does not want to be separated from His
Even if He could no
longer walk with man as He did in the garden with
Adam, He devised a plan that
would enable Him to at least live among His people.
But, any unclean thing that enters into the presence of the Lord will
perish. That was the purpose of the veil. Not as much
parental punishment, as merciful protection.
the temple of meeting
from the Ark of the Covenant. It kept God's people from His
learned about the Ark of the Covenant in Lesson 1.
God told Moses that the Mercy Seat of the
Ark of the
Covenant is where He would meet with Him (Exodus 15:22). But,
And you shall hang the veil
from the clasps
and bring the ark of the Testimony into place within
and the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place
Most Holy Place.- Exodus 26:33 (AMP)
The veil was created to
keep the Israelites, God's chosen people, away from His Holy Spirit.
The Painfully Perfect Plan
There was only
one man permitted to venture beyond that veil of the Holy Tabernacle,
enter into God's presence once each year. That was the high
priest. But, even he could not come empty handed. To
and the people of
any unrighteousness, he brought a blood
sacrifice into the Most Holy Place
entry (Hebrews 9:7).
Though the former plan lasted for a time, it could never be enough.
God's love for you is too strong. He could not bare
you living your entire life, never
being allowed into His presence for yourself.
So, God devised an even better plan.
But, it called for an even bigger sacrifice.
For the gifts and
that the priests offer
are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.
For that old system
deals only with food and drink
and various cleansing ceremonies—
physical regulations that were in effect
only until a
better system could be established.
- Hebrews 9:9, 10 (NLT)
the fall, God has been devising a "better system" to cleanse you of all
unrighteousness. The perfect plan to make you able
to commune with Him once again.
The Holy Tabernacle was merely a symbol of the final manifestation of
that plan that was hidden in Jesus (Hebrews 9:9).
A final sacrifice that would bring all other blood sacrifices
a close. One that would finally allow you to go beyond the
veil for yourself.
And Jesus cried again with a
loud voice and gave up His spirit.
And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was
torn in two
from top to bottom... -Matthew
The very instant that
Jesus died, the veil that separated you from the Holy Spirit of God was
ripped open from top to bottom!
Now, through Jesus'
blood offering, you are finally worthy to be in God's presence.
we can take the gift of God's Holy Spirit for granted. We
that the very opportunity for us to be in the presence of the Lord was
bought with the blood of Jesus.
25 Bible Study:
The Holy Tabernacle and the Veil
- Have you ever felt unworthy of entering
into God's Holy presence for yourself? Why or why not?
- Have you ever felt that there was some
unseen "veil" keeping you from the presence of God? If so,
how does knowing that Jesus' death has already ripped that veil open
for you change that?
Your loving Father
much to commune with you, that, while you were still in sin, He sent
the sinless to die so that you could be made righteous. So
that you could live your entire life in