“The Tabernacle is a Type of Christ”


Articles in the Ark of the Covenant




               What may seem strange to us today is that, hidden in the special golden box representing God’s presence were not treasures and precious gems, but three unlikely items: a jar of bread, a stick and two stones. What were these curious keepsakes and why did God want them in His ark?



First, the pot of manna:


“This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer [portion for one man] of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the desert when I brought you out of Egypt.’” Exodus 16:32Exodus 16:32
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32 Después dijo Moisés: --Esto es lo que Jehová ha mandado: “Llenad un gomer de él y guardadlo para vuestros descendientes, a fin de que vean el pan que yo os di a comer en el desierto, cuando yo os saqué de la tierra de Egipto”.

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           God had provided this bread like food for the Israelites when they grumbled during the wanderings in the desert. It was bread from heaven! He continued to provide the food daily and faithfully.



Second, Aaron’s staff that had budded:


             The people, out of jealousy, rebelled against Aaron as their high priest. To resolve the dispute, God commanded the people to take 12 sticks written with the names of the leader of each tribe and place them before the ark overnight. The next day, Aaron’s rod from the house of Levi had budded with blossoms and almonds. God confirmed his choice of Aaron’s household as the priestly line.


“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Put back the staff of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept as a sign for the rebels, that you may make an end of their grumblings against me, lest they die.’”  Numbers 17:10Numbers 17:10
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10 Y Jehová dijo a Moisés: «Vuelve a colocar la vara de Aarón delante del Testimonio, para que se guarde como señal para los hijos rebeldes. Así harás cesar sus quejas delante de mí, para que no mueran».

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             The staff reminded the Israelites that on more than one occasion, they had rejected God’s authority.


Third, the two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments:


           God had chosen the Israelites as His special people. For the Israelites to qualify for that distinction, God had demanded one thing. They must obey His Law, the Ten Commandments. This was a conditional agreement:


“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”   Exodus 19:5-6Exodus 19:5-6
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

5 Ahora, pues, si dais oído a mi voz y guardáis mi pacto,g vosotros seréis mi especial tesoroh sobre todos los pueblos, porque mía es toda la tierra. 6 Vosotros me seréis un reino de sacerdotes y gente santa”.i Estas son las palabras que dirás a los hijos de Israel.

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              It was impossible for them to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly. Over and over again, they violated God’s holy Law, and God made it clear to them the consequences of their sin. The stone tablets in the ark were a reminder that the Israelites had rejected God’s right standard of living.


              These three articles were preserved in the ark throughout Israel’s history as an unpleasant symbol of man’s sins and shortcomings, a reminder of how they rejected God’s provision, authority and right standard of living. It pointed to man as a helpless sinner.


The Atonement Cover


            Every year, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. Bringing burning incense to shield his eyes from a direct view of God’s glory, he sprinkled blood from a bull onto the atonement cover for his and his household’s sins, then sprinkled blood from a goat for all the sins of Israel. God did not see the sin anymore but the provision instead, and it appeased His wrath.


             But Jesus Christ has become our permanent atonement cover. Through Jesus’ blood, our sins have been covered over. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin, but the provision: His own Son. Jesus lay down His life for us as an innocent sacrifice so that God would look on us and see His perfection.  When we come to God now, we approach a throne of grace.


“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16Hebrews 4:16
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

16 Acerquémonos, pues, confiadamente al trono de la gracia, para alcanzar misericordia y hallar gracia para el oportuno socorro.

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              The study of the tabernacle is so rich in meaning to the Christian and so pregnant with Messianic significance that we can spend a lifetime in the study of it and only begin to understand the riches and the depth of truth that lies within the study of the tabernacle.  The Tabernacle will absolutely strengthen our faith in the Bible. Be assured that anyone who has delved into the wonderful details of the tabernacle will confess that the Bible is more than just a book. No man could have thought of this. The Bible is the Word of God.  “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” 2 Timothy 3:162 Timothy 3:16
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16 Toda la Escritura es inspirada por Dios y útill para enseñar, para redargüir, para corregir, para instruir en justicia,

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