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  • Overview of the study on the tabernacle and its significance.
  • Emphasis on the importance of God’s presence among His people.

The Covenant and the Tabernacle

  • Explanation of the concept of covenants in the Old Testament.
  • God’s covenant with Abraham as an example.
  • The idea that God made a covenant with Himself.
  • Connection of the two tablets to the covenant.
  • God’s affirmation of being the initiator and keeper of the covenant.

The Tabernacle as a Special Place of Worship

  • Description of the tabernacle’s significance to God.
  • Emphasis on worship and assembly as integral parts of Israel’s identity.
  • Highlighting God’s love for gatherings and worship.
  • The central role of worship in the lives of the Israelites.

The Establishment of the Tabernacle

  • Historical context of the Israelites becoming a nation in bondage.
  • The centrality of God in their identity.
  • The necessity of having God-centered worship in all aspects of life.

The Temple and Its Meaning

  • Introduction to the temple as a permanent version of the tabernacle.
  • Exploring the names given to the tabernacle: “dwelling place,” “tent of meeting,” “tent of testimony,” “holy place.”
  • Significance of these names in representing God’s presence and covenant.

The Tabernacle as a Type and Shadow

  • Explanation of the tabernacle’s typology.
  • Reference to John 1:14: “the Word was made flesh and tabernacled among us.”
  • The idea that the tabernacle points to Jesus Christ.

The Outer Court

  • Description of the outer court.
  • Introduction of the altar of burnt offering and its symbolism as a representation of Christ’s sacrifice.
  • Mention of the brass laver and its role in purification for service.

The Holy Place

  • Explanation of the holy place.
  • Description of the altar of incense and its symbolism as representing prayer.
  • The intimate communion with God through prayer.
  • The table of showbread symbolizing the fruits of righteousness.

The Golden Lampstand

  • Introduction of the golden lampstand.
  • Emphasis on the importance of illumination in the house of God.
  • The lampstand symbolizing the light of truth and purity of God’s truth.

The Most Holy Place

  • Description of the most holy place behind the veil.
  • Explanation of the Ark of the Covenant as the only piece of furniture.
  • The Ark representing God’s presence.
  • The role of the high priest and the significance of the annual entry with blood.
  • The comparison to Jesus as our high priest.


  • Summary of the awesomeness of God’s presence.
  • The accessibility to the most holy place through Jesus Christ.
  • Encouragement to recognize and enjoy God’s presence in worship.