Exodus chapter 25 explained the Lord’s instructions to Moses for building the Tabernacle, which was to serve as the portable dwelling place for the Lord among the Israelites during their journey through the wilderness. The Lord instructed Moses to gather materials from the Israelites, including gold, silver, bronze, blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, fine linen, goat hair, ram skins dyed red, tahash skins, acacia wood, oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and the sweet incense.
The Lord gives Moses detailed instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant, the most important piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. The Ark was to be made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold, and was to have a lid, known as the “mercy seat,” also made of gold. The Lord commanded that two cherubim, also made of gold, be placed on the lid, facing each other and looking down at the mercy seat. The Ark was to serve as the place where the Lord would meet with Moses and provide him with instructions for the Israelites.
The Lord also instructed Moses to build the Table of Showbread, the Lampstand, and the Altar of Incense. The Table of Showbread was to be made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold, and was to hold twelve loaves of bread, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The Lampstand, also made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold, was to have seven lamps, representing the seven days of the week. The Altar of Incense was to be made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold, and was to be used for burning incense, which symbolized the prayers of the Israelites.
In addition to the furniture of the Tabernacle, the Lord also instructed Moses to make the veil that separated the Holy Place, where the Ark and the Table of Showbread were located, from the Most Holy Place, where the Lord would dwell. The veil was to be made of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and was to be decorated with cherubim.
Finally, the Lord instructed Moses to make the court of the Tabernacle, which was to be enclosed with curtains made of fine linen. The court was to have a gate that was to be guarded by the Levites, who were chosen by the Lord to serve as the priests of the Israelites.
Exodus chapter 25 teaches us about the importance of building a dwelling place for the Lord, both physically and spiritually. The Tabernacle serves as a reminder that we should make a space for God in our lives and strive to keep it holy. The Ark of the Covenant and the other pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle symbolize the presence of God among his people and the ways in which we can draw closer to him, such as through prayer and worship. The veil separating the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place is a reminder of the reverence and awe that we should have when approaching God. The court of the Tabernacle and the Levites guarding the gate are also a reminder that we should protect and defend our relationship with God and our spiritual lives.
Today, the Church carries on this teachings, strive to make a space for God in their lives, and make sure that they worship and remain close to him, through prayer and various rituals. This is done in the Church building. The altar, pulpit, and other fixtures symbolize the presence of God among His people, and the sanctuary is seen as the place where God dwells among us, and where we can draw closer to Him through worship and service. The theme of reverence for God and the importance of guarding can be seen in the instructions for building the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Through these instructions, God emphasizes the importance of creating a sacred space for worship and treating it with care and respect.