The Ark and Mercy Seat

The Tabernacle of God


The bible opens with its introduction with the first verse in a ten word summary; In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Genesis 1:1.  When we reach the 26th verse of the first chapter of Genesis the bible says; “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.  In the 27th verse He goes on to say, “So God created man in his own image; in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Read also Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  Man was not a living being (soul) until God breathed into him “His breath of LifeGod brought man to life by putting or breathing into man a part of himself.  Here we see that man is directly apart of God.  Man is God’s offspring.  His existence begins with God, not from a tadpole or atom or molecule or some sort of ape. The ideal that God dwelling among us maybe a concept that is hard for many to vision or understand, but God had a purpose after he created man to dwell and have fellowship with his creatures.  As the story goes on God also created him a home  (The Garden of Eden) and gave him companionship, his wife “Eve”.  This was the place where God commune with his new creatures and they had fellowship in the cool of day.  This was God purpose to have a home among his creation where he could dwell with man.  The Garden of Eden was our first glimpse into his plan.  The first two chapters of Genesis shows us God’s plan.  When much is taught about man it usually starts at the 3rd chapter of Genesis, with the story of the fall and the downward spiral of man.   If we have read our bibles from Genesis to Revelation you would see one continuous theme throughout this wonder story.  The very first and second chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of the book of revelation reveal his purpose and desire for man and Himself.

If you can conceive in your mind and heart the desire and purpose of God, the Holy Spirit will reveal this plan unto you.  You will find also throughout the bible seven instances where God took up a resident with man.  You will also see that God’s characteristics, and pattern of worship is in each of his dwellings that He has shared with man.

The Garden of Eden

The First dwelling is the Garden of Eden, where we find Man, the Tree of Life, Angels, and Precious Stones and a flowing river.  This was God’s dwelling in the beginning of time it was the playground of man and angels.  Because of the sin man lost fellowship with God, and was evicted from his home.  The second dwelling was the Tabernacle, the tent of glory.

The Tabernacle Chart

Mount Sinai was where Moses received the Law of God. Today the exact location of the once sacred mountain remains a mystery as does every artifact or relic that is mentioned in holy Scripture seeing that man would always draw attention to it rather than the Word of God and faith. It is difficult for scholars to locate the exact location for many reasons, one of which is that the Bible alludes to Mount Sinai by various names such as “the mountain,” the mountain of God,” and “Mount Horeb.” Scholars have suggested maybe a dozen different mountains, both in the Sinai desert and Arabia. It is interesting that many try to locate volcanic activity in these areas to link them somehow to the thunderings, earthquakes, and smokes of fire mentioned in the Bible.   Exod 19:17-18 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. It is also interesting that the route of the Exodus has never been confirmed, so no mountain can be identified with certainty.   Nevertheless, since the 4th cent. AD the traditional location of Mount Sinai has been Jebel Musa, a jagged granite mountain situated on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula. On the northwest side is the Monastery of Saint Catherine. The question will probably remain unanswered as strange as that may seem but the Lord in His wisdom has chosen to keep Biblical relics and many locations a mystery, and His Word as the way of approach in faith   Moses the prophet of the Lord went up into Mount Sinai as God presence in the glory of cloud covered the mountain and communed with God and received the pattern for his then new dwelling, the Tent of glory, or the Tabernacle so called, and it had to be made according to the pattern.  This residence was built about 3500 years ago in the desert of Sinai, and this was Israel pattern of worship for about 500 years.   If you or I lived in time that the Tabernacle was set up, we would probably see a nation of nomad people who lived in the wilderness in route to the promise land.  What would be so amazing though is the awesome presence of a supreme powerful being leading their every move and step in this journey.  The presence of a majestic cloud that touched the heavens and earth in the light of day and a pillar of fire by night.  This was the awesome presence of God in the midst of his people, the people whom He led out of Egypt.  The people for whom he parted the Red Sea that they may go through on dry ground to escape their enemy.  This powerful majestic presence is what settled on the tabernacle that dwelt between the two cherubim’s above the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant.  Could you imagine coming across of people whose center and heartbeat of the nation was God who made the universe, heaven and earth, man and every creature on the earth. You could not and would not stumble upon the camp, for it was a camp of about 3 million people, and in the center of this great people was a structure, that was surrounded by hanging white linen curtains and a courtyard that separated the people from the presence of this Supreme Being.  He was not easily approachable.  But yet he could be seen through the presence and elements that was around him. The invisible was made visible by Earth, Wind, and Fire.  He wanted his people to know who He was and where He was.  This is the reason he took up residence with this great nomad people.  This same God made a promise to these people forefathers that He would raise up a great nation as the sand of the sea, and stars of heaven. He promised that they would be his people and He would be their God and He truly kept his promise. He met with their appointed leader Moses in the mount to give him the blue print and pattern of his place of dwelling among this people.  My purpose is a mere attempt at writing or trying to give my audience a glimpse into this mystery, this sacred and holy place to show us a picture of Jesus Christ.  To show his shadow of the good things to come.  This sacred place or tent of glory will direct us to  the shadow of the Messiah and how he made salvation and holiness available to a people who were called by his name.  This tabernacle was their Jesus Christ in sacrifices, washings, and other rituals of worship.  What is so beautiful about all of this is, it shows us a type of Jesus Christ and his great work of redemption that He would bring into world through his divinity and humanity.  Out of all the names that the prophets and seers called him and addressed his coming into the world, I like Emmanuel, for it means “God with us”.  One may say how could this be possible?  How could a Holy God dwell among a sinful people?  He could and He did under the right conditions. I will attempt to allude to these conditions, types and shadows to show us a picture of Jesus Christ the Son of God dwelling in the midst of Old Testament Israel and also Jesus Christ fulfilling these types and shadows in the New Testament to encourage us to a greater consecration to his glory and see the beauty of Emmanuel dwelling among his people today.  I now will introduce to you the gate\fence of the courtyard.