Exodus 27 Commentary
The design for the altar is given. Like the rest of the components a detailed model was given in a vision – soft copy version.
The courtyard is a much bigger space housing the altar. This is the outer court. It was the part of the tabernacle which was easily accessible.
So we have a layered structure for the tabernacle. At the core is the Most Holy place. It was housed within the Holy place. The Holy place was housed within the Courtyard.
We get the picture of 3 boxes. The smallest and most important is within the second box – second both in size and importance. The second box is housed within the third and largest box. What makes the smallest box important is yet another even smaller box called the Ark of the Covenant. What makes the Ark important is the content; which is the Law or the Word of God. Taking the Lord Jesus as the WORD of God, we can easily see that without Jesus there is no holiness and the entire tabernacle system becomes empty.
The entire worship system is based on the contractual terms found in the Ark. Without these terms or failure to obey these terms renders worship useless. We can reflect on the middle part or the holy place and we notice that it has two components, (for now) namely; the table and the lampstand. Interestingly both components are not important by themselves except for the items they hold namely; the bread of the presence (table) and the light powered by the oil (lampstand). These core components (bread and light) must be present continually for endless generations.
Jesus claimed to be both the bread of life and the light. We can see that these seemingly unimportant details have far greater importance than they normally appear to represent.
Often the thought is that the New Testament is fulfilling the Old Testament writings. But I think the most appropriate understanding is that the Old Testament is written to reflect the realities of the New Testament. The Bible is written following a strict script. The script is written by the New Testament.
It is a movie about a real-life story, except this time this story is not lived until millennia after. The movie itself is real life in its raw form!
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