This week’s Portion, Terumah (“Offerings”) gives all of the details concerning the Tabernacle and its furnishings. The Tabernacle was God’s Dwelling Place on Earth; and from the information given in these few chapters, it is impossible for any man to accurately construct all of these items. So how did Moses do it? He had help!! First, he saw the REAL Tabernacle in Heaven and he could “work from memory”; and secondly, he had the Spirit of God directing him.
God’s instructions start with the Mercy Seat. Why would He start there? Well … that’s where He lives! From the Mercy Seat and the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies; to the Table of Shewbread, the Menorah and Altar of Incense in the Holy Place; to the Tabernacle structure; to the Altar of Sacrifice and Laver in the Outer Court; and finishing with the Outer Curtain and Gate.
The listing of all the dimensions and materials for these items can be very confusing and even tedious. But when you look at the Spiritual meanings for them, the Tabernacle takes on an entirely new meaning. The Tabernacle and everything in it point to one thing: Yeshua!
Just as we have pictures of our children on our end tables at home – God had pictures of His Son in his “Apartment of Earth”: Yeshua is the Light of the World in the Menorah; He is the Bread of Life in the Table of Shewbread; and He is Our Intercessor with God in the smoke rising from the Altar of Incense!
The Tabernacle and everything in it point to Yeshua, Our Redeemer!