Continued from The Tabernacle of Moses and Jesus
The Tabernacle’s Position
Israel was a large group of people, divided into 12 different tribes. As God is a God of order, this large group of people had to be arranged orderly. God set up the camp as follows:
- The Tabernacle was in the midst of the camp (Numbers 2:17)
- On the East side the tribes of Judah, Issachar and Zebulon camped
- On the West side the tribes of Ephraim, Mannasseh and Benjamin camped
- On the North side the tribes of Dan, Asher and Naphtali camped
- On the South side the tribes of Rueben, Simeon and Gad camped
Many experts believe that the view from heaven as God looked upon the camp was in the shape of a cross.
Chuck Missler explains: “The tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun–collectively called the Camp of Judah–had to encamp east of the Levites. This poses a technical problem. Notice that if the breadth of their camp was larger than that of the Levites, the excess would be southeast or northeast, not east. Therefore, their camp could only be as wide as the Levites, and they then had to extend eastward to obtain whatever space they required.
The camps of Reuben, Ephraim, and Dan had the same constraint on the south, west, and north, respectively. The length of each leg would be proportional to total in each camp.
If we assemble what we can infer from the Torah account, we can imagine what the camp of Israel looked like from above: the tabernacle and the Levites in the center, surrounded by the four faces of the tribal standards, and each of the four camps of Judah, Ephraim, Reuben, and Dan, stretching out in the four cardinal directions.”
God should be in the midst of the camp, in the midst of His people. Where Christ is in the centre of a believer’s life, or of a Church, then there is divine order. We see that God’s dealing with His people is always on the basis of the cross of Jesus Christ.
The Construction of the Tabernacle
The Tabernacle took nine months to build. It was built from materials which the Israelites willingly offered unto the Lord.
Christ was nine months in the womb of Mary. Mary willingly offered her life to God for His purposes.
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. 3 And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; 5 ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; 6 oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; 7 onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. 8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.” Exodus 25:1-9
We see that when we willingly give to God our lives then He will use it for His purposes and bring forth divine life.