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TAPE # 3

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EXODUS 19-40

The 1st Book of God’s Word is Genesis. Within it’s pages God tells of our creation after God made all the rest of the Cosmos through Christ. Humans were the crown of creation, made in the Creator’s image. Then man embraced sin instead of obedience and the long line of ravaged, ruined and buried bodies testified to sin’s destroying power.
But all along the way are clues on how God wanted His creatures to be restored in fellowship with Him. Coming back to God had to involve the shed blood of animals to show a substitutionary atonement.
 That is why God killed animals to clothe Adam and Eve.

 The altar of sacrifice was offered to both Cain and Abel.

 The grace at the Flood for Noah and his family.

 God’s Calling Abram from the idolatry of Ur.

 The many altars of meeting in the pages of Genesis all speak of God’s desire for restoring His own to fellowship.

Then the offering of an only son on an altar of sacrifice culminates the story. Isaac is saved by the substitution of a Lamb provided by God! And the story is complete. God’s plan is substitutionary atonement, bloody sacrifice and heart prompted obedience.
That was Genesis. The 2nd Book of God’s Word is our study tonight. The Book of Exodus continues the incredible story of God’s desires for us His creations. Please turn there with me as we uncover within these pages the wonders of Jesus Christ. He is perfectly all we need.
Then, the Sacred Tent (chapters 25-40) was erected and the priesthood given, to offer an incredibly clear and powerful image of Christ their only hope. As always, it was not the covenant that saved, nor the sacrifices, nor the ceremonies. Not even big events were able to save them like the Passover, Red Sea event or Sinai. It was only by personal faith mixed with obedience (as most clearly shown in the brazen serpent incident). As the atonement was sufficient for all (they all came out of Egypt) it was only efficient or effective for those whose personally took the truth by faith (seemingly a precious few)!

So how did God instruct His people to stay in touch with Him? He had them construct a long, black, unattractive tent of badgers’ skins. But when we come inside, we find ourselves surrounded by shining gold: looking up to the curtained roof, we see the wings of the cherubim woven in; blue and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen. The light of the golden candlestick reveals all the beauty within. So it is with Christ Himself. The natural man, beholding Him, sees no beauty that he should desire Him. But to those who know the Lord Jesus Christ, His beauty satisfieth their souls.
Once a year into that Tent walked the High Priest. The annual time was prescribed by God for him to pass behind that veil. He was wearing bells on the hem of his garment to let the other priests know he was still alive as he was inside; garbed carefully in the God directed robes and priestly garments. With trembling hands cradling a basin of blood, veiled by a cloud of smoking incense burning in a pot he carried – the High Priest would enter. And stay only as long as necessary before hurrying from the presence of God.
How differently we come. God welcomes us. We linger long before Him. But lest we miss the beauty of staying in the presence of the Lord, we need to understand the Tabernacle. Every detail was given by God. Every detail was a great shadow lesson about Jesus. Every person had to come God’s way, for He showed the only way into His presence. The entrance was 30 feet wide, showing the wideness of God’s mercy. But every detail shouted He was HOLY!

 The Tabernacle: God wants us LIVING IN His Presence.

 The Brazen Altar: God wants us APPROACHING HIS HOLINESS (The Doctrine of Satisfaction)

 The Laver of Brass: God wants us CLEANSING OUR SINS (The Doctrine of Sanctification) The Three Entrances (McGee)

 The Golden Lampstand: God wants us WALKING IN HIS LIGHT

 The Table of Showbread: God wants us NOURISHED BY OUR SAVIOR

 The Altar Of Incense (30:1-10, 34-38) : God wants us PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT

 The Veil Which Was Rent: God wants us ENTERING HIS PRESENCE WITH BOLDNESS



HEBREWS 9:1-5; 10:1-10

Hebrews 9:21-24 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. 23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

 Sinner outside must come through one and only door

 Separated from world and cleansed at laver

 Enters into fellowship at the table

 Learning to walk in the light daily (I John 1:7)

 Then, and only then, comes power of prayer at the incense alta

r  Prepared to enter the Holiest of all personal communion with God

 Thus the place of rest and peace through the blood washed mercy seat.


1. Holy Place worship and fellowship – soul

2. Feeding at table

3. Walking in the light

4. Inner Holy of Holiness

5. Communion with God, deep and personal

6. Hidden under blood, Romans 3:25, Hebrews 9:5

7. Only one place of worship


The Physical dimensions of the Tabernacle are: its Size – 172 feet X 86 feet or 14,792 square feet which is what the first floor of our new education wing measures. The innermost room of this Tent was the Holy of Holies – 15 feet square the “Holiest spot on earth”. Outside was the Holy Place – 30 feet long X 15 feet wide. So the Holy meeting place of God was 675 square feet. About the size of a medium one bedroom apartment.
The building Materials were made up of Precious metals: Gold – 2,500 pounds or 16 million dollars at $400 per ounce. Silver – 9,000 pounds or 1.4 million dollars at $9 per ounce. And Bronze – 6,000 pounds



 Silver – Redemption money

 Gold – Royalty of Christ

 Linen fence like the law kept men out

 Colors: White – perfection; Blue – heavenly; Scarlet – sacrifice; Purple – royalty

 skins: Badger – lit. “porpoise” abundant in the Nile area, Valuable for shoe leather in rocky area, but sacrificed for God’s house.


 In the Courtyard – laver, altar burnt offering



 THE TABERNACLE WAS GOD’S DWELLING PLACE BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT AS NOW IN CHRIST’S CHURCH. Exodus 25:8 “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.- Ephesians 2:19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit; II Corinthians 6:16 – The Tabernacle is also typical of the believer 2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” NKJV

 THE TABERNACLE WAS ALSO THE PATTERN OF THE HEAVENLY THINGS. Hebrews 9:23-24 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; NKJV


1. The gate means Jesus is the Door

2. The linen reminds us Jesus is Righteous

3. The Brass reminds us of Judgment borne

4. The Gold reminds us of the Deity of Jesus

5. The Silver reminds us of the Blood of Jesus (redemption money)

6. The Wood reminds us of the Humanity of Jesus

7. The Altar means Jesus is the Sacrifice on the Cross

8. The Laver means Jesus is the cleansing One

9. The Showbread means Jesus is the bread of Life

10. The Candelabra means Jesus is the light of the World

11. The Incense means Jesus is the Great high Priest

12. The Ark reminds us that Jesus is Faithful to keep His promise


John 10:9 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” NKJV). This was a curtain. A curtain is the very easiest means of entrance; it is not like a wooden door, at which you have to knock, you can lift it silently. At the time no one need know of the transaction which takes place silently between the soul and its Savior. It may be like Nicodemus, coming by night. But when the curtain is dropped again you are completely inside, not half in and half out as in a doorway-but completely shut off by a sharp dividing line.

Have we entered by the Gate, and accepted the Sacrifice, and known the Cleansing. Only the Priests might enter the Tabernacle itself. If we have proved the power of the Cross, Christ calls us to be priests, set apart for His Service. We may enter still farther. The Holy Place is entered by the Door. This again is Christ Himself. He is the means of entrance into every fresh position of blessing. Every spiritual blessing comes with a fresh view of Christ and what He can be to us. He is the one entrance as well for the first step as for the last. The Gate, the Door, the Veil they were all of the same materials and colors, and the same number of square cubits (20 by 5 or 10 by 10) though the Gate was stretched out wide as if to encompass the breadth of the universal proclamation, ” Whosoever will may come.”
Inside that Gate you are completely surrounded by the spotless white curtains of the Court. The Tabernacle was protected by a court of pure white linen, held up by sixty pillars, and entered by a curtain of colored material, called the Gate. The walls of the Tabernacle were made of boards of shittim wood overlaid with gold, resting in massive silver sockets sunk into the sand. These sockets were made from the redemption money, paid by every Israelite, thus the whole fabric rested upon a foundation of redemption. (I Peter 1:18-19 “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” NKJV). The entrance was protected by a curtain called the Door and the Two parts of the Tabernacle itself, the Holy Place and the most Holy, were divided by another curtain – the Veil. Spread over the solid framework of the Tabernacle were four sets of curtains, which formed its only roof, and hung down over the sides, covering it completely.

 Here THE BRAZEN ALTAR of Burnt Offering immediately confronts you. JESUS BECAME A SIN SACRIFICE FOR US. Hebrews 10:12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, NKJV

 LAVER- CHRIST THE ETERNAL CLEANSING WORD Cleansing as the result of Atonement Zechariah 13:1 “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. NKJV; Hebrews 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal

Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? NKJV

 In the HOLY PLACE were two great gifts: Food and Light. JESUS HAS TOLD US “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE “; “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.’

 LAMP – CHRIST, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” NKJV

Hebrews 7:24-27 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. NKJV. Christ’s continual Intercession by which alone our prayers can ascend to God.
THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST. In Aaron1 we have a picture of our Great High Priest. His garments were all typical. The three ornaments of his dress, which were engraved with a signet, teach a very precious lesson.

 The onyx stones on his shoulder and

 the breastplate on his heart were engraved with the names of the children of Israel, that he might bear them before the Lord continually.

 The plate of the mitre on his forehead was engraved with “holiness to the Lord” to bear the iniquity of their holy things “that they might be accepted before the Lord.”

On his shoulders, on his forehead, and on his heart. What do we see here but the perfect strength and perfect wisdom and perfect love of our High Priest put forth on our behalf I The Good Shepherd lays the lost sheep “on His shoulder.” Christ is “made unto us Wisdom.” “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Many of us see the uselessness of an outward priesthood, of any man to come between God and us. But are we equally clear in valuing the inner Reality? Do we feel our utter need of the Lord Jesus as our Great High Priest, and recognize that we cannot draw nigh to God except through His one availing sacrifice?
Aaron, the type, fell short, for he was a sinful man. Jesus Christ is a perfect High Priest. As man He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. He is able to sympathize and to succor because He has been through it all. He is able to understand our need to the uttermost because He was perfect man. He is able to meet our need to the uttermost because He is perfect God. . He was able to bear the whole world’s sin in His Atonement on the Cross. He is able to bear the whole world’s need in intercession upon the Throne.

This was a reminder of our offering to God a perpetual thank offering. Each offering was the same size regardless of tribal size equal representation. Each loaf pointed to bread of life. So far, and no farther, the Priests might enter. Into the HOLY OF HOLIES only one man, only one day in the year, might enter, and that not without blood. ” But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come . . . by His own blood . . . has entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us,” as we read in Hebrews 9, and also has opened up for us a way of access by His blood into the Holiest, into the very, presence of God here and now, as we read in Hebrews 10, THE VEIL CHRIST JESUS WHO WAS CRUCIFIED TO OPEN THE WAY FOR ALL

Hebrews 6:19-20 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. NKJV Hebrews 10:20, “Through the veil, that is to say His flesh.” The veil was rent in twain from the top to the bottom at the moment of His death (Matthew 27:51). “From the top to the bottom,” the way of access opened by God Himself.

Kingly position of Christ; Finished work of Christ John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. NKJV Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, NKJV. THE ARK, containing the unbroken Law. Here again we see Christ, who alone kept it completely. The Ark was covered by the Mercy Seat, or, as it should be translated, the Propitiatory Covering. The word in Hebrews 9:5 and Rom. 3:24-25 is the same. The Propitiation is Christ. This is the meeting place between God and man (Exodus 35:22). Above it rested the Shekinah-glory, the symbol of God’s presence. It arose from the mercy seat, a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day, spreading out over the whole camp as a protection, and guiding the children of Israel on their march.

This holiest spot on earth at that time, depicts divine mercy. We see now that Christ accomplished all our salvation of the cross. He completed the fullness of our needed forgiveness. Remember Three Hebrew words for Forgiveness in Psalm 32? Our sins needed to:

1. Our sins needed to be PULLED OFF: “Forgiven” means literally to have our sin lifted off. As Pilgrim it rolls off and into Christ’s tomb. “My sin oh the bliss. . .”. We are being crushed by any sins we keep around. They suffocate, smother and squash the very life of our soul. But there is a Redeemer who can set us free. And to his only hope, David fled.

2. Our guilt needed us to be SHEILDED FROM God’s wrath: “Covered” speaks of the strong imagery in the events of the day of atonement. On that day the High priest took the blood of an animal and sprinkled it onto the mercy seat. Above the mercy seat was the presence of God portrayed by the outstretched arms of the cherubim. Beneath the lid of the ark was the tablets portraying God’s divine law. In essence, the blood stood between a holy God and the sinners who broke His law, averting His wrath. David cried for joy when the wrath of God was turned away from him. So our sins are covered away by the blood of Jesus shed for us!

3. Our debt had to be CLEARED OUT: “Not Counted” speaks of a list of debts no longer held against us. David had become utterly bankrupted by his sin. The bills were piling up, mounting like a flood and drowning him. Desire, deceit, cruel deception, cunning craftiness and shameless murder all charged heavy debts to his soul. And now in sheer delight all the mountain of impossible debt is cleared from the ledger. “My sins are gone, and shall not be remembered, God in mercy tenderly forgives.”

4. GOD CLEANSED DAVID’S SIN THAT HAD SMOTHERED HIS JOY: now they were forgiven “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven”

5. GOD CLEANSED DAVID’S SIN THAT HAD SOILED HIS SOUL: now they were covered by the cleansing blood. “Whose sin is covered”

6. GOD CLEANSED DAVID’S SIN THAT HAD STOLEN HIS FELLOWSHIP: now they were not imputed to his account as debts. “2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity”

7. GOD CLEANSED DAVID’S SIN THAT SLIMED HIS SPIRIT: now there was no guile. “And in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

FOUR HEAVENLY COLORS: 1. White – perfection: Parallel Luke’s Gospel to Greeks Perfect man 2. Blue – Heaven Perfect God Parallel to John’s Gospel of the Deity of Christ 3. Scarlet – Sacrifice Sacrificing/suffering servant Parallel to Mark’s Gospel Christ the Perfect Servant. 4. Purple = Royalty, parallel to Matthew’s Gospel of Christ the perfect King.

CHERUBIM FACES: FOUR PICTURES OF JESUS 1. Face of man – humanity – Luke 2. Face of ox – sacrificial – Mark 3. Face of lion – king and power – Matthew 4. Face of eagle – God/Omniscient – John

So that dusty tent glows through the ages with its matchless portrait of Christ. Lost one, have you yet to stand neath the shadow of the blood to have God’s wrath to pass over you? It’s only by trusting His finished work that even gives you hope. Christian, do you see the way made open, the rent veil is not only to a salvation of soul, but also, a communion of spirit…Come to the Laver daily; ever be reminded at that brazen altar of the price on Calvary; walk in the glow of the candlesticks of the light of lights and watch the ceaseless rise of the smoke of sweet scent from the incense and let your spirit rise in powerful communion as the ark of God’s commitment to His chosen ones majestically stands as His promise to keep His word and perfect His saints. From floor to ceiling, door to door, this portrait divine is ours to live in Christ our Tabernacle.
JESUS IS FAITHFUL (TEMPLE) Revelation 15:5-7 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony2 in heaven was opened.6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.
What does the Tabernacle signify? The Old Testament states seven elements of the Tabernacle:

1. THE WAY TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD as seen in the shekinah glory Shekinah Glory (100x Rev.) is God’s sign of His Glorious Presence from Eden onward. JESUS IS OUR EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US! Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

2. THE WAY OF ACCESS TO GOD Exodus 33:7 Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. Jesus is the image of the invisible God John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

3. THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS WITH GOD Leviticus 5:5 ‘And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing; Jesus is our cleansing 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

4. THE WAY OF GUIDANCE BY GOD Exodus 40:34-38 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.35 And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled 2 Numbers 1:50 “but you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the Testimony, over all its furnishings, and over all things that belong to it; they shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they shall attend to it and camp around the tabernacle. 36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys.37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up.38 For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. Jesus said follow Him John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

5. THE WAY OF PROTECTION FROM GOD 1 Samuel 5:1-4 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the temple of Dagon and set it by Dagon.3 And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again.4 And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. Jesus promised us His care John 10:28 “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

6. THE WAY OF CLEANSING WITH GOD Leviticus 19:21-22 ‘And he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, a ram as a trespass offering.22 ‘The priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the Lord for his sin which he has committed. And the sin which he has committed shall be forgiven him. Jesus has opened the way for us Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

7. THE WAY OF BLESSINGS FROM GOD Isaiah 58:14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Jesus alone offers the overflowing life John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
1. ENTRANCE: Psalm 100 in unison • “I Will Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in my Heart” • II Chronicles 5:11-14 • I Chronicles 16:4, 8-17 ,23-36 • “O Worship the King” #10 • “O God our Help” #52 • “Bless the Lord” #13

2. ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING: Hebrews 10:4-14 [Terry Devitt] • “Worthy is the Lamb” #180 • “Jesus paid it all” # 210 • “When I survey” #185 • Exodus 27:1-8

3. LAVER: Hebrews 10:19-25{Royce Wright ] • “Nothing but the Blood” #195 • “Jesus I come” # 336 • “Cleanse Me” #438/9 • “Whiter than snow” #436 • Leviticus 17:11 • Ex 30:18

4. HOLY PLACE: Hebrews 4:12-16 [Steve Weir ] • “Holy, Holy, Holy” #262 • “Sweet Hour of Prayer” # 433 • “Teach me Thy Way” # 395 • “Jesus the very Thought of Thee” #79 • “Channels only” [not in book]

5. LAMPSTAND: • “Spirit of the Living God” #247 • Leviticus 24:1-4 • Ephesians 1:17-18

6. TABLE of the BREAD of the PRESENCE: Hebrews 2:14-18 [Bob Henderson] • “Joyful, Joyful we adore Thee” # 1 • Exodus 25:23-30

7. ALTAR OF INCENSE: • “Sweet Hour of Prayer” #433 • Exodus 30:1-10 • I Thessalonians 5:17-18

8. ARK OF THE COVENANT: Hebrews 13:8, 15-16, 20-21 • “Open our eyes, Lord” # 383 • “Jesus led me all the way” [not in book] • “Near to the heart of God” # 497 • “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” #26 • Hebrews 9:1-9, 11-15 • Exodus 25:10-22

9. CONCLUSION: Hebrews 13:20-21 “Standing on Holy Ground” [Royce Wright ]


1 A.M. Hodgkins, CHRIST IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES, p. 20-23.