For Bible believers, does the tabernacle have any relevance to us today? Does its design still matter? What if I told you that if you love the God of the Bible, the design of the Tabernacle is, in fact, of the utmost importance to YOU, NOW for TODAY!? What if understanding the Tabernacle changed your life forever and brought you into a deeper relationship with the Creator of the Universe than you ever thought possible?
In case you haven’t guessed, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Yah’s prescribed design of the Tabernacle is intensely relevant to each of us and understanding what it is all about has the potential to change our life forever for the good, and bring us into a marvelous relationship with the Creator – if, of course, we allow it to. Delving into a study of the tabernacle is amazing and absolutely awe-inspiring. Over the past little while as I have quietly studied the tabernacle, I find myself saying out loud things like – “Wow!” – “Really?” – “I can’t believe it!” – “This is so awesome!” There is just so much precious, applicable wisdom and insight that springs off the pages of Yah’s Word to whomever has a heart to truly understand.
As God spoke through the unwilling prophet, Balaam – “How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob and your Tabernacle, O Israel!” (Nu24:5) and as the Psalmist spoke through Psalm 84 – “How lovely is Your Tabernacle, O Yah of hosts!” So, the same exclamations will be upon the heart and the mouth of any who can begin to grasp the fullness of everything that Yah’s Tabernacle signifies, illustrates and stands for.
But, there has never yet been an Israel that has lived up to all that God has called for His people to be and to do. His people are called to be a standard of all that is good and just in the world: relieving oppression, pain and suffering – and bringing down all those who spread oppression, violence and pain for their own gain.
In Yah’s own words to His people:
“Is this not [that which] I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of unfairness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
There is coming a day when the Holy One of Israel, will have a true relationship with His people in a national sense. A time when all will understand what it is that God had planned all along. He never planned ‘religion’ and all of the burdensome requirements that go along with it. He has planned a world in which people can live a full and beautiful life – a way for people to grow and develop, heal and overcome. One day, all will see Who He Is, when the glory of His ways fill the whole earth with beauty and perfection. In that day, all will see that His way is not hard – just right and good and full of His love. For now, He is calling His people back to Him to be His beautiful light to begin to illuminate this glory across the globe. Insight into the Tabernacle and what it means for His people has the incredible potential to help us to do this very thing.
The Israel that Balaam proclaimed by the Spirit as he looked down from the mountaintop was the Israel of Yah’s heart. It wasn’t the very same Israel that was dwelling in the wilderness in Balaam’s day. The Israel that Balaam proclaimed was the Israel that was still yet to come. The Sprit, through Balaam, was declaring the future Israel that, even now in our time, God is raising, building up, and calling back to Him. This is true Israel – the true Servant of Yah.
As Balaam looks down upon the Tabernacle and Tents of Israel he proclaims:
“[Yah] has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. Yah, his God is with him, and the shout of a King is among them.
God brings them out of Egypt; he has strength like a wild ox. For there is no sorcery against Jacob, nor any divination against Israel.
It now must be said of Jacob and of Israel,
‘Oh, what God has done!’”
“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your Tabernacle, O Israel!
Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens by the riverside, like aloes planted by Yah, like cedars by the waters… His kingdom shall be exalted.”
The key to the success of True Israel is the dwelling of their Holy One right in their midst, as we have seen with the tabernacle in the wilderness – with Yah as their God, Israel as His people and His ways written upon their hearts. God has big and wonderful plans for the world. He will frustrate the plans of the oppressive powers that be and once and for all bring justice to this world. It is time for us to throw aside all false, burdensome religion and return to the God of freedom, Who created us all.
Join me as I write about this wonderful topic in the time to come. There is so much to learn about this wonderful subject.
Jessica ~ Yiskah
Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Extol Him who rides on the clouds,
By His name YAH,
And rejoice before Him.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
O God, when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
The earth shook;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
When it was weary.
Your congregation dwelt in it;
You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
Oh, sing praises to Yah, Selah
To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.
O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God! (1)
(1) Psalm 68:4-10, 33-35