Jesus made a number of statements about His identity in scripture. However, the following statement is the foundation of our analysis as in Jesus correlates Himself to the Tabernacle. The statement is presented here:
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:5-6)
This statement is compelling on its face value alone as we know that Jesus is talking about being the passageway to the Father. However, the terms, “The Way, The Truth and The Life” are symbolic of the passageways (or veils) into each compartment of the Tabernacle. In turn each passageway leads to a progressively deeper relationship with the Father. We will learn a great deal more about these passageways in subsequent postings.
Let us first start by presenting a scripture that confirms that Jesus viewed His body as a temple (which the Tabernacle is)[i]:
So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. (John 2:18-21)
In speaking these words, Jesus is claiming to be the living Tabernacle and the divine fulfillment of all prophesies regarding it. To validate this assumption, we will now embark on a detailed investigation of the Tabernacle in the anticipation that it will guide us to Christ. We will examine the function and purpose of each Tabernacle object and will look at many of the process performed by the priests there as well.
[i] Revelation 15:5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.