Multiple Interpretations of Symbolism
Interpreting symbolism does not always result in a unique outcome. Often symbols can be interpreted at different levels and different interpretations can be given.
This could be confusing to some, but the same could be said about Jesus’ parables. Yet Jesus used parables and symbolic language for most of His teachings. He also explained why He did it (Mat 13:10-17).
The Growth of Your Spiritual Understanding
Spiritual understanding is not developed instantaneously but it grows through a process. This happens in the heart, not the mind. You must see and hear with your spiritual eyes and ears for the understanding to develop in your heart. Only those who are truly seeking and have a heart open to the truth can grow (Mat 13:15).
The information you receive is only a seed that must take root in the soil of your heart to produce fruit as it is explained in the parable of the sower (Mat 13:18-30) or in that of the leaven (Mat 13:33). What you receive depends on how you hear it and how much you already have received before (Mar 4:23-25).
The Diagram of the Tabernacle
Without going into all the details of the components of the Tabernacle, I will use the diagram of the Tabernacle here.
|The Gate||Entrance, Christ, Being born again, Accepting Jesus as your Savior||Exo 27:16, John 3:3-6, 3:16, 14:1, 14:6|
|The Outer Courtyard||Dealing with your flesh. The Place of repentance, separations and sanctification.||Mat 4:17, Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38|
|The Altar of Burn Offering||Burning of the flesh. Christ’s crucifixion||Exo 27:1-2, Heb 13:10-13|
|The Laver||Washing by the Word, Sanctification||Exo 30:18, John 13:1-17, Eph 5:26, Tit 3:5|
|The Door||Making Jesus your Lord. Commitment to God||Exo 26:26, John 10:9, 14:1,6|
|The Holy Place||The place of spiritual growth. Renewal of your mind. Walking in the Spirit||Rom 12:1-3, Rom 8:1-2, 2 Cor 5:7|
|The Showbread Table||The daily spiritual food. The Word of God||Exo 16:33, 25:23-30, John 6:32-51, 1 Cor 10:16-17|
|The Lamp Stand||Illumination, The Holy Spirit. Revelation of the Word||Exo 25:31-35, Psa 119:130, Zec 4:1-2, John 1:1-5, Rev 1:12-20, 11:4|
|The Altar of Incense||Mediation and intercession. Christ our intercessor||Exo 30:1, 1John 2:1, 1 Tim 2:5|
|The Veil||Our mind understanding. Men’s traditions||Exo 26:31-35, Mat 27:51, John 14:1, 14:6, Heb 9:1-14, Acts 2:42|
|The Holy of Holies||The place of God’s presence. Your heart||Exo 26:33-34, Heb 9:24-25, Heb 10:19, 13:11|
|The Ark of the Covenant||Place of God’s communication. The mercy seat||Exo 25:10, Rom 4:25, 2 Cor 5:18-21, Col 2:9, Heb 9:4|
|The Shekhinah Glory||God’s presence around and in us. God’s manifestation. God’s grace in your life||Exo 40:34, John 1:14-18, Col 1:19, 2:9|
I hope that you found this summary useful to better appreciate the symbolic content of Moses’ Tabernacle. I pray that the truth presented in the references may produce fruit in your life.
Three Levels of Interpretation
From the Scriptures you can see that the symbolism relates both to Christ’s ministry, to your experience in Christ and to you as the temple of God.
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