by: carole l. haines
9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you…
31 “Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. 32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. 33 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.
40 See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain… (Exodus 25:9, 31-33, 40 NIV) **above is a picture of Almond blossoms
I have always wondered why God was so particular about how the Tabernacle was built. I mean, what was the point behind each tiny little detail being followed exactly as He declared. Besides the fact that He is God, and has reasons for everything, I just couldn’t understand. Then, He showed me a passage in the Book of Hebrews and I finally got it.
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; 12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
(Hebrews 9:11-12, 24 NASB)
Jesus, after He had been crucified and died, actually entered the True Tabernacle in Heaven and poured out His Own Blood on the Mercy Seat, between the Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant. The earthly sacrifices, within the earthly Tabernacle, were a mere foreshadowing of what Christ would do, once for all mankind. God was so particular, because He was making a Replica of what was in Heaven, a Tabernacle not made with human hands, but with His own hands.
How Beautiful, How precious, How marvelous is our God and His ways.