Exodus 25 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional

“You are to set up the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you have been shown on the mountain.” Exodus 26:30

A tabernacle is a tent. In Biblical imagery, “tabernacle” describes several things.

The tabernacle was a portable tent used as a sanctuary for the Ark of the Covenant by the Israelites during the Exodus. This is where Moses would go to meet with the L_rd. After Moses’ death, only the high priest could enter the inner most “Holy of Holies”.

Another tabernacle is the “sukkah”, a temporary light shelter with a roof of branches built in Jewish homes, yards, or synagogues for the “festival of Tabernacles”. AKA a “booth”, G_d commands every Jew to build a sukkah and live in it for 7 days each year. This is to remember G_d’s provision and guidance during their 40 years of wandering in the desert. In fact, the L_rd desires that all nations celebrate “Sukkot”. Zechariah 14:16-19

Another “tabernacle” is your own body.

“I consider it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to wake you up with this reminder, knowing I will soon lay aside my tent, as the L_rd Yeshua, Messiah has shown me.” 2nd Peter 1:13-14

Three things come to mind when I consider the tabernacle:

The first is the transient nature of tent dwelling. One who lives in a tent should not become too attached to one location. We should be willing to follow wherever Adonai leads. Our love should be only for the L_rd, and our desire consumed with wherever He guides.

Second, G_d’s standard and directions for setting up a tabernacle are very specific. Those who say they are the L_rd’s, yet build their lives by their own design, are fooling themselves. Yeshua said we should set up our lives by His plan.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14: 15

Lastly, G_d’s presence dwells in the midst of His tabernacle.

“Do you not know that your bodies are the sanctuary of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), who is in you, Whom you have from G_d?” 1 Corinthians 6:19

~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Shuvah Yisrael
Daily Devotional, Wednesday, March 26, 2014