Jesus in the Torah (Tabernacle)

In Exodus we have seen Jesus become the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb. After God saves his people out of Egypt, he guides them through the wilderness. He gives Moses a plan to build a place to come to God. This is where we also find Jesus in the second book of the Torah. 

Jesus is a fulfillment of the tabernacle. The tabernacle was a place given to Moses to build in Exodus 25. This tabernacle would be a place of the symbolism of heaven and it would be the place where sins were atoned for. There was a special place in this tent, called the Holy of Holies. Only once a year, the high priest enters to make atonement for sins. In Hebrews 9:11-12, the writer explains, “He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.” 

This means that Jesus is our High Priest who entered the Holy Place (died on the cross and ascended) once and for all to forgive us of our sins. The tabernacle was a temporary setup to make atonement for sins. Jesus did all of it for good on the cross. Since the tabernacle represented a heaven space, Jesus entered heaven where he is now. Instead of having to go to a tabernacle, Jesus lives in us (Galatians 2:20). 

During their trek through the wilderness, the Israelites became good at complaining. They grumbled against Moses and God because they were traveling through a wasteland. A wilderness. God, in his loving mercy, provides manna. This manna fell from heaven and everyone had plenty to eat (Exodus 16:35). In the New Testament, Jesus sees himself becoming like this manna. Speaking of himself he says in John 6:58, “This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus says that he is the bread that came from heaven. Whoever takes part in him will live for eternity. 

He also speaks of this when he says that he is the bread of life (John 6:48). Jesus wants us to see that he is not like actual bread that is here and gone. He is sustaining and lasts forever. He gave himself up for us, and if we believe and take part in his kingdom, we will also share in his eternal life.  

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