Types of the Tabernacle - Chapter 15 - Directions For Setting Up

      Directions for Setting up, in the Tabernacle
      Exodus 40.1-8.

      Verses 1, 2. "And
Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, On the first day of the first month
shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation."

      THE first day of
the first month is significant of a beginning, or beginning anew. A
type of the commencement of the Christian dispensation at Pentecost. On
the first day of the month the moon began to shine afresh on the earth
with light reflected from the sun: so the Church, during the present
night-time of the world, is appointed to shine in the light of an
absent Christ. A dispensation altogether new; characterised by Messiah
rejected, and the Comforter present, to communicate to the Church the
truth of Christ, and to maintain His Lordship.

      "The tabernacle of the tent of the congregation."
titles are here combined; the tabernacle being the type of a
dwelling-place for God through the Spirit, and the tent of the
congregation, typical of believers assembled in the Name of the Lord

      THE ARK.
3. "And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the
ark with the veil."

      The ark is first
mentioned, for it sets forth Jesus, God's centre of gathering to His
own people, and in whom they are builded together for a habitation of
God through the Spirit (Eph. 2.22).
veil was to be hung up before the ark, the Holy Ghost thus signifying
that the way into the Holiest was not then made manifest; but to us,
since Calvary, the veil is rent, and the way into the Holiest is open;
for we gather to the name of a risen and glorified Christ.
is here called "the Ark of the Testimony," for the purpose for which
the Church is gathered is, that it should be a testimony to Him, and
especially to the great "mystery of godliness, God manifested in flesh,
justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached among the nations,
believed on in the world, received up into glory."

      THE TABLE.
4. "And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that
are to be set in order upon it."

      Where believers are
gathered unto the Name of the Lord Jesus, and builded together for a
habitation of God through the Spirit, there in God's presence, the
sweet and sacred memorials of a Saviour's sufferings and death are to
be observed.

      It is remarkable
that after the ark, the table is first mentioned; and at Troas, on the
first day of the week, the disciples came together to break bread (Acts
xx. 7).

      If the communion of
saints in the presence of God, and in the remembrance of the sacrifice
of Christ, is to be observed, it must be in God's order. "God is not
the author of confusion." He has His order, and this must be
maintained. The table is to be a pure table, and all things which are
done in connection with it, must be done decently and in order, as in
the presence and fear of God.

      "And thou shalt bring in the lampstand, and light the lamps thereof."

      Ministry, according
to God, in the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit, and in testimony to
the truth of Christ, has its place in connection with God's dwelling
place. It is to be brought in, and its light maintained. Ministry in
the power of the Spirit of God, is to be in God's order, according to
His mind and will; and the gifts of an ascended Saviour are "for the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the
edifying of the Body of Christ."

5. "And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark
of the testimony."

      Teaching us that
the worship of the Father in the Spirit and in truth, is connected with
Christ risen and glorified within the veil, through whom the believer
has boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.

      "And put the hanging of the door [entrance] to the tabernacle."

      Christ said, "I am
the door, by Me if any man enter in he shall be saved." Faith in, and
confession of the name of Jesus, living, dying, risen and glorified, is
the way, no mere ordinance, nor anything else, is to take the place of

6. "And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering [ascending
offering] before the door [entrance] of the tabernacle of the tent of
the congregation."

      Christ, in death
and resurrection, in His atoning and accepted sacrifice, is to be set
forth as the only ground of communion and acceptance with God. And only
through faith in Him can the communion of saints be enjoyed.

      THE LAVER.
7. "And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation
and the altar, and shall put water therein."

      Christ is also to
be set forth as made of God, SANCTIFICATION to the believer, as well as
redemption; and the full provision of the Spirit of God for the
sanctification of the believer through the truth, is to be testified

8. "And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the
hanging at the court gate."

      Consistency of
character and conduct with the confession of the name of Christ is to
be maintained, and the exercise of fervent charity one towards another,
with separation from the world, is to be manifested even when not
assembled together in Church fellowship.

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