The Tabernacle

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn


This sermon was preached by Sam Davies at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 25th August 2019.


This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Withington in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Exodus 40:26-38.

16This Moses did; according to all that the Lord commanded him, so he did. 17In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected. 18Moses erected the tabernacle. He laid its bases, and set up its frames, and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars. 19And he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent over it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 20He took the testimony and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark and set the mercy seat above on the ark. 21And he brought the ark into the tabernacle and set up the veil of the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 22He put the table in the tent of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil, 23and arranged the bread on it before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 24He put the lampstand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle, 25and set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 26He put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the veil, 27and burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 28He put in place the screen for the door of the tabernacle. 29And he set the altar of burnt offering at the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 30He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it for washing, 31with which Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet. 32When they went into the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed, as the Lord commanded Moses. 33And he erected the court around the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the screen of the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.

The Glory of the Lord

34Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.


The Tabernacle was Designed by God

  • The instructions God gives as to how the tabernacle should be built are incredibly intricate and detailed. Moses builds it exactly as God has instructed.
  • God was interested and specific about everything, the materials used, the dimensions, the location of each item, the design and how everything was used. It really mattered to him.

The Tabernacle was Where God Dwelt

  • The tabernacle was to be placed in the centre of the camp. It was God choosing to live with his people, the tabernacle was designed in order to make it safe for his people to live in his presence and not be destroyed.
  • It was designed so that the Glory of the Lord could dwell with his people.

The Tabernacle Points us to Jesus

  • Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us. John says ‘the word became flesh and tabernacled amongst us’.
  • There are lots of connections between the design of the tabernacle and Jesus. e.g. The Ark of the Convenant.
  • Jesus is the fulfilment of the tabernacle – he brings the presence of God to us – he also fulfils the sacrifices that are required to bring us into the presence of God. 




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