The Typical Tabernacle
God foreknew the Israelites would be unable to fulfil
the Law Covenant, and although He gave minute instructions respecting the
Tabernacle, and the sacrifices to be offered therein, yet it was only for
the lessons it would convey to us. The Tabernacle, in its Court, Holy and
Most Holy, in its furniture, priests and sacrifices, illustrated the most
important features of the Divine Plan.
St. Paul informs us that the bullock of the sin-offering
on the Day of Atonement typified Jesus in the flesh. The killing of the
bullock represented the sacrifice of Jesus, begun at His baptism. In His
sacrificing, Jesus was also the antitypical High Priest. The offering of
incense on the Golden Altar represented Jesus' heart endeavors in doing
the Father's will.
Carrying the blood into the Holy represented the
consecration of the antitypical priest, the veil thus symbolizing the
death of his will, because of which he is accepted as a New Creature. The
High Priest passing under the veil typified The Man Christ Jesus pouring
out His soul on Calvary, laying down in death the body which God prepared
The High Priest sprinkling the Mercy-Seat typified
Jesus, in Heaven itself, offering to Justice, first His own sacrifice, and
then His Church's sacrifice. Nothing could be done with the blood of the
Goat (the Church) till the blood of the Bullock (Christ Jesus) had made it
holy and acceptable.
The High Priest washing and dressing in the Court
represented The Christ complete, changing from the "Body of
humiliation" to conditions of glory and power. Clad in his robes of
glory, the High Priest represented Messiah, empowered to bless
mankind.--Exodus 28:2; Philippians 3:21.
Aaron blessing the people typified Messiah at His Second
Advent blessing all who will become true Israelites during the Messianic
Reign. The people shouting and falling on their faces represented
recognition of the end of the reign of Sin and Death. Their arising