Who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” (Heb 8:5)
The tabernacle was a sacred place where God met the Israelites during the forty years they wandered in the wilderness. God commanded Moses, “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it” (Exodus 25:8-9). To this end, God gave very specific instructions. There was such precision as to the sizes, the colors, and the materials of various parts to be used in the construction of the tabernacle. This was to show God’s authority and holiness, and people could only come to God on God’s terms, not on their own. The Israelites had to follow God’s blueprint not only in the construction of the tabernacle, but also in the way they worshiped.
The specific layout of the tabernacle and its courtyard is significant because it illustrates God’s prescribed way for man to approach Him. For example, there was only one gate by which people could enter into the tabernacle courtyard. The one and only gate is a representation of Jesus Christ as the only way through which one could fellowship with God and worship Him. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God.” (Heb 10:19-21)
The tabernacle, set up according to what takes place in heaven, was to serve as an illustration for us to understand. The earthly system was a copy and shadow of heavenly things. Thus, God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle and its practices on earth with a warning to make it exactly as he was shown. By studying the tabernacle, we learn how precious it is that we can come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace. This is because Jesus Christ through His sacrificial death has torn town the veil and opened a new and living way for us to enter the Holy of Holies. Indeed, His way is the best way and the only way.