Did you know you can give up your right to eat?
We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. Hebrews 13:10
Food and drink and carnal ordinances do not cut it.
[The tent symbolizes the present age]. According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. Hebrews 9:9-10
The difference is graphic.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17
Tabernacle is a fancy word for tent. Yes, that place that moved with the ancient Israelites and provided them with the point of access to God and atonement was a tent.
No matter how dazzling the beauty or splendour, the Tent of Meeting (and the later temple) was a far cry from the Word made flesh. Jewish attempts to rebuild a temple are probably just the kind of thing one thinks one sees at a funeral parlour viewing. Which part of “desolate” do they not understand?
- He was full of grace and truth and brought the same to all.
- The Tent of Meeting was limited to Israelites.
- It had no grace for the guilty.
- It was the place where the last murder of an innocent took place
The children of Israel called it MISHKAN because God resided there. שכן. shakan, he dwells. (Shekinah is from this word.)
The children of Israel called it MIQDASH because God’s devoted or holy things were there. קדש qadash, he devotes (he makes holy). Sanctuary and sanctify are from this word.
The tent is defunct because a better and eternal covenant is now in place. Hebrews 13:20 and Matthew 26:27-29
The long and short of our interest in the tabernacle is that no-one can serve God and the tabernacle (or what it stood for). People can seem to be hugging Yeshua but once they start talking about tent, holy place, commandments, regulations about food and drink it is a foregone conclusion that they are lost in the woods.
If you are trying to be the new Jew or if you have been convinced that there is justice and morality in the old covenant it is no surprise to God. When Moses brought the Israelites the covenant they were telling themselves that a golden calf had rescued them from Egyptian bondage. When Christ gave the Israelites the only sign of who He was – dead for 3 days then back to life – they told themselves that the disciples had stolen the body.
The new covenant does not contain the old covenant. The new covenant is not the old covenant.
Following Moses, the Old Covenant and its housing puts you in the wrong place. You have no right to talk about the Saviour as if you know him.