About 50 chapters of the first 5 books of the Bible are dedicated to some aspect of the building and function of the Tabernacle. Following the Exodus from Egypt, this seems to reflect the importance God placed in the use and forward-looking redemptive purpose of the Tabernacle. Before this movable temple would take on a more permanent location at Shiloh following the conquest of the land under Joshua’s leadership, the Tabernacle played a very central role in the life and culture of the ancient Israelites.
“The Bible called the Tabernacle the Tent of Meeting. It was where God’s shekina glory was on full display to the 12 tribes of Israel. During the wanderings in the desert, the Tabernacle was the place where sacrifices of all kinds took place. It served as God’s movable temple!”
Displayed at Timnah in southern Israel is a full-size model of the Tabernacle. The size of the Tabernacle was 150 x 75 feet. Great detail is given about this structure (see Exodus 25:8). Men with specific talents were in charge of various aspects of building, maintaining, and even moving the Tabernacle from place to place during the 40 years of desert wandering.
Today, a Messianic ministry conducts tours of the Tabernacle. Their web site is filled with useful insights, particularly about the Christological fulfillment of the Tabernacle by Jesus (see Hebrews 9).
Below is a photo gallery taken on our recent November Israel tour.
An 8 minute video has also been produced by our ministry a few years ago now. You can watch it below as well.