Have you ever gotten lost while trying to read through Leviticus and Numbers? You dutifully stumble through your three chapters for the day, only to close your Bible wondering, “What was all that about?” Me too! I knew God included them for a purpose, but I would always seem to get hung up on all those bewildering details and specific descriptions of just exactly how God wanted the Tabernacle to be.
Last weekend our family had a great vacation to Pennsylvania for a visit with our Aunt Judy and Uncle Wayne. We had a blast playing pool, ping-pong, foosball, basketball, celebrating Grandpa’s birthday, and enjoying Aunt Judy’s delectable meals. On our way home we stopped at Cacapon State Park for an inspirational outdoor Sunday Service with several other homeschooled families.
But a highlight of the trip for me was Saturday, when our Aunt and Uncle took us on a nearby tour of a replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. It was much simpler than I thought! Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside, but we all now have a clear mental picture of the brasen altar, the golden candlestick, the Ark of the Covenant, the veil which set apart the Holy of Holies, and the overall size of the Tabernacle and its furnishings. We were blessed with an excellent tour guide who made learning about the significance of each item in the Tabernacle a fun experience, and who even took the time to answer our personal questions. The tour totally transformed my perspective of the Tabernacle! Now I am looking forward to reading the Old Testament, because I have the bigger picture and will be able to appreciate better the precise instructions God gave for building, using, and maintaining His holy habitation, as well as the symbolism it holds for our bodies as tabernacles of the Holy Spirit.