Leonard Sheldrake

Tabernacle Types And Shadows

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Why Was The Ark Of The Covenant Made?

Read Deuteronomy 10:1-5. These verses show that the special reason the ark was constructed was to receive the second two tables of stone on which were written the ten commandments. The first two tables were broken by Moses because the first and great commandment was broken by the people when they made the golden calf and worshipped it. The ark of the covenant with its blood sprinkled mercy seat was the way in type that a holy God could still show grace to a sinful and unreliable people. A...

Tabernacle Types and Shadows

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt (Gr. Tabernacled) among us, (and we beheld his glory)” Jno. 1:14 The most wonderful structure ever erected by man on this earth was not the Taj Mahal of India that is sometimes called a dream in white marble; nor was it the Temple of Diana in Ephesus called one of the seven wonders of the world because of its gigantic pillars; neither was it St. Peter’s at Rome with its magnificent dome; not even the Temple Solomon built at Jerusalem which was ...

The Court And The Gate

Exodus 27:9-17 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6). Where God And Men Begin Entering the Tabernacle from the outside, the very last object to be reached would be the ark which was located in the most holy place. This piece of furniture was the first that God describes and commands to be made; it was evidently the most important. But before any of the holy articles of the inside were seen, the Israelite approaching the ta...

The Altar Of Burnt Offering

Exodus 27:1-8; 38:1-7. “Christ…an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.” (Eph. 5:2). The antitype of this altar and its continual sacrifice upon it, is Christ upon the cross. As the fire of that altar never went out (Lev. 6:13) so the memorial and worth of the work of Christ abides perpetually (Heb. 10:12-14). The Place Of The Altar The place of the altar of burnt-offering was at the door of the tabernacle (Lev. 1:3). The door and the altar were assoc...

The Laver In The Tabernacle

(Exodus 30:17-21) “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: when they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made...

The Vail And The Hanging For The Door

(Exodus 26:31-33, 36-37) “Curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth”. (Pa. 139:15-16). The Word translated “curiously wrought” in Psalm 139 is the very same word that is translated “needlework” and “embroiderer” in Exodus 35:35; 38:23, etc. “Needlework” is literally “the work of an embroiderer.” The beautiful curtains of the tabernacle with their “blue and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen” are all typical of the body and lowly humanity of ou...

The Boards, Their Sockets, And Their Bars

(Exodus 26:15-30) “Builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Eph. 2:22). The boards of the tabernacle standing upright on their silver sockets, and fastened right into those sockets by the tenons beneath the boards, are like believers who stand upright upon redemption in Christ. “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7). Each board was seventeen and one-half feet high, two and...

The Coverings Of The Tabernacle

(Exodus 26:1-14; 36:8-19) The Badgers’ Skins “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?” (Matt. 16:13). The outside covering of the tabernacle is said in the common version to be “badgers’ skins.” There is the greatest difference of opinion as to what these coverings were. The Revised Version says, “seal skins.” Authorities do not agree at all as to what animal is intended. They talk about a weasel, a wolf, a porpoise, a sea cow, and many other animals including an a...
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