The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 36

“The ark was constructed by Bezaleel (Exod 37:1) in accordance with instructions received by Moses in
the Mount. (
Exod 25:9, 40; Heb 8:5) It was made to preserve the two tables of stone upon which
the Covenant between God and his people was engraved
. (Exod 25:16) But in due time it was also
contained “the golden pot that held the heavenly manna” (Exod 16:32–34; Heb 9:4) and likewise
Aaron’s rod that had budded.” (Num 17:10; Heb 9:4) Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 208

Some failing to compare all the relevant scriptures in regards to what specifically was contained in the Ark
have concluded that only the two tables of the law were to be found there, that the golden pot of manna
and Aaron’s rod were merely placed before the Ark in the Most Holy, such texts as the following may have
led to this confusion.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a
token against the rebels
.” (Num 17:10)

And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up
before the LORD, to be kept for your generations. As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid
it up
before the Testimony, to be kept.” (Exod 16:33, 34)

It this alone were grounds to arrive at such a conclusion then what should we make of the following,

Take this book of the law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that
it may be there as a witness against you
.” (Deut 31:26)

However a careful examination of scriptures clears the matter up for us, note
Exod 25:16 in regards to
the tables of the law,

And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give to you.”

You see the “
Testimony” referred to in our first two text was not in reference to the Ark of the
, but rather to the Testimony of the Law, the two tables of stone, it was before these
within the ark that Aaron’s rod and the pot of heavenly manna were to be placed, as is confirmed by the
Apostle in
Heb 9:4

And behind the second vail the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All… the ark
of the covenant …
in which were the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded,
and the tables of the covenant
.” (Heb 9:3, 4)

‘Aaron’s Rod that budded’ showed the elect character of all the Body of Christ as members of
the `Royal Priesthood.’ By reading
Numbers 17, the meaning of the budded rod will be seen to
be Jehovah’s acceptance of Aaron and his sons—the typical priesthood, representatives of Christ
and the Church—as the only ones who might perform the priest’s office of mediator
. That rod,
therefore, represented the acceptableness of the `
Royal Priesthood’— the Christ, Head and Body. The
rod budded and brought forth almonds. A peculiarity about the almond tree is that the fruit-buds appear
before the leaves. So with the `
Royal Priesthood:’ they sacrifice or begin to bring forth fruit before the
leaves of professions are seen. (The leaves of profession cannot come first.)

The Golden Pot of Manna represented immortality as being one of the possessions of the Christ
of God
. Our Lord Jesus doubtless refers to this when he says: `To him that overcomes will I give to
eat of
the hidden manna.’ (Rev 2:17) “Manna was the bread which came down from heaven as a life-
sustainer for Israel.
It represented the living bread, supplied to the world by God through Christ.
But as the Israelites needed to gather this supply of manna daily or else want and starve, so it will be
necessary for the world ever to seek supplies of life and grace if they would live everlastingly. But to those
who become Christ’s joint-heirs, members of the Anointed Body, God makes a special offer of a peculiar
sort of manna, the same and yet different from that given to others—`
the hidden manna.’ One
peculiarity of this pot of manna was that it was incorruptible; hence it well illustrates the
immortal, incorruptible condition promised to all members of the `Seed’—which is the Church
The manna or life-support fed to Israel was not incorruptible, and must therefore be gathered daily. So all
the obedient of mankind who shall by and by be recognized as Israelites indeed, will be provided with life
everlasting, but conditional, supplied and renewed life; while the `
little flock,’ who under present
unfavorable conditions are faithful `
over-comers,’ will be given an incorruptible portion—immortality.—
Rev 2:17

Here then in the golden Ark, was represented the glory to be revealed in the divine Christ: in the
budded rod
, God’s chosen priesthood; in the tables of the Law, the righteous Judge; in the
incorruptible manna in the golden bowl
, immortality, the divine nature.” (T121–123)

When the camp prepares to journey, Aaron and his sons shall come, and they shall take down
the covering Vail (the Second Vail) and cover the ark of the Testimony with it. Then they shall put
on it
a covering of seals’ skins, and spread over that a cloth entirely of blue; and they shall (re-)
insert its poles
.” (Num 4:5, 6)

“Concerning the one and only piece of furniture which stood in the Most Holy of the Tabernacle, the Ark of
the Covenant, it is interesting to note that its external covering was not seals’ skins but a cloth of blue—
wholly of blue. It completely covered the seals’ skins covering and the vail with which this Ark of the
Covenant was also covered. Is it not true of those who attain the condition represented by the Ark—the
state of the glorified Christ “
beyond the Vail”—that their flesh is no longer visible to those who once
knew them as merely fleshly, human creatures? They receive the reward of their faithfulness—the victory
of faith. It is “
beyond the Vail,” which “vail” represents death.

In the type, the seals’ skin covering was, in this instance, beneath the cloth of blue but, at the
same time, above “the Vail” which directly covered the Ark. How exquisitely beautiful! It was as
if to say: These New Creatures are no longer visible in the flesh, but are in the fullest sense
partakers of the Divine Nature; yet their flesh has not passed “beyond the Vail,” for truly “flesh
and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.”
(1 Cor 15:50) The blue covering, which has the
significance of faithfulness, being the external covering over the Ark, seems to say that this class has
been faithful. Though the world of mankind shall never again see their flesh, they will be called upon to
recognize this faithfulness. This they will do when, in the words of the Psalmist, they declare “
this and
that man was born in [Zion]
.” (Psa 87:5, 6) Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 253

Thus concludes our look at the Tabernacle its construction and furnishings. It is my hope that this has
proved as much a blessing to you all as it has to me, as it is said “
The liberal soul shall be made fat,
he that waters is himself watered” "There is that which scatters, and yet increases; and
there is that which withholds, but it tends only to poverty
." May the Lord keep us from such poverty
and grant us the true riches.

What we will take a look at next is an outline of the construction process, i.e. an illustrated look at how
precisely the Tabernacle
might have been erected, from its foundation stages to its completion.

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