Why Is the Tabernacle Important Today?

The Spiritual Significance of the Tabernacle

Replica of the Tent Of Meeting and the Brazen Altar
Replica of the Tent Of Meeting and the Brazen Altar. Getty Images/Reynold Mainse/Design Pics

The tabernacle, or the "tent of meeting," is referred to roughly 130 times in the Old Testament.

A precursor to the temple in Jerusalem, the tabernacle was a movable place of worship for the children of Israel. It was where God met with Moses and the people to reveal his will. Interestingly, when the Israelites camped in the desert, the tabernacle was situated in the very center of camp, with the 12 tribes encamped around it.

The entire compound of the tabernacle would fill nearly half the area of a football or soccer field.

Why is the tabernacle important? The tabernacle itself, as well as each element in the tabernacle compound, are spiritually symbolic and carry important significance for Christians today. For starters, the tabernacle helps us better see and understand the pattern of worship our Holy God set forth for us to approach him.

The guide below gives an overview of the different aspects of the tabernacle and their meaning.

  • The High Priest sacrificed animals for Israel's sins, a ritual that had to be constantly repeated.
  • The Holy Place, a secluded chamber in the desert tabernacle, was separated from the frightening presence of God only by a cloth veil.
  • The Golden Lampstand shed light on more than just the holy place in the desert tabernacle.
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