“The Tabernacle is a Type of Christ”

 

The Gate:

 

         There was only one gate by which people could enter into the tabernacle courtyard. The gate was 30 feet wide. It was located directly in the center of the outer court on the east end. The gate was covered by a curtain or screen made of finely twisted linen in blue, purple and scarlet. The one and only gate is a representation of Christ as the only way through which one could fellowship with God and worship Him. To do this, one must enter in through the gate to the place where God dwelled. Jesus said in his famous “I am” statements:

 

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6John 14:6
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6 Jesús le dijo: --Yo soy el camino,e la verdad y la vida;f nadie viene al Padre sino por mí.g

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“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” John 10:9John 10:9
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9 Yo soy la puerta:c el que por mí entre será salvo; entrará y saldrá, y hallará pastos.

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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14Matthew 7:13-14
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La puerta angosta 13 »Entrad por la puerta angosta, porque ancha es la puerta y espacioso el camino que lleva a la perdición, y muchos son los que entran por ella; 14 pero angosta es la puerta y angosto el camino que lleva a la vida, y pocos son los que la hallan.j

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         The act of entering the gate to the tabernacle was significant to the Israelites. By entering, one could find forgiveness of sin and fellowship with God. The first thing that one saw upon coming through the gate was the brazen altar, which served as a reminder of man’s sinfulness and his need for a blood sacrifice in order to be fellowship with God. One needed to repent and offer sacrifices for their sin. Those who did not repent were not entering this “narrow way.”

 

The Brazen Altar:

 

 

         The brazen altar, bronze altar, or altar of sacrifice was situated right inside the courtyard upon entering the gate to the tabernacle. The Hebrew root for altar means “to slay” or “slaughter.” An altar is a “high place for sacrifice/slaughter.” The altar stood raised on a mound of earth, higher than its surrounding furniture. This is a projection of Christ, our sacrifice, lifted up on the cross, His altar, which stood on a hill called Golgotha.

 

         The altar was made of wood from the acacia tree and overlaid with bronze, measuring 7.5 feet on all four sides and 4.5 feet deep. Four horns projected from the top four corners and a bronze grating was inside to hold the animal.

 

        The altar was the place for burning animal sacrifices. It showed the Israelites that the first step for sinful man to approach a holy God was to be cleansed by the blood of an innocent creature. For a sin offering, a person had to bring an animal , a male one without blemish or defect from the flock or herd to the priest at the tabernacle gate.

 

“He is to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.” Leviticus 1:4Leviticus 1:4
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4 Pondrá su mano sobre la cabeza del holocausto, y le será aceptado como expiación.e

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         By laying his hand upon the head of the offering, the person was identifying with the sacrifice. His sin and guilt was being moved from himself to the animal. The priest would then slaughter the animal, sprinkle its blood in front of the veil of the Holy Place, burn the sacrifice, and pour the rest of it at the bottom of the altar. Blood is a significant agent of atonement and cleansing in the Old Testament.

 

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Leviticus 17:11Leviticus 17:11
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11 porque la vida de la carne en la sangre está, y yo os la he dado para hacer expiación sobre el altar por vuestras almas, pues la misma sangre es la que hace expiación por la persona.e

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“The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22Hebrews 9:22
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22 Y según la Ley, casi todo es purificado con sangre; y sin derramamiento de sangre no hay remisión.y

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          Today it is only by the blood of Christ that we are cleansed of our sins, Hebrews 9:22Hebrews 9:22
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22 Y según la Ley, casi todo es purificado con sangre; y sin derramamiento de sangre no hay remisión.y

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says “without sheddig of blood there is no remission. 1 John 1:71 John 1:7
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7 Pero si andamos en luz, como él está en luz,l tenemos comunión unos con otros y la sangre de Jesucristo, su Hijo,m nos limpia de todo pecado.n

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tells us that “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” God, in choosing the cleansing agent for our sins, chose the very best that He had, the blood of His own Son. It is by the precius blood of our Lord, that we are cleansed from all our sins. Revelation 1:5Revelation 1:5
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5 y de Jesucristo, el testigo fiel,l el primogénito de los muertosm y el soberano de los reyes de la tierra.n Al que nos ama, nos ha lavado de nuestros pecados con su sangreñ

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says “To Him who loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” Yes, it is only by the blood of our Lord, that we get our sins washed away. Jesus shed His blood for us, in His death, when He died on the cruel cross of Calvary.