“The Tabernacle is a Type of Christ”

 

 

The Holy of Holies

 

 

 

          Within the Holy of Holies, shielded from the eye of the common man, was one piece of furniture comprising two parts: the Ark of the Covenant and the atonement cover (or “mercy seat”) on top of it. The ark was a chest made of acacia wood, overlaid with pure gold inside and out. It was 3 feet, 9 inches long and 2 feet, 3 inches wide and high. God commanded Moses to put in the ark three items: a golden pot of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written.

 

           The atonement cover was the lid for the ark. On top of it stood two cherubim (angels) at the two ends, facing each other. The cherubim, symbols of God’s divine presence and power, were facing downward toward the ark with outstretched wings that covered the atonement cover. The whole structure was beaten out of one piece of pure gold. The atonement cover was God’s dwelling place in the tabernacle. It was His throne, flanked by angels. God said to Moses:

 

“There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.” Exodus 25:22Exodus 25:22
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

22 Allí me manifestaré a ti, y hablaré contigo desde encima del propiciatorio, de entre los dos querubines que están sobre el Arca del testimonio, todo lo que yo te mande para los hijos de Israel.

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“Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.” Leviticus 16:2Leviticus 16:2
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

2 Y Jehová dijo a Moisés: «Di a Aarón, tu hermano, que no entre en todo tiempo en el santuario detrás del velo,c delante del propiciatorio que está sobre el Arca,d para que no muera, pues yo apareceré en la nube sobre el propiciatorio.

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Other Scriptures also speak of God’s throne:

 

“…the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim that are on the ark.” 2 Samuel 6:22 Samuel 6:2
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

2 Se levantó David y partió de Baala de Judác con todo el pueblo que lo acompañaba para trasladar de allí el Arca de Dios,d sobre la cual era invocado el nombre de Jehová de los ejércitos, que tiene su trono entre los querubines.e

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“O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.” Isaiah 37:16Isaiah 37:16
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

16 «Jehová de los ejércitos, Dios de Israel, que moras entre los querubines,h solo tú eres Dios de todos los reinos de la tierra; tú hiciste los cielos y la tierra.

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           Above the ark and the atonement cover, God appeared in His glory in “unapproachable light” 1 Timothy 6:161 Timothy 6:16
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

16 el único que tiene inmortalidad, que habita en luz inaccesibleq y a quien ninguno de los hombres ha visto ni puede ver.r A él sea la honra y el imperio sempiterno. Amén.

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. This light is sometimes referred to as the Shekinah glory. The word Shekinah, although it does not appear in our English bibles, has the same roots as the word for tabernacle in Hebrew and refers to the presence of the Lord.