I love the Old Testament for many reasons. We’re told of it’s value, point blank style, by Paul the apostle in Romans 15:4 when he writes,
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 ESV)
One of my favorite aspects of the OT is all of the imagery, on virtually every page, that points to the one who would come, Jesus Christ.
The Tabernacle, built by Moses in the book of Exodus is certainly no exception.
Rose Publishing puts out fantastic resources for the body of Christ. Their small booklet on The Tabernacle is jam-packed with pictures, information and encouragement.
Yes, encouragement. For the simple reason that the entire Tabernacle, from beginning to end, is a glorious picture of Christ, our great God and Savior.
Speaking of “beginning to end” – as usual, Rose has published another resource that is tremendously helpful and informative from beginning to end. The pictures that Rose puts in virtually every one of their books and pamphlets are helpful all by themselves. But Rose goes above and beyond with their extensive articles, notes, charts, cross references and explanations on most everything in this pamphlet.
This fold out is a must have for any serious student of the Old Testament in general and of Christ and his types, specifically. Starting from a bird’s eye view, the Tabernacle is surveyed from above with a neatly annotated color drawing to give a good overview of the entire structure and its parts. Then, with careful precision, Rose goes into the specific details of each and every object, material and arrangement explaining not only the facts and figures of the items themselves, but their spiritual significance as well.
As you unfold the Tabernacle pamphlet, it only gets better. Some key sections that I found very helpful are –
- A thorough article on the Ark of the Covenant.
- An excellent chart detailing the symbolism of the OT and how Christ fulfills what were formerly mysterious shadows and signs.
- A full page annotated illustration of the Aaronic priest, his garments and duties.
- A breakdown of the five main sacrifices recorded in Leviticus 1-6, their symbolism and ultimate fulfillment in Christ, the lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world.
- An outstanding time line surveying the “travels” of the Ark of the Covenant from its initial construction by Moses to its highly probable destruction by the Babylonians (sorry, Raiders of the Lost Ark isn’t real) around 586 B.C.
If you’re in your local Christian bookstore and you see a Rose resource, buy it if you can. If you see the Rose Tabernacle pamphlet, buy it even if you can’t afford it. It’s well worth the money and will encourage you to see the Bible, yes even the Old Testament, as one united book who’s one and only main character is Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Passover lamb who has been sacrificed.
I was provided a free copy of this pamphlet from Rose Publishing for a free, unbiased, honest review.