ACCORDING TO ALL THAT I SHOW YOU CONCERNING THE PATTERN OF THE TABERNACLE, AND OF ALL ITS FURNITURE, SO YOU SHALL MAKE IT … EXODUS 25:9
A year into this journey, a Bible verse prompted me to research if there was any reference to the cardinal directions in the Bible, which led me to the Tabernacle of Moses. God gave Moses instructions to build the tabernacle and revealed to Moses every detail of the construction of the Tabernacle. Nothing was left to Moses’ imagination. Moses simply followed God’s exact instructions.
Exodus 25:40 And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
God gave very specific instructions about the construction of the tabernacle to show His unquestionable authority and holiness, and emphasise to the people that they could only come to God on God’s terms, not their own. In the book of Leviticus God laid out the strict rules one had to observe while worshipping in and living around the Tabernacle, and its consequences if anyone violated his commands. God created the whole world in six days, but used forty days to instruct Moses, giving specific instructions, and reminding him time and again to build the Tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern that was shown to him. More than 50 chapters in the Bible are solely devoted to the Tabernacle.
One early morning I recollected reading about the Menorah, the seven-branched candelabra beaten out of a solid piece of gold that served as one of the 7 sacred items in the tabernacle to burn continually; and the ‘fire energy’ that should not be put out in the South East area, which was also a concept in Vaastu Shastra.
Leviticus 24:1-2 The Lord said to Moses, “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning continually”
Exodus 40: 24–25 And he put the lamp stand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle, and set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
The Menorah was the only item that dispersed light within the dark tent; hence the Lords instructions were to ensure the light did not go off. It had to burn continually day and night.
Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the lamp stands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast.
John 8:12 Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.
That morning I experienced faith triumph over evil, Jesus is that burning flame, replacing the Tabernacle menorah, thus becoming the light that burns continually with love for us. All we have to do is approach Him with our prayers and faith.
John 1:9-13 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free