Everything within the tabernacle had purpose. We see in many of it’s contents, pictures of Jesus Christ and His purpose for coming to earth.
1. He was The Light of the World.
Lev. 24:1-9 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually. Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations. He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually.”
2. He was the Bread of Life.
“And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD. And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD. Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.” LESSON - Upon the completion of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He passed the torch to His followers.
1. We are now the light to the world.
Mt. 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
2. We provide the bread of life to everyone who will receive it.
Jn. 6:57-58 “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”
Just as the people were instructed to provide oil for the lamps and flour for the bread in the Tabernacle, we have been commanded to provide the necessary resources so that the church might shine a light to the community and offer the bread of life for the willing to receive Jesus Christ as Savior! It was an everlasting covenant because it’s a job that remains incomplete until the Lord returns.