Tabernacle (Exod. 40:2).
Metaphysical. The temporal body of man. The tabernacle represents the temporal body, as the
Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem represents the regenerated, permanent body. In the wilderness of
sense, man worships God in a tent, or a temporary, transitory state of mind, which makes a perishable
body. Yet in this flimsy structure are all the furnishings of the great temple that is to be built. The outer
structure was of cloth, but the altar, laver, candlestick, Ark of the Covenant, and all the inner utensils
were of gold and silver and precious woods. This means that the central functions of the body are
enduring and that it is the fleshly covering that is so perishable. When the Lord commanded the building
of this temporary structure there was a promise of a permanent one. So the body of every man is the
promise of an imperishable one, even the body of Christ.
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