Importance of The Tabernacle


Many people who read and study Pentateuch always wonder why all of these boring, minuscule and seemingly unimportant, irrelevant technical details of the Tabernacle take such a large portion of the Book of Exodus.

As I have pointed out on many occasions, the answer to this extremely important question is right in the original text.

Let's take a look at Exodus 25:8
8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. [KJV]

8 And they have made for Me a sanctuary, and I have tabernacled in their midst [YLT]

8 Thus they will make for Me a sanctuary, and I will tabernacle in their midst. [CLV]
8 wə‘āśû lî miqədāš wəšāḵanətî bəṯwōḵām:  [tr] 
‎8 ‏וְעָ֥שׂוּ לִ֖י מִקְדָּ֑שׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּ֖י בְּתוֹכָֽם׃
This verse implies, that if we want to have God's presence to dwell[ושכנתי] among us, WE [ועשו] must build Him a proper Sanctuary [מקדש]. It is up to us. God gives us a choice. If we want proof that God exists and if we want to see some physical manifestation of the Creator, we must build the Tabernacle.

This means that all of these technical details are provided to us so that we can rebuild the structure.

This means that it is us who will have to build a place for God to dwell among us! Not some messiah.

This means that Tabernacle must be built by all of us and it is NOT a job for one man. Entire congregation was willing and was working to build the Tabernacle!

This means that this is a matter of choice for us try to understand and use these instructions for a good cause.

What matters is that these particular specifications provided in the original text are included and accounted for in the design of this particular dwelling.

Torah never says anything about stone Temple and speaks explicitly ONLY about the Tabernacle. Levitical Tithe was the reward for working IN THE TENT of the Tabernacle, not the Temple!!

Tabernacle is said to be forever!!! Tabernacle is called the blessing and the eternal dwelling of God. See Exodus 27:20-21, Leviticus 16:32-34, Leviticus 24:2-4,  Numbers 18:20-24, Numbers 18:31 and Leviticus 26:11.

Jerusalem or the Temple is NEVER mentioned in the Written Torah. Written Torah talks only about Tabernacle (Mishkan) and all rituals and commandments are centered around the Tabernacle. In fact, we are explicitly said to seek God's tabernacle and that the Tabernacle can move from place to place:

YLT Dt 12:5 but unto the place which Jehovah your God doth choose out of all your tribes to put His name there, to His tabernacle ye seek, and thou hast entered thither,

Human beings, unlike God, have to rely upon physical realities of the surrounding world and therefore if such dwelling is to be built, it would have to be in-line with the strict rules of architecture. That is why all of these technical details are so crucial.

The Tabernacle is the ONLY sanctuary, that is directly sanctioned by God Himself. Whereas, the Temple was NEVER approved by God and it is never even mentioned in the Written Torah.

Another important conclusion that can be drawn from all the verses mentioned, is that in the original text of Pentateuch, The Tabernacle is referred to as (בית מקדש שכן ) "The House of Sanctuary of The Presence" (i.e Exod 25:8).

Therefore, unlike most traditional opinions and interpretations imply, the Tabernacle is the only true permanent dwelling of the presence of God, even though it is portable and movable. And it is nothing compared to the immovable yet temporary dwelling such as the Temple made out of stone and mortar.

Just remember, that NO OTHER holy book of any other known religion includes similar,  purely technical details for the House of God. This is due to the fact that in order to build the real Heaven's Gate, one would have to use very real, very much scientific, technical methods. And you cannot fake that !

In fact, the most significant practical application of the study and building of the Tabernacle is the benefits it may bring to everyday life. Just like the weapons of war or the Space Race brought practical and real advances in the civilian life (i.e Velcro  computers, plastics, nuclear power plants e.t.c), so can the study of the structure and inter-workings of the Tabernacle can bring in the great advances in the very same civilian sector and improve everyday life of most people. This is because the Tabernacle, in the essence is a very complicated machine to allow the presence of God to physically dwell in our physical universe, and therefore the parts that the Tabernacle is made of and the principles it works by can also be very important to greatly advance what we call science.

Therefore, it is up to us to build the dwelling for God's presence!

The dwelling of God is not going to magically appear out of nowhere or descent from Heavens in a ready-to-use state. In fact, it would not be even possible to build such dwelling without absolute, unconditional unity and collaboration between all of us.

Deuteronomy 29:29 implies, that Tabernacle is for us and our sons, forever. Torah gives us very clear instructions about Tabernacle and provides all details for us to build it. It was revealed to us, so it is ours. Not God's or some messiah's. Nobody is going to rebuild the Tabernacle for us, except ourselves. So it is up to us to rebuild it. 

It is OUR responsibility to build proper, righteous dwelling for One God. No one else's !!!

Only then He will be willing to dwell in our midst. And since it is WE who are required to build Him His dwelling, all of these technical details of the Tabernacle description are essential and indispensable if we ever hope to accomplish this task.

We are very fortunate to have these specifications of the God's dwelling available to us. Therefore, it is critical to learn and properly understand them.

Only then, by building this Heaven's Gate - The Tabernacle, we will acknowledge and prove to God that we indeed want and need His Presence to dwell among us!


  1. Александр, шалом!
    Хочу попросить Вас перевести на русский статью "Важность Скинии", и поместить её на форуме levit1144.
    И если Вы не против, я хочу поместить её в своём блоге.
    Сегодня посмотрела видео "демонтаж ..." Мишкана и порадовалась за Вас и опять поплакала, так как представила себе всю грандиозность этого служения Богу.
    Спасибо Вам за великий труд! Успехов Вам!
    Аналемма 310311

  2. Un gran proyecto, que Dios lo bendiga y le de la traduccion de estos comentarios. Algo que podria implementar al software seria la aparicion de ventanas con informacion y versiculos relacionados con el objeto que se esta observando en su programa, ya sea el tabernaculo, las murallas u otra cosa. Dios lo bendiga!

  3. A very interesting article! Mentioned above was the connection between Exodus 25:8 and Genesis 28:17. Do you also see a connection in location? Is the location where the Tabernacle came to rest (after the desert wanderings) and the location of Jacob's Dream significant to you? They are one and the same place.

  4. Thank you for your comment. I have not researched the locations so I can't tell if they are related. But to me connection seems apparent. To a certain degree.

    Tabernacle was designed to be mobile so in my opinion it does not really have a specific predetermined place. That is the beauty of the Tabernacle. It travels where Hebrews are.

  5. Thank you for your reply. Researching the geography of the Torah has been a special interest of mine for several years now. I can see your special interest has been the detailed technical aspects of the Tabernacle. I have enjoyed reading your work so far.
    My thought is the Tabernacle does indeed have a predetermined resting place based on Jacob's statement in Genesis 28. The Tabernacle was with Israel as they sojourned, but after crossing the Jordan, the people and the Tabernacle rested in their place of inheritance.

  6. Thank you.

    You are welcome to post your thoughts about it here. I would love to hear them.

  7. I will be happy to contact you at your email and share some of my research with you.


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