So instead of having an earthy tabernacle made with men’s hands, we now have the true eternal Tabernacle in heaven, instead of having weak and temporary high priest, we now have the Eternal High Priest, and instead of having offerings which could not present the worshipper perfect and holy in the presence of the Most High, we now have the perfect offering which can present the worshipper perfect, holy and irreproachable in the presence of the Most High.
In performing the services of God as priests one should consider the fact that there are two compartments in the Tabernacle of meeting in which the work has to be performed, one is the outer court and the other is the inner court, and there are specific functions that are to be carried out in both courts.
1. THE OUTER COURT
This first compartment called the outer court or the sanctuary is where the priests enter regularly to carry out their ministry, and what occupied this compartment verified the activities that were being conducted therein, and they consist of:-
a. The lamp stand
This was figurative to the church as clearly illustrated in scriptures which state; “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp-stands which you saw are the seven churches” (Revelation1:13, 20).
b. The Table
This is figurative to the heart, and fellowship for it is written; “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” And, “You are manifestly an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not of tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, the heart” (Proverbs 3:3; 2Corinthians 3:3).
With regards to fellowship, it coincides with Jesus Christ’s statement when He said; “And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:30).
c. The showbread
This is figurative to Christ and the church. In relation to Christ, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” And concerning the church the scripture states, “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (John 6:48; 1Corinthians 10:17).
The outer court demonstrates the faithfulness of Jesus Christ to His church. He never leaves them nor forsakes them. Even if we are faithless or unfaithful, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. He is ever present to empower, teach and guide them to perform their work of service.
The outer Court is where the church evangelizes, reaching out to others with the gospel, through bible study, lectures, crusades going out into the world, preaching the gospel and reaping the harvest of souls, with Christ in their midst upholding and supporting it.
But the inner court requires a compltely different service which will be discussed in the next article.