Just as Jesus used parables to illustrate and bring to life his teachings, so God frequently used visual aids in the Old Testament to better illuminate our understanding of many spiritual truths.
That is certainly true of the Hebrew Tabernacle—an amazing picture of God’s plan of redemption for mankind.
We have two visual aid resources and a set of free lessons that help explain the purpose and meaning of the Tabernacle.
The Tabernacle Model Kit
The Tabernacle Model Kit is a 1:90 scale representation of the Tabernacle constructed by Moses. Consisting of 328 pieces, the completed assembly can be painted to provide a realistic visual model. Assembling the model together as part of the lessons is an ideal activity for families and students in schools, homeschools and camps.
To help you bring this model to life, we have an illustrated step-by-step guide (in English and French) that you can follow. See the painting guide or download a PDF copy »
The Tabernacle Furniture Set
The Tabernacle Furniture Set, at 1:10 scale, provides a closer examination of the key pieces of the Tent of Meeting. Each furniture piece is made from metal castings and completed with an electroplated gold finish.
The Hebrew Tabernacle: A Model of Messiah
We also have a revised 11-lesson Bible study that provides a succinct but meaningful study of the Tabernacle. These go into detail on many of the physical aspects of the Tabernacle and the spiritual significance of the Tent of Meeting and its pieces of furniture. The lessons are appropriate for personal, group, classroom, homeschool and camp use.
In the gospels, we read that God—in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ—“became flesh and made his dwelling (literally “tabernacled”) among us” (John 1:14 NIV). These lessons will point out how the Tabernacle is a visual aid that foreshadows and sheds light on the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
May your study of these lessons provide you with a deeper glimpse of the awesome and holy character of God and a more profound appreciation of the all-sufficient substitute of the Lamb of God—Jesus Christ—whom the Lord provided to be the atonement for mankind’s sin-debt.