This manuscript was previously published in 1990 by Alive Ministries as a Bible conference guide. This version includes significant revisions.
You will find the principles here dynamic. This is not your typical tabernacle book. “The tabernacle,” Small says “is a template for prayer and worship, a kind of roadmap into God’s presence, a call for balance in prayer and worship.”
There is an old saying that testifies to the relationship between the Testaments: “The New is in the Old concealed; and the Old is in the New revealed.” When the New Testament writers penned their histories and letters, they referenced the Law, the Prophets, and the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. The New Testament is rooted in the Old Testament. It is hardly understood without it. Paul says to the Romans that the things “written before were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4, NKJV). In the first letter to Corinth, he calls the events of the Old Testament “examples … written for our admonition” (10:6, 11). The Law and the Tabernacle, both given at the same time and on the same mountain, are a “schoolmaster” to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Jesus reminds us, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill it” (Matthew 5:17). The Old was a shadow of the things to come. It is in the New revealed.
Doug takes the viewer on a tour of the Tabernacle of Moses – the court, the holy place, the most holy place. He describes the purpose of each piece of furniture – the altar, the laver, the golden table, the lamp stand, the golden altar, the Ark of the Covenant. Here you find the blood, the water, the bread, the oil, the incense and the glory! This is a template for prayer. A study that goes beyond a mere review of details, this study is rich with spiritual insights. This is one of Doug’s best! Doug uses the tabernacle as a guide for prayer. Beginning with the gate, and thanksgiving, he shows how the entire tabernacle is a pathway into the presence of God – the altar and the redemption, the laver and sanctification, the table and the Word, the lamp stand and the Spirit, the altar of incense and the power of prayer, the Ark of the Covenant – the mystery of Jesus. He uses the five basic offerings of the tabernacle – the sin and trespass offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the peace offering – as a template for prayer. Old Testament? This is actually the outline for the book of Romans! And it becomes a powerful model for personal prayer.