by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The Tabernacle: God's Portrait of Christ
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

In any study of the Tabernacle, there is not much to say that has not
already been said. "Of making many books there is no end"
(Ecclesiastes 12:12) has definite application to treatments of the
Tabernacle. Therefore, the desire for novelty has not entered into the
making of this thesis. Rather, the works of others have been drawn upon
copiously, and most of this thesis is a restatement that constitutes a revision
of previous works.
Wherein does this thesis differ from others, and what purpose
prompts its appearance, are questions that justify an adequate answer.
The paramount purpose has been to reveal, very inadequately and
briefly to be sure, that God wrote systematic theology in the very warp
and woof of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was theology prewritten;
the whole gamut of theology was run from Dan to Beersheba. The
Tabernacle is the ABC's of salvation for babes in Christ. All the great
doctrines of the Christian faith are contained therein.
The treatment of this thesis is from the standpoint of the furniture.
No time has been spent in hair-splitting interpretations of the meaning
of the tent pins, bars, and bolts. We firmly believe that there is meaning
in the minutest thread; however, the approach here has been from the
It is interesting to note that only one verse of Scripture records the
creation of the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1), while fifteen chapters
are devoted to the Tabernacle (Exodus 25 - 40) and a whole book
(Leviticus) to the service of it. Evidently God meant to convey to our
hearts more than arithmetical measurements of a lifeless structure that's
sole interest, at best, lies in the realm of architecture.
The Tabernacle tells the story of God's bared arm in action, while
creation tells out the account of His finger work. God's finger work
(Psalm 19) does not require the space of God's bared-arm work (Isaiah
52:10). The Taber ...

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