Our Spiritual Journey Inside the Tabernacle – Part 2: The Fence
As I stated in Part 1 of this blog series, the tabernacle is a physical representation of the spiritual process that God has created for mankind to draw near to Him and for Him to dwell with us. However, there are several things that separate mankind from a holy God. The first thing that comes between God and man is faith. Until we have faith, we cannot know God. However, what we see as a barrier, God sees as an opportunity for blessing.
As we approach the tabernacle, the first thing we come to is a linen “fence” surrounding the courtyard. This fence is 7.5 feet high, 75 feet wide and 150 feet long. No one outside the fence can see into the tabernacle. This fence represents a separation from God. It shows us that man is outside of God’s presence with no way of entering on our own.
Ephesians 1:4 tells us that God chose us as His own: “In the Messiah he chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in his presence.” When God chooses someone to bring into relationship with Himself, it’s as if He shows us that fence and we begin to be aware of the separation. A desire to be in ongoing communion with God is planted within us.
Once we come to that realization, God says, “There’s just one doorway through the fence into my kingdom — let me show it to you.” He brings us to the only opening in the fence. Yeshua said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) Yeshua is our entrance.
But it takes faith to step through that door — to believe that Yeshua is God’s Son and the only way to God. So God says, “I’ll take the first step; I’ll give you the gift of faith — something that you cannot generate on your own. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and faith not of yourselves, but it is the gift of God.”
So we see that God is the source of our faith. By offering us faith, He’s inviting us inside the fence, into intimacy with Him and the process of salvation. This faith is the first gift of the tabernacle. The fence serves to illuminate the gift God has given us—the gift of entrance into an everlasting communion with God Himself. We must accept the invitation of this gift before we can see the next.
Once through that entrance in the fence, a completely new life is possible — one of spiritual awareness and the ability to live within the presence of God forever. In Part 3 we’ll discover the next gift God offers us to bring us this new life.