The Gospel was taught to Old Testament believers by the priest so that the children of Israel would look forward to the coming of the Messiah—the coming of the Savior, the Lamb of God, who would take away the sin of the world.

We begin with the altar—sacrifice for the purpose of redemption (see 1 Pet. 1:18–19). The cross provides complete forgiveness. The laver of water was for cleansing (see Titus 3:5). With that forgiveness, we come to Jesus Christ. Not only the Lamb of God, not only the Water of Life, but Jesus Christ, the Light of the World (see John 8:12). And then in John chapter six, three times Jesus says, I am the bread of life (see John 6:35, 48, and 51).

The Altar of Incense—a sweet-smelling aroma to God—the Apostle Paul relates to Jesus Christ (see Eph 5:2). He is a sweet-smelling savor in our behalf, and that “sweet smelling” speaks of propitiation. God is satisfied with the work of Christ on our behalf.

“The veil,” as Hebrews 10:20 tells us, is a picture of His body. Why? Because the body of Christ hid from us the glory of God while He was here on Earth. When that veil was ripped from top to bottom, bear in mind that the veil was 60ft high, four inches thick of woven, Egyptian linen. And when Christ died on the cross and yelled, “It is finished!”—His victory cry at the end—that veil ripped from top to bottom. Significance being that through the broken body of Jesus Christ, we have access into the presence of God.

Finally, the Ark of the Covenant, made of wood overlaid with gold, is a picture of His humanity and His deity. Inside the Ark were the three symbols of the sins of Israel: the broken tables of stone, the rod of Aaron that budded, and the bowl of manna. A picture of the fact that Christ bore in His body our sins on the cross (see 1 Pet. 2:24). And then, of course, on top of that Ark was what was known as “The Mercy Seat,” which speaks of total forgiveness through the blood of Christ (see Heb. 9:5, 26).

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