The Tent of Meeting - Year 7

"In Oct/Nov 2012, Year 7 studied in a lot of detail the Tabernacle of Meeting and all the different symbols which links it to the New Testament as well as our own life today. One day, God spoke to Moses and asked him to build him a house for Him to live amongst His People Israel. The house was to be called the Tabernacle of Meeting. God gave Moses  all the details of how to build the Tabernacle. God said to Moses, “Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8). We got to learn that the Tabernacle of Meeting is made up of 3 main areas: The Outer Court, The Holy & the Holy of Holies. This structure resembles our church today where we also have an Outer Court outside church, the main church & the inner Holy Sanctuary.

Year 7 TabernacleIn the Outer Court of the Tabernacle of Meeting, there were 2 important items: the Altar of Burnt Offerings (where the people of Israel used to present their offerings for the priests to offer to God) & the Laver (where the priests used to wash before entering the Holy). The Altar of Burnt offering was made of Acacia Wood (symbol of the salvation given to us through the Cross) & covered with Bronze (symbol of God's Strength). It also had 4 horns on the 4 corners of the alter to represent that Lord Jesus came to all people from the 4 corners of the world. The Laver was a symbol for Baptism where we need to be baptised before we can enter the Church and become a member of the Body of Christ. Only the Israelites were allowed to enter the Outer Court.

The Holy had 3 items in it and only the Priests were allowed to go inside to raise incense to God. The 3 items were:
1. The Golden Lampstand which had 7 cups of oil and was the only source of light in the tabernacle just like our Lord Jesus being the only source of Light in our Church and the Whole World.
The Tent of Meeting2. The Table of Showbread which had 12 unleavened bread laid on it along with Wine (a symbol of Holy Communion). The table also carried the Incense which was offered on the Altar of Incense. The Table of Showbread was made of Acacia Wood (symbol of the Humanity of Lord Jesus) & covered with Gold (symbol of the Divinity of Lord Jesus). The priests ate the unleavened bread on the Sabbath after replacing it with new bread.
3. The Altar of Incense was where the priests used to raise Incense to the Lord every morning & evening. It was also made of Acacia Wood & covered with Gold (symbolizing the Humanity & Divinity of Lord Jesus). Similar to the Altar of Burnt offering, the Altar of Incense has 4 horns also representing the Lord Jesus came to all the people of the world.
Year 7 TabernacleFinally, the Holy of Holies which is the holiest place in the Tabernacle of Meeting and which is separated from the Holy by a curtain. No one is allowed in the Holy of Holies except the High Priest once a year to spray blood on the Ark of Covenant which is the only item in the Holy of Holies. The Ark of Covenant contained the 2 tablets of the 10 Commandments which God wrote and gave to Moses, piece of Manna which God gave to the people of Israel while they were in the wilderness before coming into the promised land & finally, the Rod of Aaron which Moses used to divide the Red Sea, administer the plagues in Egypt as well as strike the rock to produce water while the people of Israel were still in the wilderness.
After studying all of the above in a lot of detail, Year 7 embarked on a project to build a replica of the Tabernacle of Meeting and the outcome was amazing as per the attached pictures. Year 7 did a great job and they are looking forward to the next new project where they can learn something new and use through their creative artistic skills.
Year 7 TabernacleYear 7 TabernacleYear 7 boys & girls who participated in Project Tabernacle of Meeting were Adele George, Ann Ghaly, Karen Ramzy, Lucinda Khalil, Marina Breas, Marco Guirgis, Mina Gorgi, Stephany Said, Suzana Guirgis, Thomas Hanna, Thomas Nayrous, Medhat Mikhail & Ravi. Unfortunately, some of the team members weren't able to join in the building of the Tabernacle of Meeting but they attended the lessons: Catherine & Helena Kyriacou, Daniel Mikhael, Kyrmina Nasif, Stephen Roufail & Raphael Tanyous.

Great Work Team!!! We are so proud of you all!!"

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