But appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furniture, and over all that belongs to it; they shall bear the tabernacle, and all its furniture; and they shall minister to it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle. Num 1:50
But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of the testimony, that there shall be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of the testimony. Num 1:53
The majority of the time, in Torah, the tabernacle is called, the tent or tabernacle of meeting. Here in this passage alone, it is called the tabernacle of the testimony, three times. Three, a sign of Messiah in Torah.
ayin ע = eye, thus watch, know, shade
vav ו = tent peg, thus add, secure, hook
dalet ד = door, thus enter, move, hang
The parable being told is of what one has seen or witnessed (ayin), which he has verified (vav, by securing the veracity of the claim with an oath) at the patriarch’s door (dalet, or at the city gate, the door to the city). All judgments and binding contractual business in the patriarchal era was conducted either at the door of the tribal authority, who was the patriarch of the tribe, where he sat in the shade of his tent door to decide family matters (Gen 18:1-2), or at the gate of the city, where the elders congregated (Gen 23:7-10).
Torah is pointing out, by its sign of three which testifies of Messiah, that the tabernacle itself is bearing a securely verified witness of Messiah. And what is its witness? It is the witness of the encampment … keep reading.
God gave specific instructions for how Israel was to camp in chapter 2, with the tabernacle of the testimony in the center. The camp of Judah, the largest encampment, camped eastward; the camp of Reuben camped southward; the camp of Ephraim camped westward; the camp of Dan camped northward. If we were to take an aerial picture of the encampment, we would find the cross! And who is in the center of the cross (on the cross)? God!
When the camp prepared to move, Aaron and his sons covered the ark of the covenant with the veil that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place. Then they covered it with skins, then a blue cloth. Then they set its poles through its rings, and it was ready to move.
Likewise the table of showbread was spread with a blue cloth, then its utensils, and its bread, then it was covered with a scarlet cloth. Then a covering of skins, then they inserted its poles and it was ready to move. The lampstand and golden altar of incense was covered with blue. The altar of burnt offering was covered with a purple cloth. Why not a blue cloth?
We have seen the blue, purple, and scarlet colors mentioned before. The curtains and veil of the tabernacle were made very specifically in these colors. Blue represents heaven, also God by extension. The heavens are blue, to an observer on earth. When Moses and the elders of Israel saw YHVH, under His feet was a paved work of sapphire stone (Exo 24:10). The tradition of Israel says that when the pillar of fire led them by night, the color of the fire was blue. Blue is a distinct primary color, not a mixture.
Scarlet represents man, as Adam literally means, ruddy, or blood in the face. Red is a distinct primary color, not a mixture. When blue and red come together, a new color is born, which is 100% blue and 100% red: purple. When God and man come together into one person, Messiah is born. The purple cloth covers the altar of sacrifice, because Messiah was born on this earth to offer Himself up once for all, the Lamb which God had provided for Himself (Heb 7:27).
Now the sons of Kohath were given the charge of carrying these things. But they had to take care that they did not even watch Aaron and his sons covering them and getting them ready to move, lest they die, let alone touch them themselves.
Here in Numbers, God is emphasizing His absolute separateness from man, from even the Levites, lest they die. Because of these commands in Torah, and the deaths of Nadab and Abihu for offering profane fire before YHVH, and other instances in Scripture, His separateness was absolutely seared upon the consciousness of Israel.
And Yeshua cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split … Mat 27:50-51
So you can imagine what the veil being torn by supernatural means at the death of Yeshua said to Israel. It would be a paradigm shift of tectonic proportions!
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