THE BLUEPRINT: THE PLAN OF SALVATION
Genesis 32:28 | Genesis 15:13 | Exodus3:3–11 | Exodus 25:8 | Psalm 77:13 | Exodus 27:9 | Exodus 26:33 | Exodus 29:18
John 1:29 | Exodus 30:18 | John 3:5 | Exodus 31:8 | Exodus 25:30 | Leviticus 16:2 | John 6:48 | Matthew 4:4 | Numbers 4:7 |
1 Corinthians 11:23, 26 | John 1:9 | Matthew 5:14 | Revelation 8:3, 4 | Hebrews 7:24, 26 | Exodus 25:21 | Deuteronomy 5:10 |
Revelation 22:14 | John 14:15
From the time of Adam to the time of Abraham, the promise given by God of a coming Deliverer was remembered and eagerly anticipated. Abraham fathered Isaac, who fathered Jacob, whose name was changed to _______________ (Genesis 32:28). He fathered 12 sons, and these became known as the 12 tribes of Israel, through whom the Messiah was to come. The children of Israel, chosen by God to bring forth the Messiah to the world, became slaves in Egypt for _______________ years (Genesis 15:13). At the end of that time period, God called a man named _______________ to deliver His people out of Egyptian captivity (Exodus 3:3–11). After this was accomplished, and after God had led the Israelites through the Red Sea and into the wilderness, God instructed Moses to make Him a _______________ that He could _______________ among them (Exodus 25:8).
This sanctuary would contain a symbolic message of the plan of salvation, of the history of the rebellion in heaven, and of the future of mankind. It was to serve as a divine “GPS,” a blueprint, showing humanity how to get back to God—how to be saved and how to bridge the degrees of separation that sin caused. It would be later said of this sanctuary, or tabernacle, “Your _______________ , O God, is in the _______________ ;” (Psalm 77:13).
God’s GPS—His Gospel Plan of Salvation—was found in this structure, and it was given to Israel to help them prepare the way for, and understand the work of, the coming Messiah. This structure was to help restore the law of love within the hearts of men and ultimately fit them for a place in heaven.
Imagine for a moment Satan’s surprise and fear as he saw this replica of the temple in heaven—which was once his own station, his dwelling place—being set up on earth. Being very familiar with the structure, Satan knew that God was giving man the very plan that would deliver them from his oppressive rule. Satan had been perfect in his _______________ from the day he was created (Ezekiel 28:15). This is because his “ways” were in accordance with God’s way, and God’s way is in the _______________ (Psalm 77:13). This was the “way” of love. But Satan turned against this way, opting for his own self-centered way and led a multitude of angels with him. He took his rebellion to the earth, leading mankind to go its own way, and exulted in his apparent victory.
Satan saw this mini-model of the throne room of God as the ultimate threat to his kingdom on earth, knowing that it was the way of _______________ from any temptation and every deception that he could possibly use to entrap souls (1 Corinthians 10:13). This sanctuary would prepare humanity to stand once again in the fiery presence of God, before His throne, making us “fireproof ” once again. The book of Revelation records these amazing words: “And I saw something like a sea of _______________ mingled with _______________ , and those who had the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God” (Revelation 15:2).
So let us now closely inspect this GPS to discover how its coded message would help guide mankind to salvation.
The overall sanctuary structure was made up of three compartments. These compartments included the _______________ of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9), also known as the “outer court,” followed by a two-compartment tent divided in two by a veil. These two rooms were called the _______________ place and the _______________ Holy (Exodus 26:33).
1. Altar of Sacrifice
3. Table of Showbread
4. Altar of Incense
6. Ark of the Covenant
Each compartment in the sanctuary had a unique set of furnishings, a total of six. Think of these six articles as six keys that help unlock the mystery of the plan of redemption, the future of the world, and the end of sin, pain, and suffering—six keys that provide a way to overcome the six degrees of separation caused by sin.
The outer court contained an _______________ , which animals were both sacrificed beside and burnt upon (Exodus 29:18). These sacrifices pointed directly to Christ, who was declared to be the _______________ of God who _______________ _______________ the sin of the _______________ (John 1:29). His sacrifice would reconnect man with the life-giving source of God.
After this article of furniture was a bronze basin of water called the _______________ (Exodus 30:18). This is where priests would wash their hands and feet before entering into the holy place. This washing of water was a symbol of spiritual birth and cleansing, reconnecting man to the purity of God. Jesus said that in order for any man to _______________ the kingdom of heaven, he must be _______________ of _______________ and the _______________ (John 3:5).
Within the holy place were three articles of furniture. These were the _______________ , the _______________ and the _______________ of incense (Exodus 31:8). Upon the table the priest was to place _______________ (Exodus 25:30). This symbolized Jesus as the _______________ of _______________ (John 6:48), as well as the _______________ that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). This article of furniture was designed to teach man how to reconnect with God through His Word. The table also had bowls, or cups, which were used for drink offerings. As one Bible translation puts it, “They shall spread a blue cloth on the table of the showbread, and shall put its dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and the cups of the drink offering, and the continual bread on it” (Numbers 4:7). When Jesus sat at the Passover table at the Last Supper, He broke _______________ to eat (1 Corinthians 11:23–24) and then gave the cup to His disciples to drink "in _______________ of me" (1 Corinthians 11:25). The bread and the cup were symbols of His death until His return (1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
Next, the seven-branch candlestick symbolized Christ as the true _______________ (John 1:9). Christ would come to reconnect man with the light of God. It also symbolized the witness that God’s people were to be in a world enshrouded by darkness. Jesus said, “You are the _______________ of the _______________ . A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:14) "Nor do they _______________ a _______________ and put it under a basket, but on a _______________ , and it gives _______________ to who are in the house." (Matthew 5:15) "Let your light so _______________ before men, that they may see your good _______________ and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) Through the light of the Holy Spirit, the church was to bear witness of Christ.
Finally, the holy place contained the altar of incense, which symbolized the _______________ of the saints (Revelation 8:3-4). Man must reconnect with God through prayer. The incense also represented the work of Christ, our High _______________ , since He always lives to make _______________ for us (Hebrews 7:24–26).
Most Holy Place
Beyond the veil in the tent was the Most Holy place. It is here that God’s presence appeared in a _______________ upon the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:2). Again, beneath the mercy seat was the ark of the covenant, God’s footstool, which contained the _______________ , the law of God (Exodus 25:21). This symbolized that God’s throne was founded upon His law and that mercy was extended to thousands of them that love Him and _______________ His _______________ (Deuteronomy 5:10). Man was to learn that in order to maintain a connection with God, he must obey His commandments. It was also to teach the lesson of the fallen covering cherub, who once stood in the presence of God but was cast out and replaced because he had broken the law of God, the law of love. Any who would seek to enter in through the _______________ into the city of God must do His _______________ (Revelation 22:14). This is why Jesus said, “If you _______________ me, _______________ my _______________ ” (John 14:15).
The sanctuary thus laid out the path, God’s Gospel Plan of Salvation, that one must take to discover ultimate truth. This we will see in more detail in our next lesson.