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The Earthly Sanctuary & The Two Temples


Introduction To The Sanctuary

Psalms 77:13 (NKJV) "Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;"

Exodus 25:8 (NKJV) "And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them."

God told Moses to construct a sanctuary according to the pattern that had been shown him in the mountain, that He might dwell among His people. More than a mere dwelling place, the Sanctuary was to the place where God's plan of redemption would be revealed. This plan not included an offerer, an offering and a priest. This page provides information on the Sanctuary and its purpose.

Direction To Build The Sanctuary in Exodus

Exodus 25:9 (NKJV) "According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it."

Exodus 25:40 (NKJV) "And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain."

The Construction Of The Sanctuary In Exodus

Exodus 35:30-35 (NKJV) "And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, 32 to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship.
34 “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works."

The Purpose Of The Sanctuary

A Place To Reveal The Plan Of Redemption

Psalms 77:13 (NKJV) "Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;

The Cleansing Of The Sanctuary - Meade MacGuire

A Place For God To Dwell Among His People

Exodus 25:8 (NKJV) "And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them."

A Place For God To Reveal His Holiness

Exodus 19:10-13 (NKJV) 10 "Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. 11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.'”

A Place Where God Revealed His Will

Exodus 28:29-30 (NKJV) “So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place, as a memorial before the LORD continually. 30 And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the LORD. So Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel over his heart before the LORD continually."

Numbers 27:21 (NKJV) 21 "He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the LORD for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him—all the congregation.”

Ezra 2:63 (NKJV) 63 "And the governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim."

A Place Where Prayers Ascended


A Place Where God Was Worshipped


The Place Where The Sin Problem Was Addressed In Symbols


A Place Where Heavenly Things Were Understood


A Place Where History Was Remembered


A Place Where the Law Was Affirmed


A Place Of Safety


Quotations On The Sanctuary In Exodus

Here you will find helpful quotations on the Sanctuary which Moses built according to the pattern in the wilderness.

Images Of The Sanctuary