When one teaches a child to read, you first show him blocks with letters on. Then you make the sound of the letter so the child can identify the one with the other. You can put the blocks together to form words linked with a picture of the object. It is a bit like “Show and Tell.” God used exactly the same method in the Old Testament: He used “blocks” to show and tell His people the truths that they needed to grasp to understnd His love for them. These truths became clearer in the New Testament. The Old Testament is full of these “blocks” that form pictures or types and shadows. The substance of the truth is in the New Testament, but we find its shadow in the Old. In order to understand the New Testament truth fully, we need to study the shadow or type in detail. The Tabernacle is such a block with pictures on it: a type and shadow of the ministry of Jesus on the Cross, that demonstrated God's love for us in full. By studying the Old Testament truths about the Tabernacle, we can get a better grasp of the redeeming work of our Lord Jesus Christ and how much God loves us. Dr. Meyer J. van Rensburg uses these “blocks” to explain the truths revealed by the Tabernacle.
A Dwelling Place for God: A Handbook for the Study of the Tabernacle
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