“In order that they would have a centerpiece for their worship and activity, the Lord instructed Moses to build a tabernacle. The tabernacle was a forerunner of the temple, made portable so they could easily carry it with them” (“We Believe All That God Has Revealed,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2003, 87).
What was the purpose of the tabernacle in ancient Israel?
According to the Bible, the Tabernacle, a portable and ornate tent shrine, served as the terrestrial home for ancient Israel’s deity from its construction at Mount Sinai under the supervision of Moses until it was replaced by Solomon’s Temple.
Did God want the Israelites to build a temple?
At first, King David wanted to build a temple for God, but according to the Bible, God said to him through the prophet Nathan, “You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.” However, he chose Solomon to build the temple.
What the Bible says about the tabernacle?
The main source describing the tabernacle is the biblical Book of Exodus, specifically Exodus 25–31 and 35–40. Those passages describe an inner sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, created by the veil suspended by four pillars. This sanctuary contained the Ark of the Covenant, with its cherubim-covered mercy seat.
Where is the Ark of Covenant now?
Whether it was destroyed, captured, or hidden–nobody knows. One of the most famous claims about the Ark’s whereabouts is that before the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem, it had found its way to Ethiopia, where it still resides in the town of Aksum, in the St. Mary of Zion cathedral.
Why did God tell David not to build the temple?
With all of Israel standing, the King explained that his father David had intended to build the Temple, but God had chosen David just to lead the people. … In this verse God tells David that he cannot build the Beit Hamikdash because he “has blood on his hands”.
Why did God let Solomon build the temple?
David chose Mount Moriah in Jerusalem as the site for a future temple to house the Ark, today known as the Temple Mount or Haram al-Sharif. However, God would not let him build the Temple, for he had “shed much blood.” Instead, his son Solomon, known for being an ambitious builder of public works, built it.