Tabernacle at Mount Sinai
The tabernacle was one of the most interesting things in Israelite history. Tabernacle means tent and is referred to as the Tent of Meeting. This special dwelling place would facilitate the meeting between the LORD God and man—specifically the Israelites. The tabernacle held the Ark of the Covenant, the Table of Showbread, the Lampstand, the Altar of Incense, the Altar of Burnt Offering, the wash basin, the courtyard, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place. The tabernacle was placed in the center of the Israelite camp, with all twelve tribes encamped all around it—three tribes on each side, like a compass. The Ark was generally thought to be the most important part of the tabernacle for it was holy and beheld the presence of God among the cherubim on the seat. The Ark contained the tablets of stone, which held the covenant, the staff of Aaron that had budded, and a jar of manna from the wilderness. There were proper and exact procedures how to handle and carry the Ark when moving it. In addition, the tabernacle also has specific instructions when transporting it between places where the Lord led. The Levites were in charge of this task.
From this point on in the narrative of Scripture, the Israelites are bound by the covenant of God at Mount Sinai and are bearers of the glory of the Lord in the tabernacle.
Year 1, Week 32 Bible story from the Main Street Curriculum