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Paul declares the priesthood of Jesus Christ over His own tabernacle or house was after the order of Melchezedek who was made like unto the Son of God that abides a priest forever. The tabernacle would serve as an example and shadow of the heavenly things. When the tabernacle is studied in all its intricacies, the revelation as to every article of furniture, utensils, and structure, all were indicative of Jesus the Messiah. We will point out only a few details as relating to Jesus Christ, our great High Priest.

"And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: .....And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold. (Exodus 25:10-13). "Thou shalt make a table of shittim wood.. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold. (Exodus 25:23-28). "And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up. (Exodus 26:15-25). "And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood: And the middle bar ...And thou shalt overlay the bars with gold. (Exodus 26:26-30). All of this glory was manifested on a floor of dirt. When one looked down in the tabernacle, one would see Jesus taking on fallen depraved human nature. However, when one looked at the divine service of the furnishings and structure of boards, one would behold the divine nature of Jesus Christ. Even though Jesus will take on sinful flesh, he will not become sinful flesh, for he will never sin in thought or deed.  Jesus Christ as a man of dirt will manifest the glory of God. We likewise will also glorify God in our earthen vessels as Jesus did when he was in his earthen vessel.

The Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, refers to "Shittim wood" as "Incorruptible wood". Shittim wood reflects the resurrected body of Jesus Christ with an unchangeable everlasting priesthood. This shittim wood would be used in the tabernacle in the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold, its staves of shittim wood overlaid with gold, the table of shewbread overlaid with gold, its staves overlaid with gold, the boards of the tabernacle of shittim wood overlaid with gold, the bars of shittim wood overlaid with gold. The altar of burnt offering was made of shittim wood overlaid with brass with staves of shittim wood overlaid with brass.

The "shittim wood" speaks of the flesh of Jesus Christ as "incorruptible flesh" which speaks of the glorification of the man Christ Jesus. Though he will die for the sin of the world, yet he will be raised from the dead by the Spirit of holiness being declared the Son of God with all power in heaven and earth given to him. The gold is exemplary of God's brilliance, lustre, and splendor of glory that is unchanging and incorruptible. The Spirit of God never changes, but is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The gold is literally Jesus Christ as God Himself in unchanging glory.  The brass denotes the judgment of God upon sin in disobedience of His laws. Wood is representative of the flesh of Jesus. After the judgment of God upon Jesus Christ on the cross, the man as wood being that of shittim is documentary of the flesh of Jesus Christ that would be glorified after his resurrection as God's own incorruptible, immortal, eternal flesh. This is earthly ordinary human flesh as in Adam who was made of the dust and dirt of the ground being glorified as the Son of God; God manifested in the flesh. After glorification, the flesh of Jesus is still flesh, with the exception that it is glorified. Jesus Christ is still in his role as Mediator of the New Testament due to him being exalted above all things in heaven and in earth. The man Christ Jesus is exalted in glorified flesh that will not rot or decay, neither is it subject to death anymore. Because Christ has been glorified in his body, we also will be glorified in the likeness of his body. 

In the ark of the covenant, the table of shewbread, the boards of the tabernacle which held up the curtains of fine twined linen, the goats' hair curtains, and the badgers skins were all made of shittim wood covered with gold. The gold, indicative of the Spirit of God Himself in unchanging everlasting glory covering the shittim wood, grants us the revelation of God manifested in the flesh of Jesus Christ which was glorified after his resurrection becoming the head of the new race of mankind as the manifested sons of God. We are born without choice under the head of the human race Adam, but we can choose to be born again under the Federal head of the new race, Jesus Christ.  Also, the altar of burnt offering was made of shittim wood which was overlaid with brass teaching us that that it will be the man Christ Jesus as the Son of God who will suffer the wrath and vengence of God in order to destroy sin.  Jesus body of flesh and blood that He offered upon the Brazen Altar as a sacrifice for sin suffering the eternal vengeance and wrath of the judgment of God will nonetheless be glorified, not remaining in hell, but raised incorruptible. The glorification by God of his body of flesh in exaltation will have all power in heaven and earth given unto him. God who is Spirit and will always remain Spirit was not transmuted into flesh, but remains in  glorified flesh as the risen Son of God. Where is God? God is still in the risen Christ. God has now given all judgment to Christ because He suffered and died for the sin of the world.

The shittim wood depicted in the tabernacle portrays Jesus' glorification of his body as shittim wood that will not rot or decay. In all the 40 years of journeying in the wilderness with hot blistering days and cold freezing nights, not one time did Moses and the children of Israel have to change out or replace a rotten board of the tabernacle. Jesus Christ is now glorified and remains our mediator of the covenant of grace.

The glory of Jesus Christ as seen in the shittim wood overlaid with gold as well as the shittim wood overlaid with brass reveals the truth that His priesthood is incorruptible and immortal after the power of an endless life. He will die suffering the fulness of the weight of the wrath of God for our sins on the cross as depicted in the Brazen Altar. However, Jesus will be raised from the dead by the decreee of God not suffering his holy one to see corruption.  

Jesus was an Adam with a fallen nature just like ours even though God resided in this fleshly body. The Holy One shall not see corruption, decay, or rotting of the flesh even in his burial because He will be raised from the dead in three days. This was the time that was allowed for the Aaronic priesthood to eat the voluntary offering or a vow. "But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire. And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity." (Leviticus 7:17,18). Therefore, in three days Jesus will be raised as an acceptable offering unto God by the Spirit of holiness. 

Adam was the first and Jesus Christ was the last Adam. Both were Adams or mankind. The first Adam is the head of all sinful humanity, and Jesus is the head of all overcomers; viz. humanity that conquers all temptations. The natural fallen weak human nature is first as the stream of death started with Adam; because all men and women have sinned. All are partakers of the first Adam through natural birth, but only those who chose to follow and obey Christ are in the second Adam. Not that which was spiritual was first, but that which was natural, and afterward that which was spiritual. There are four things Paul  refers to in 1 Corinthians the 15th chapter. They are as follows:

The First Adam

NATURAL Man

The Last Adam,

Resurrection SPIRITUAL Man

1. Seed (a natural seed)

1. Seed (spiritual seed)

2. Body (human)

2. Body (spiritual)

3. Flesh (weak, mortal, corruptible)

3. Flesh (powerful, immortal, incorruptible)

4. Glory (of man as a blade of grass, here today and gone tomorrow

4. Glory (of God, incorruptible, immortal, everlasting

Paul clearly shows the two Adams in relation to the resurrection. He states that in order to have a resurrection, there must of necessity be a planting of the seed of the first body. The first Adam is the natural body that is sown in weakness and dishonour, while the second Adam of the resurrection is raised in power and honour with a spiritual body. Jesus partook of the first Adam which is earthy in order for mankind to partake of the second Adam, the spiritual. The tabernacle had divine service and a worldly sanctuary. Jesus is the tabernacle. He was God in service by His Spirit in a worldly sanctuary; i.e., in a natural fallen human body: God manifested in the flesh. God is still in one body of flesh. Jesus Christ is the head and the church is his body.

 

 

    

 

 

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