The Tabernacle

By David Hamilton - 2000

 

When in the place of desolation I see

A colorful gate, always there, inviting me

Within the linen that surrounds the court

It is here I'm near the righteous port

Moving closer I encounter the altar

A wonderful place for all who falter

Here the blameless sacrifice ascends

Join the acceptance, of God who descends

An here, the fire of God is revealed

Consuming the sin so long concealed

Tis a place of death and of repentance

That man may rise, free from its sentence

Approaching the laver, as to the grave

Buried in water, arising to be saved

A priest passing through the door of grace

Dressed for service for His Holy Place

To the right a table of wood and of gold

On which is the bread, that never grows old

Eternally fresh is the sustaining Word

Life when eaten by those who have heard

Turning to the Light, the Lamp of Gold

Beautifully wrought, and made without mold

Gods decorative lampstand called the Menorah

Shining forth His glow, and His euphoria

Revealing walls of wood, overlaid with gold

And the beautiful tapestry, it must be told

The cherubim woven, their wings do hover

Under which all who enter, are protected by its cover

Before the veil, we now stand

The way is now open, for mortal man

The dividing veil is now rent

Thank God, for this cause, the Lamb was sent

Opening up the way to the throne of God

Into his presence, the Holy of Holies, we now trod

Oh the majesty and glory of it all

Before the Ark of His Covenant we must fall

For here in this room, is the throne of grace

It is here, God calls his secret place

A place not hidden from those within

Those God's washed and freed from sin

Here among God's holy objects

The truth now revealed, in this divine project

The house designed for all in shackle

Can only be God's perfect plan, "The Tabernacle"

 

 

A special "Thanks" to David Hamilton for permitting us to reprint this wonderful poem about the Tabernacle.  David has a website devoted to the Tabernacle and the vessels used in the services.  You can visit it at:  http://www.mishkanministries.org/ 

 

 

         

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