The author writes with a desire to show young and old alike, that, far from being boring or uninteresting, the Old Testament tabernacle, and later the temple in Solomon’s day, is a shadowy picture of Christ and the church. It fills the believer with hope and assurance, knowing that Jesus Christ, the true tabernacle, has come to redeem his people, but there is far more to the tabernacle. Come and see.
It is true that people are perhaps easily able to draw the connections between Jesus and the sacrificial animals, as Jesus is identified as the one and only true sacrifice who takes away our sins (e.g., Heb 8-10; 1 John 2.2). But beyond the obvious connections between Jesus and the sacrificial animals, the Old Testament tabernacle is literally an entire world of references, allusions, and foreshadows of Christ and the church.
We are shown clearly that the typical shadows (the tabernacle, the furnishings, priests, sacrifices etc) have their fulfilment in Christ. As Philip Eveson (former principal of London Theological Seminary) comments, 'There are no fanciful interpretations but, throughout the work, clear biblical principles govern the way in which the author brings us to see the Saviour as the true tabernacle and his people as the eternal temple of the Lord'.
'In this book,John Fesko expounds biblical teaching about Christ's tabernacle building project with the skill of an exegete, the discernment of a theologian, and the voice a pastor. The result is a volume that is sure to promote greater understanding, admiration, and service of the One who declared: “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18).'
Scott R Swain PhD Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
Dr J.V.Fesko is Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary, California. He earned a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He also received a Master of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a BA from Georgia State University. He was the church planter of Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock,Georgia from 1998 to 2004, before serving as pastor from 2004 to 2009.