Exodus 25-26

“And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst” (25:8).  God’s whole plan of salvation was so that He could fulfill His original intention for humanity – that we would be His own people, dwelling together in fellowship.  While all the original rituals and sacrifices (and curtains and boundaries) marked humanity’s sin and God’s holiness, nevertheless, He made a way to live among the Israelites.  His sanctuary was full of precious wood, vividly colored and embroidered cloth, and gold (ch 25-26).

The beautiful tabernacle centered around God’s merciful presence (v34) demonstrated His original and final purpose: to make the whole earth His holy sanctuary and to live among His redeemed people (Rev 22).