This portable temple was built in the wilderness by the Israelites circa 1450 BC after they were freed from Egyptian slavery. The tabernacle was the first temple dedicated to God and the first resting place of the ark of the covenant. It served as a place of worship and sacrifices during the Israelites’ 40 years in the desert while conquering the land of Canaan.
 Hubbard, Shiloh, Elliot Ritzema, Corbin Watkins, and Lazarus Wentz with Logos Bible Software and KarBel Media. Faithlife Study Bible Infographics. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012.
Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross, and Offering Ourselves
The Voice of the Beloved
Of my own freewill I offered Myself to God the Father for your sins1 – My arms were outstretched on the Cross and My body naked, so that nothing remained in Me that was not completely turned into a sacrifice to make propitiation for your sins.2
In the same way, you should offer ourself willingly to Me every day in holy communion as a pure and “living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service,”3 together with all your strength and affections, and with all the inward devotion that you can.
What more do I require of you than that you abandon yourself entirely to Me?
whatever You would give Me besides yourself is of no value to Me, for I seek you4 and not your gifts.
1 Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 9:28
2 Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2, 4:10
3 Romans 12:1
4 Proverbs 23:26
Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge Logos, 1999), 263-264. Print.