Once He removed His people from the things and influences of Egypt and the world, He got their attention and then put them to work for Him. He instituted a “Broadway” play to be enacted day after day. Each day the world could watch the plan of salvation played out. The play would not bring salvation, but simply reveal it - typify it - symbolizing what was going on in heaven. “Then have them make a sanctuary for Me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” Exodus 25:8, 9.
“Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.” Exodus 26:30. This plan was a copy, shadow, of the temple in heaven. The priests of Israel were to “serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. Hebrews 8:5. Let’s take a closer look at this symbolic sanctuary and see what valuable, salvation producing information it gives.
The temple was laid out so that the entrance faced east, toward the rising of the sun. (So their faces, when entering, would be away from the sun. No “sun-day” worship here.) Exodus 27:13. As the sun rose, the day began at the temple. Priests and Levites prepared for the symbolic, operatic play that would unfold that day. There was the cleansing of the sanctuary, the tending of the lamps and the cleaning of the water and utensils. They also had to prepare the altars of incense and sacrifices for the day’s use. Exodus 40:17-33; Leviticus 24:4-8; Numbers 18:1-7; 28:1-8.