40. THE NAMES OF THE TABERNACLE.
It is important to distinguish the different words used by the Holy
Spirit to describe the Tabernacle, and to express His design. They
are variously translated in the A.V. They are distinguished severally
in the notes; and are here brought together, so that the different shades
of meaning may be compared and understood. It is called:
- The House. (Beth).
- The Tabernacle (Mishkan) = dwelling-place
from shakan, to dwell: or, habitation, indicating it as containing
the presence of Jehovah in the Light, called Shechinah, cp.
- The Tent ('Ohel). Erected as
a special place of worship before the Tabernacle was set up. Hence
to be always distinguished from the Tabernacle proper. Its full title
- 'Ohel Moh'ed = Tend of assembly,
or of the congregation.
- The Tabernacle of witness,
= The Tent as containing the tables of the Law, which were an abiding witness
to their covenant with Jehovah. (See Ex. 16:32-34; 25:21.)
- Sanctuary. Heb. kodesh, or
In this connection it is well to notice that congregation is 'edah,
which is general; while assembly is kahal, which is more local and
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