8Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 9According to all that I show you, the pattern of the tent, and the pattern of all of its furniture, even so you shall make it. (Exodus 25:8-9)
The Lord of heaven and earth, after choosing His people, desired to come unto them in a way they could discern. God desired a habitation on earth to dwell with men, where He could bless them and have fellowship with them. Through the Law, exact commandments were given to Moses as to how to create this Sanctuary. First, what does this word mean:
The word sanctuary is translated from the Hebrew, "mikdash," which comes from the root "qadash," meaning to set apart, consecrate, or sanctify. Thus the "sanctuary" of YahwehElohim was to be a place that was set apart for His dwelling, where He could come and be manifested unto the children of Israel.
As seen above, there was a "pattern" to be followed in its building. Below we will look at the different aspects of the Sanctuary of God, and how the pattern given for its construction is a reflection of the truth and reality of Yahweh's dwelling place in heaven.