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Churches and synagogues are descendants of the Tabernacle. The synagogue is modeled after the Tabernacle in that the prayer services remember the daily sacrifices that took place in the Tabernacle. A synagogue has an ark that symbolically corresponds to the Holy of Holies. Churches are descendents of synagogues.
The ark of the covenant was at the heart of the Tabernacle. As such, it corresponds to the heart of man. Just as the ark was God's throne in the Tabernacle, we need to make our hearts a suitable throne for Him in our lives.
A true giver is not motivated to give simply because he anticipates reaping a prosperous return on his investment. A generous person gives to the work of the kingdom because his heart desires to give. He loves God and wants to do everything he can to further the work of God on earth.
Bible teachers usually interpret the tearing of the Temple veil as a sign of God’s displeasure with the people and the Temple, but according to Hebrews 10:19–20, the veil symbolizes the Messiah’s body. He is the veil. As the life was rent from His body, the curtain was rent with the result that we might have access to the throne of glory in the supernal Temple through Him. This is not the same as abrogating the Temple worship system; rather, the rending of the veil vividly dramatized what the death of Messiah accomplished for us: access to God through the Messiah’s suffering.
This does not mean that we are a literal building in which God is to be reverenced and worshipped. It does not mean that we are a geographical location where He has placed His name. As believers, our “temple-ness” does not supplant the legitimacy of the Temple in Jerusalem. Our status as a temple is metaphorical. Nevertheless, the presence of the indwelling Spirit of God within us is no less real than the presence of the Shechinah in the actual Temple.
Our Master’s miraculous feeding the multitudes with the five loaves alludes to the bread of the presence. The first time, He broke five loaves and fed thousands, and the disciples gathered leftovers. The second time, He broke seven loaves and fed thousands. Again the disciples gathered leftovers. In total, He broke twelve loaves. The miracle indicates that the Messiah will usher in a golden age of spiritual and material prosperity—the kingdom of heaven.