But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
As we study the different elements of the Tabernacle (Exodus 25) we learn so much about the role of Yeshua in our lives. The Tabernacle was nothing less than a portable Temple, a temporary dwelling place for the Shekinah until such a time when King David would plan the first Jerusalem temple to be built by his son, Solomon. Reminding us of the words inspired to Isaiah the prophet, Yeshua Himself called the Temple ‘a House of Prayer’ (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13).
By definition God is thrice 'kadosh' (Holy: Isaiah 6:3), meaning He is set-apart and cannot be approached by a human which is by definition common. Hashem wants to live among us but as the Holy King that He is, there is a protocol to be respected. There is death penalty for breaking it (Leviticus 10:1-2). The Tabernacle and its protocol is the means by which God is to be approached. This is reflected even today in the way we have learned to approach the Almighty, solely through the Agency of Yeshua. The Tabernacle therefore was kept holy in order to house the Shekinah, just as Yeshua kept Himself holy and without sin so He could house the Spirit of God in Him (Hebrews 4:15).
As Yeshua debated Temple use (or misuse) with Judean leaders, He compared it with His own body or His own self (John 2:13-21). Learning therefore about Tabernacle/Temple protocol is learning about our own relationship with God through Messiah and as we do, we should realize that though we may refer to Him as 'Father, which He is, though it may so, there is nothing casual about our relationship with Hashem. This term, ‘Father’ has nothing to do with the casual manner certain fathers play their role today. It is used with a sense of awe and respect. The relationship is not as one between peers, but rather reflects the idea of someone we can strongly lean and count on, someone we should pattern ourselves by in order to learn integrity and righteousness.
The role of Messiah is to clean (sanctify) us with His Words so that through His agency we can approach the Holy Father (John 15:3). We are cleaned not only by listening and reading His Words but also as we set ourselves apart to obey Hashem in the manner which Messiah shows and teaches us. May we therefore learn to serve an obey; to let our lives be transformed by Yeshua that He may testify of us to the Father as those who have cleaned themselves, washed their robes and set themselves apart from the impurities of the world to be presented unto Him (Revelations 7:14).