God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God (Paperback)

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Daniel Hyde
Reformation Trust


Christians often wonder whether it is worth their time to read and study the seemingly odd narratives about God's instructions for the tabernacle in the second half of the book of Exodus. The answer, according to Daniel R. Hyde, is an emphatic yes. In God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God, Hyde shows that the tabernacle narratives have much to teach us about God Himself, about sin, about redemption in Christ, and about how we are to live for God today. Above all, by interpreting these narratives according to solid hermeneutical principles and New Testament revelation, Hyde shows that these passages reveal Christ. Ultimately, Hyde says, it is good to read the tabernacle narratives because they are part of our family history. We need to read and meditate on that history because we have the same God, the God who told His old covenant, "I will dwell in your midst," and who tells us that Christians are the true tabernacle, the dwelling place of God under the new covenant (Eph. 2:22).

Publication Date: June 2012

Topics: Old Testament, Worship, Exodus, Hermeneutics, New Covenant, Tabernacle

Pages: 126

Table Of Contents:

Lists of Illustrations and Abbreviations

Foreword by Dr. David P. Murray



1 Contributions to Build the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:1–7; 35:4–29)

2 The Tabernacle in the Wilderness (Exodus 25:8–9)

3 The Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10–22; 37:1–9)

4 The Table with Bread (Exodus 25:23–30; 37:10–16)

5 The Lampstand of Gold (Exodus 25:31–40; 27:20–21; 37:17–24)

6 The Construction of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26; 35:30–36:38; 38:21–31)

7 The Altar of Bronze (Exodus 27:1–8; 38:1–7)

8 The Lord’s Courtyard (Exodus 27:9–19; 38:9–20)

9 The Priesthood of the Lord (Exodus 28:1–2)

10 The Benefits of the Priesthood (Exodus 28:3–43; 39:1–43)

11 The Liturgy for Ordination (Exodus 29:1–37; 30:22–33)

12 Why Worship God as He Commands? (Exodus 29:38–46)

13 The Altar for Incense (Exodus 30:1–10, 34–38; 37:25–29)

14 The Price of Redemption (Exodus 30:11–16)

15 The Basin for Washing (Exodus 30:17–21; 38:8)

16 The Gifts Given by God (Exodus 31:1–11; 35:30–36:7)

17 A New Beginning (Exodus 40)


Appendix: Preaching the Pentateuch



Scripture Index

Subject Index


“It is refreshing to have an exposition of the tabernacle that avoids the allegorizing excesses that have so often been a feature of the ‘Christianizing’ of this important part of the Old Testament. Daniel Hyde seeks to give a sound exegesis of the text and, only then, to lead us ‘to see it through New Testament eyes,’ and thus to discover its testimony to Christ and its role in edifying the faithful.”
—Dr. Graeme Goldsworthy

“Saturated with sound exegesis, helpful insights, pointed application, and warm devotion, God in Our Midst helps us to see in the tabernacle not merely pieces of furniture or sets of curtains, but Christ Himself, in the beauty of His holiness and the peace of His pardoning grace. This book will drive pastors from the study to the pulpit, and parishioners from study to worship.”
—Rev. Brian Vos

“Danny Hyde has distinguished himself as someone who is historically
and theologically grounded while consistently keeping things clear,
Christ-centered, and relevant. This book on the tabernacle is no exception.
Each chapter is a fine meal elegantly served up for the nourishment
of the saints. I know now where I will turn first when it comes to books
on the tabernacle.”
—Dr. Gerald M. Bilkes


Daniel Hyde has been the pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church since its inception in 2000. Besides being a local pastor, he serves in a variety of ways for the extension of Christ’s kingdom. He teaches a variety of courses at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and the Instituto João Calvino in Recife, Brazil. He serves on the Advisory Council of Word & Deed Ministries. And he has written fifteen books, including Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims.