Following His resurrection, Jesus Christ "interpreted to [His disciples] in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27, emphasis added). In God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God, Rev. Daniel R. Hyde shows that even some of the most obscure passages of the Old Testament reveal Christ.
Hyde works his way through the second half of the book of Exodus, which recounts God's instructions for the tabernacle and its actual assembly. He shows how God described each piece of furniture, then recounts its actual construction according to the divine plan. Furthermore, he explores the instructions for the priests who ministered in the tabernacle and the rituals they carried out there. Finally, he concludes with the first erection of the tabernacle and its filling with the glory of God (Ex. 40).
Through each chapter, Hyde carefully adheres to a simple interpretation, avoiding the allegorical speculations that were common in treatments of the tabernacle narratives in former eras. He looks to the New Testament for commentary and interpretation, and he shows how the details of the tabernacle are fulfilled in Christ. He encourages readers to consider the tabernacle narratives devotionally, being led by them to worship God.
God in Our Midst conclusively shows the central importance of Christ in the entire biblical narrative demonstrating how New Testament believers should read Old Testament passages in light of the revelation of God in the Savior.
Rev. Daniel R. Hyde is the pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad, California, a congregation of the United Reformed Churches in North America.
"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, Visiting lecturer in hermeneutics, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia
"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, Pastor, Trinity United Reformed Church, Caledonia, Michigan
"Daniel 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, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan