TabernacleTabernacle - Before the temple was built, the ark of the covenant was housed in the tabernacle, which served as the sanctuary until Solomon was finally able to build a permanent house of the Lord.


"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.  You shall place the ark of the testimony there, and you shall screen the ark with the veil.  You shall bring in the table and arrange what belongs on it; and you shall bring in the lampstand and mount its lamps.  Moreover, you shall set the gold altar of incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the veil for the doorway to the tabernacle.  You shall set the altar of burnt offering in front of the doorway of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.  You shall set the laver (basin) between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it.  You shall set up the court all around and hang the veil for the gateway of the court.  Then you shall take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and shall consecrate it and all its furnishings; and it shall be holy.  You shall anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar, and the altar shall be most holy.  You shall anoint the laver and its stand, and consecrate it.'" (Exodus 40:1-11, NASB)