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Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:5 example. The “example” is an actual set of plans, as it were, and Moses was instructed concerning all its details. The earthly tabernacle seems to have been an actual model of the heavenly tabernacle, with both serving as types of the spiritual tabernacle, the Lord Jesus Christ. The heavenly tabernacle is a real physical structure in the real place called Heaven (note John 14:2,3).

8:5 saith he. This commandment is quoted from Exodus 25:40.

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