God Directs The Tabernacle Design (Part Two)
Chapters 26, 27
I.) The Curtains and the Coverings:
Exo 26:1 Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.
Exo 26:2 The length of one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and every one of the curtains shall have one measure.
Exo 26:3 The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and other five curtains shall be coupled one to another.
Exo 26:4 And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.
Exo 26:5 Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another.
Exo 26:6 And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle.
This is the only curtain “fine twined linen” that is given priority over the blue, purple and scarlet colors. In all other parts of the Tabernacle the colors are named first.
Linen is made of “flax” a product of the soil. This curtain symbolizes the righteousness of Christ in His Earthly Ministry.
This also speaks of the attire of the “Bride of Christ” whose fine twined linen is from above as they were attired in Heaven:
Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
This curtain had the Cherubim, who are guardians of God’s Holiness on them:
Exo 36:8 And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them.
These “Cherubim” were a warning to all that entered that they were “standing on Holy Ground”.
We must believe that these numbers do have a meaning in the design of the Tabernacle:
1.) Fine twined linen from the earth = 4
2.) The width of each strip and it’s quality = 7
3.) (7 times 4 = 28)
4.) By “grace” are we saved! 5 coupled to 5 = “Grace upon Grace” = 10 the number of “completeness”.
5.) “50” loops of “blue”: 5 times 10 =50 which = “Grace Completed”.
6.) The 50th year was the Year of Jubilee.
a.) Debts were cancelled.
b.) Mortgages were released.
c.) Captives Were Set Free. Jesus did this for un on Mount Calvary (Complete Grace)
How did Jesus begin His Ministry?
Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Jesus quoted from the Old Testament
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, [and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn];
Jesus did not read about the “day of vengeance” because it has not yet come even in our day!
Jesus set us free on Mount Calvary, symbolized by the Year of Jubilee and by these curtains!
God’s “redemptive” Grace the righteousness represented by the fine twined linen is imputed to those that believe by “faith”, then God’s “enabling” Grace imparts the to the believer the divine Nature of Christ by “a born again experience”. “Righteousness” coupled together with “faith” and the “Cross”
creates “One Tabernacle” where “God will Dwell”!
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
II.) The Goats Hair Curtain:
*****Exo 26:7 And thou shalt make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make.
Exo 26:8 The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure.
Exo 26:9 And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle.
Exo 26:10 And thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second.
Exo 26:11 And thou shalt make fifty taches of brass, and put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one.
Exo 26:12 And the remnant that remaineth of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle.
Exo 26:13 And a cubit on the one side, and a cubit on the other side of that which remaineth in the length of the curtains of the tent, it shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and on that side, to cover it.
A.) The “goats hair” is first a “Type” of Sin, human failure and confusion.
It only took “one sin” from Adam to ruin God’s Creation.
11 is then the correct number and goats hair is the correct material.
Rebekah used goats hair to deceive Isaac.
In the judgment of the nations:
Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Goats then represent human failure!
6 is the number of man, these six curtains coupled to themselves then emphasize the “fallen nature of Man”.
A sixth curtain was doubled. This should remind us that though our sins be forgiven, we are still in this flesh!
Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
We need constant “Grace” to live in victory!
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Goats hair curtain is called a “tent”:
Our earthly bodies are our temporary home until we receive our glorified body:
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
The death of our flesh reminds us that these bodies of flesh are not redeemed when we are saved.
B.) The Goats Hair Curtain is also a “Type of Christ” as our sin offering:
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
The “scapegoat” made an atonement for Israel:
Lev 16:10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.
THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR CONTINUING IN KNOWN SIN!
50 Brass taches:
As the 50 taches of “Brass” coupled the tent together, that it may be “One” so The Cross is in “type” the 50th year and couples the redeemed (6) to the redeemer (5) that they become “One”.
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
III.) The Covering of Ram’s Skins Dyed Red:
Exo 26:14 And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers’ skins.
Rams were used for the consecration of the priests fro office:
1.) The Burnt offering:
Exo 29:15 Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.
Exo 29:16 And thou shalt slay the ram, and thou shalt take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar.
Exo 29:17 And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces, and wash the inwards of him, and his legs, and put them unto his pieces, and unto his head.
Exo 29:18 And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
2.) One for consecration:
Exo 29:19 And thou shalt take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.
Exo 29:20 Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.
Exo 29:21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.
Exo 29:22 Also thou shalt take of the ram the fat and the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and the right shoulder; for it is a ram of consecration:
Our Lord Jesus sanctified Himself to be our High Priest and also our Sacrifice at the same time:
Joh 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
No Human priest would be qualified to officiate the Sacrifice of Our Lord!
Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Heb 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
Rams’ skins denote Christ Jesus, Our Suffering High Priest “consecrated for ever more”
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
The Red dye in “type” the Blood of Jesus:
Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
IV.) The top covering of “Badger Skins”:
Exo 26:14 And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, [and a covering above of badgers’ skins].
These skins were a tough durable leather that was non-porous, water repellent and weather resistant.
The Beauty on the inside of the Tabernacle was protected from the “World”:
They symbolized the torture, the ridicule, the shame and all the other things Jesus endured for Our Sakes.
Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
There are no dimensions given:
This covering was in “type” the boundless and immeasurable protection that all believers have in Christ Jesus.
The Lost man will never know the “Inner Beauty Of Jesus Christ”!
It is Christ Jesus that expresses that Beauty in His Bride:
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Son 5:16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, [he is altogether lovely]. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
V.) The Tabernacle Structure:
Exo 26:15 And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.
Exo 26:16 Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board.
Exo 26:17 Two tenons shall there be in one board, set in order one against another: thus shalt thou make for all the boards of the tabernacle.
Exo 26:18 And thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward.
Exo 26:19 And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.
Exo 26:20 And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards:
Exo 26:21 And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
Exo 26:22 And for the sides of the tabernacle westward thou shalt make six boards.
Exo 26:23 And two boards shalt thou make for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides.
Exo 26:24 And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled together above the head of it unto one ring: thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners.
Exo 26:25 And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
Exo 26:26 And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,
Exo 26:27 And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward.
Exo 26:28 And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end.
Exo 26:29 And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold.
Exo 26:30 And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.
Exo 26:31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:
Exo 26:32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.
Exo 26:33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
Exo 26:34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.
Exo 26:35 And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side.
Exo 26:36 And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.
Exo 26:37 And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.
1.) The Boards, Sockets, and Bars: (15-29)
The first step in making lumber is to cut down the tree which separates the tree from it’s roots and then to remove the branches. We can see the “type” even here.
To be transformed from sinners into saints, we must be separated from our carnal roots and striped of every branch that reaches out to this worldly system we live in.
We must fall like that timber but at the feet of Jesus and submit to “Spiritual” surgery!
Eze 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
In “type” the Tabernacle represents Jesus Christ and His Church on this Earth. That being so then these boards must be in “type” the members of His body.
Every board was 10 cubits long: 10 = (Responsible, Completed)
Every board was 1 and 1/2 cubits wide: 3 = (The Holy Trinity)
That “completeness” was not in man but in Jesus Christ.
Man by himself can only be filthy rags:
Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
If we try to compare any goodness we think we have to others we see as not so good then we are not very wise:
2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Perfection can only come through Christ Jesus:
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
When the Tabernacle boards are (encased in Gold) they represent the members of Christ “Body”.
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
The standard being Christ then every board is exactly the same (10 cubits high)
Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Apart from Jesus Christ none of us are complete:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
In Christ “man” is no longer known “after the flesh”:
2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
In Christ “we” become “partakers of His divine nature”:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God sees those that believe as “Complete in Christ”:
Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12 [Buried with him in baptism], wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
God sees us a perfect when we are in His “Will”:
Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, [that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God].
Now there were 48 boards in all but that number is not found. It is said 20 boards on each side which = 10 doubled or dual completion. Jesus Christ did a complete work toward God and man!
At the “West” end there were 6 boards plus 2 corner boards. These were mitered around the corners and tied all three sides together:
6 the number of man + 2 union with Christ = 8 a new beginning.
Psa 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psa 118:23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
The number 2 is found 13 times in these verses. The “Union With Christ” is the “Secret of Life”.
These boards stood side by side and were held firmly together by 5 bars = “Grace all the way around”
These bars also of “shittim” wood encased in “gold” showing still the dual nature of Our Lord Jesus.
The Middle bar would shoot through from one end to the other:
Exo 36:33 And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards from the one end to the other.
It can be said if the boards are the members then:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; [which is Christ in you, the hope of glory]:
2.) The Veil, It’s Silver Sockets and Four Pillars. (31-33)
Though the Bible does not give us the meaning of the four colors used we do know that the symbolisms fit Jesus:
Jesus is the Heavenly One (Blue), The Royal One (purple), The Suffering Servant (scarlet) and the Righteous One (fine [white] linen).
The Bible does tell us that the “Veil” represents the flesh of Christ:
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
It is no wonder the “Veil” was rent into at the moment of His death. For by His death He has made a “New and Living Way” into the “Holy of Holies” giving us access to the “Mercy Seat”, the “Throne of God”
The way to the Holy of Holies was closed except on the Great Day of Atonement:
Heb 9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
Heb 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
But after the death of Jesus on that Cross:
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
This “Veil” was embroidered with “Cherubim” and hung on “Four” pillars of “Wood” overlaid with “Gold”.
The 4 (the number of earth) is the most appropriate number of pillars to represent Christ’s life on Earth and His death on Calvary. This “veil” was rent into when Jesus died. (2 + 2 = 4)
These 4 pillars stood in sockets of “Silver”, (the Atonement)
The hooks of “Gold” (Christ’s constant support from Heaven even while hanging on the Cross):
2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
3.) The Door, Five Pillars, Chapiters, Fillets of Gold and Sockets of Silver. (36-37)
The door (Tabernacle Entrance) had a hanging of blue, purple, scarlet and fine twined linen just as the Veil. There were three entrances (To the Court, To the Tabernacle, To the Holy of Holies). All these entrances represent Jesus Christ who is the only way to Heaven:
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus said he was the “Door” not the “Doorway”:
Joh 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8 [All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers]: but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
However, there were significant contrasts:
a.) This door had no “Cherubim”.
b.) This door had 5 pillars and not 4.
c.) This door had brass sockets and not silver.
d.) This door had pillars that were crowned with chapiters and filets of Gold.
Exo 36:37 And he made an hanging for the tabernacle door of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework;
Exo 36:38 And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold: but their five sockets were of brass.
A.) The “Veil” denotes the body of flesh in which Jesus suffered and died. In His earthly life and in His death He wore no crown of Gold but only that of “thorns”.
B.) At Calvary he was humiliated and “cut off” in the prime of His earthly life.
Isa 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? [for he was cut off out of the land of the living]: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
a.) The 5 pillars at the “door” were crowned with “Golden Chapiters”:
5 is the number and Christ is the means of “Grace”.
We are still living in the “Age of Grace”! Jesus is no longer humiliated, He has ascended to the right hand of God and therefore Crowned.
b.) Jesus is the “Door”.
Jesus is the “Gate”, The “Door” and the “Veil”. These all are “types” of Him.
The Bible says:
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
These “pillars” of the “Door” stand in “Brass” (judgment).
Once Jesus took our sins upon Himself and stood in judgment “for us”, but now and forever he will be “our Judge”
Jas 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: [behold, the judge standeth before the door].
Though 5 (grace) and brass (judgment) seem to contradict. We know that even this time of “grace” abounds in “judgment”.
1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
“THAT’S WHAT [GRACE] IS ALL ABOUT”!
IV.) The Brazen Altar. (Exo 27:1-8)
Exo 27:1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
Exo 27:2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
Exo 27:3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
Exo 27:4 And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof.
Exo 27:5 And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.
Exo 27:6 And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.
Exo 27:7 And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it.
Exo 27:8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.
This “Altar” was the one place where all sacrifices were offered. We know that this “Altar” is then a “type” of the Cross.
Lev 17:2 Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,
Lev 17:3 What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
Lev 17:4 And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
Lev 17:5 To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.
Lev 17:6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Lev 17:8 And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,
Lev 17:9 And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.
God says what He means and he means what He says:
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CROSS!
1.) God chose the place of Sacrifice.
2.) God chose the only acceptable Sacrifice.
3.) God chose the “materials of the “Altar”.
4.) God chose the “dimensions of the “Altar”.
3a.) The “wood” (in type “humanity”): Christ became man for the purpose of taking our sin and give His life for a ransom.
Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
4a.) The length and the breadth were “5” cubits and was “4” square. “Grace is equally available to all mankind”.
The Horns on each corner symbolized the “Power of the Blood”:
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, [but by his own blood] he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. [Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood],
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, [which he hath purchased with his own blood].
The Bible says:
2Co 5:19 To wit, [that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself], not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Heb 9:14 [How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit] offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
There is no doubt of the Holy Trinity’s involvement in our “Salvation”!
The “Altar” was (3) cubits high!
The “wood” and the “horns” were overlaid with “brass” in “type” (judgment).
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, [the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God], being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
The “grate”(net) was of solid “brass” (no wood) in the middle of the “Altar”
Even this has a message;
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Halfway down placed the “grate” at the same height as the “Table” and the “Ark”.
The “Table” (fellowship), the “Mercy Seat” (the Throne of God) were both made possible through the “Ark” (Mount Calvary, The Cross).
V.) The Outer Court, Pillars, Sockets, Hangings, Hooks, Pins
Exo 27:9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side:
Exo 27:10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
Exo 27:11 And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
Exo 27:12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.
Exo 27:13 And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits.
Exo 27:14 The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
Exo 27:15 And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
Exo 27:16 And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four.
Exo 27:17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.
Exo 27:18 The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass.
Exo 27:19 All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.
The “Outer Court: separated the worship center from the outside world.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Those in the “Worship Center” are to be set apart as God’s “purchased property”.
Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Amo 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Around the “Court yard” stood 60 pillars of “Brass” or “wood” overlaid with brass”.
The “wood” still a “type” of humanity. We have already said the “boards” standing shoulder to shoulder is in “type” the Church, the Body of Christ. Then these pillars are in “type” the individual “believer”.
They hold up the “fine twined linen”:
Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
The “Church” (boards) stand in “silver” (atonement), but as individuals each stands alone in his own socket of “brass”.
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
60 “brazen” pillars, standing in 60 sockets of “brass” yet all were “crowned with silver” (atonement)
That is twelve fold multiple of “Grace” (12 times 5 =60)
The Hanging of “fine twined linen” was (5) cubits high all the way around the court. The worship center was surrounded by “Grace”.
There was no gold in the outer court. The “Gold” was only used in the vessels, the boards, the pillars and the hooks either inside or attached to the Tabernacle.
The most prominent materials in the court were “brass” and “wood”.
Only at the top, above the linen hanging, were “silver chapiters, fillets, and hooks”. (Atonement)
It is the (Atonement) that caries the weight of the linen hangings (righteousness) for our righteousness depends totally on Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Apart from His redeeming “Grace” we have no righteousness.
Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
The “Silver” hooks at the top of the “Pillars” were for ropes that anchored the pillars to pins of “Brass”.
Each pillar was held securely in place. In “type” we need to be anchored in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Heb 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
The humanity (The Wood) and (The Pillars) the Body of Christ. The “Gold” and “Brass” Our Saviour and Our Judge.
If we could see the picture of these pillars of wood and from the inside and the hangings we could get a picture of the Cross.
*****The Gate: Exo 27:16
The hanging of the “Gate” (representing Christ Jesus) was distinctively different from the Pure White hanging around the court yard.
The Gate, the Door and the Veil were all the same colors: Blue, Purple, Scarlet on White.
(Blue)Joh 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
(Purple)Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
(Fine White Linen)1Jn 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
The Gate, The Door, The Veil all say: Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The Gate is only half as high as the Door but it is (2) times as wide.
The Altar(Calvary) is just inside the Gate. Redemption is wide open to one and all.
We may enter through that “Gate”(The Yard) but the way through the “Door” (Truth)
Mat 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Mat 13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
Mat 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
Mat 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
The Door is only half as wide but twice as high:
A “door’ can be entered or it may be closed allowing no entrance. Jesus Christ as the “Door” prevents Sin in His House. Some who enter at the “Gate” are not willing to pick up their own Cross and follow Jesus. The Closer we get to the Lord the Door will narrow.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The “Veil” signifies the death of Christ. To enter “we too must die to self”.
Mar 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mar 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
Mar 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Mar 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mar 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Jesus is the “Door” to the (truth) and He will also be our Judge.
Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
If we abide in Christ, He will show us the way:
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
*****The Oil for the Lampstand:
Exo 27:20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.
Exo 27:21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.
This was the pure olive oil obtained by beating.
Does The Holy Spirit suffer?
1.) Yes and it can be serious!
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Why do our churches fail?
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
2.) Can He be touched by our infirmities?
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
He knows what it takes to over come our weakness. Are we putting forth the effort. Again why do our churches fail?
3.) Can He “Vexed” by our “rebellion”?
Isa 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
God can be our enemy. Read what He said to the seven churches of Revelation.
4.) The Holy Spirit is the “Oil for the Lampstand”. It is He that makes the Light to burn in the Church.
And God said:
Don’t put it out and don’t let it go out.
Without the Spirit their is no ‘Light” in the Church!
With Him their is no “Darkness” in the Church!