Exodus 26

Exodus 26

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The Tabernacle

26 “Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them. The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall be the same size. Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another. And you shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set. Likewise you shall make loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set. Fifty loops you shall make on the one curtain, and fifty loops you shall make on the edge of the curtain that is in the second set; the loops shall be opposite one another. And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains one to the other with the clasps, so that the tabernacle may be a single whole.

“You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; eleven curtains shall you make. The length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. The eleven curtains shall be the same size. You shall couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and the sixth curtain you shall double over at the front of the tent. You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second set.

“You shall make fifty clasps of bronze, and put the clasps into the loops, and couple the tent together that it may be a single whole. And the part that remains of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remains, shall hang over the back of the tabernacle. And the extra that remains in the length of the curtains, the cubit on the one side, and the cubit on the other side, shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle, on this side and that side, to cover it. And you shall make for the tent a covering of tanned rams’ skins and a covering of goatskins on top.

“You shall make upright frames for the tabernacle of acacia wood. Ten cubits shall be the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each frame. There shall be two tenons in each frame, for fitting together. So shall you do for all the frames of the tabernacle. You shall make the frames for the tabernacle: twenty frames for the south side; and forty bases of silver you shall make under the twenty frames, two bases under one frame for its two tenons, and two bases under the next frame for its two tenons; and for the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side twenty frames, and their forty bases of silver, two bases under one frame, and two bases under the next frame. And for the rear of the tabernacle westward you shall make six frames. And you shall make two frames for corners of the tabernacle in the rear; they shall be separate beneath, but joined at the top, at the first ring. Thus shall it be with both of them; they shall form the two corners. And there shall be eight frames, with their bases of silver, sixteen bases; two bases under one frame, and two bases under another frame.

“You shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the side of the tabernacle at the rear westward. The middle bar, halfway up the frames, shall run from end to end. You shall overlay the frames with gold and shall make their rings of gold for holders for the bars, and you shall overlay the bars with gold. Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain.

“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it. And you shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold, on four bases of silver. And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy. You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place. And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table, and you shall put the table on the north side.

“You shall make a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. And you shall make for the screen five pillars of acacia, and overlay them with gold. Their hooks shall be of gold, and you shall cast five bases of bronze for them.

(ESV)


Exodus 26 Commentary

by Hank Workman

The details are astonishing.  God’s instructions for the Tabernacle are incredibly thorough down to the type of material on the curtains.  I find it over fascinating that God would give such care to every last detail.  But that is God now isn’t it?  He is so interested in every single aspect of our life.  It’s not just about the big stuff, it’s the smaller as well.  It all comes together because what He’s doing is working in our whole person, not just one area.

What is a most interesting thought to ponder is the fact God’s instructions to Moses began with the furniture then curtains and ultimately led toward the outside of the Tabernacle itself.  He was working and detailing from the inside out.

Just simply consider if we ourselves were looking at building something, our mind would go toward what kind of structure, let’s say it’s a home.  We would gather our thoughts as to what type of house, what the outside looked like then move into the wants we had:  how many bedrooms, baths, open concept, large kitchen etc.  The last thing when we would be meeting with an architect would be to state all the furnishings we wanted to purchase and then build the house around those!

But that’s not God.  He is building the sanctuary for the people from the inside out.  He does the same within us.

God works in each of us inwardly.  These are the areas He concentrates on as he remodels and builds new.  He knows our hearts, how prone to wander we can be.  He knows the difficulties we all face from time to time as we resort to our human nature rather than the new nature that has come through Christ.

And just like his instruction and work on the Tabernacle is thorough, His work within us is incredibly detailed and exact.  His desire is we become more and more like His Son, a beautiful structure that is not something others see from the outside but a difference deep within ourselves.


Exodus 26 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

“You shall make a screen for the doorway of the tent of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of a weaver.  37  “You shall make five pillars of acacia for the screen and overlay them with gold, their hooks also being of gold; and you shall cast five sockets of bronze for them.

Exodus 26:36-37 NASB

The same Hebrew word (masak) is used to describe the screen at the gate of the court (Exo 27:16; Exo 35:17; Exo 38:18; Exo 39:40; Exo 40:8, Exo 40:33). At times, this word is used for the curtain separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (Exo 35:12; Exo 39:34; Exo 40:21; compare the term “veil” in Exo  26:31). This screen was made of multicolored threads and fine artistry, and it was held in place by five pillars, overlaid with gold, and fitted with sockets. It would not be a flimsy fabric that the wind might blow open. Entrance into the inner Tabernacle was highly restricted by this heavy, ornamental barrier. The Christian is reminded here of the wonder of access to the living God because of Christ’s completed work (Heb 4:16).

Nelson’s New Illustrated Commentary

I am most fascinated by the comparison to Christ here. The wonder of access to the living God through Jesus Christ is something we must never take for granted. We have confidence knowing that through Christ, we are permitted to come into the presence of the Lord.

Furthermore, we know that when Christ accomplished the work at the cross, the veil was torn signaling that access to God was available and the Holy Spirit would be released. It’s crazy to think that before our era, access to God was so legalistic and restricted. Now, through Jesus, we are living temples. We are enabled to pass through the veil and into the presence of God on a daily basis, and all because of one God-man, Jesus Christ.

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