-God told Moses to have the people give from their hearts gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarns; linen, goat hair, ram skins and goat skins; acacia wood, olive oil, spices, onyx and stones, to make a sanctuary, a home for God to dwell.
-Directions for the Ark of the Covenant.
-Directions for the Mercy Seat.
-Directions for the Table for Bread.
-Directions for the Golden Lampstand.
-Architectural designs for the Holy Place and Most Holy Place, along with dimensions, supports, coverings, transport for making it portable.
-Architectural designs for the outer court with a Bronze Altar for sacrifices.
-Instructions for the lamp to be ever burning.
“There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.”Exodus 25:22 ESV
[The word for “meet” is ya ad, and one meaning is betrothed.]
“You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth.”Exodus 25:17 ESV
[The word for “mercy seat” is kapōreṯ, which can mean cover or place of atonement, or propitiatory]
“Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.”Exodus 25:19-20 ESV
“And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.”John 20:12 ESV
[This is the same position as the two cherubim on the Mercy Seat.]
- The workshop and tools, the refining and space for working – how did they do this in the wilderness?
- What did the whole Tabernacle weigh when it was carried and how long did it take to break camp and set up cam on each move?
- Just how long IS a cubit? Google gave me several answers ranging from 17.5 inches to 21 inches. Because it is based on a body part, the forearm, it did vary. So Noah’s cubit may have been different than Moses Cubit and Elijah’s cubit! Standardized measurements hadn’t been introduced at the time of Moses. Most describe the Ark of the Covenant as about 4 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet.
- How did the Israelites learned metallurgy? I read about this some time ago, but I need to find that information.
First, the Tabernacle is something I’ve studied many times in the past. I’ve built paper models. I’ve done studies that use it as a model for prayer to commune with God. I’ve read books about the foreshadowing of Christ in the symbols of the Tabernacle. I did a study using the Tabernacle to represent my heart as God’s home. It is a topic God has used over and over again in my walk with Him. And yet…there is always something new! His Word is living!
Today there were a few things that caught my attention. “Made out of a single piece.” That takes a LOT more skill! And makes a stronger result, having no joints. I’m just trying to imagine being in the wilderness, no smelting furnace in sight, no working factory…how did the Israelites do this? The tools they would need to produce a large enough clump of gold to hammer into the lamp stand from one piece astound me. And where they would do this work, on what surface, with what refining fires and, well they’d need a workshop!
Second, they’d need time. God would have to had them camp in a spot to get the work done. The women would have a lot of sewing and piecing and embroidery to do. All that acacia wood would need to be cut and smoothed. This is a BIG job. And someone would have to be the foreman, breaking up the work, assigning tasks, organizing the workforce.
All of this is not really mentioned here. We are at the design phase. God is engineering the architecture, drafting the design. And he has the mind of Moses and rocks to write on. Boggles the mind when we think in terms of computer aided design today. Yet, God does it through His people. And He gives precise instructions. (My background is engineering. I understand precision. This architectural design is filled with precision.)
Lastly, when you let the imagination of your creative mind “see” the words, you can, in your minds eye, imagine the building of the pieces, assembling themselves into the final structure: The Tabernacle. Not only beautiful and precious, but portable! I’m getting ahead of 25-27, but all those poles means each and every piece can be carried. And will be carried. Like going to REI and planning for a backpacking trip to the mountains of a National Park, and finding all the things you will need, and fitting them into a pack that will fit on your back. That kind of portable.
Living Word. New insights. New revelations. New thoughts. All from God’s mind to mine. Thank you, Lord!
MY GOD MOMENT
God really wanted to dwell with his people. This is a lot of detail and those details are precise. Moses had to have it all in his mind because I’m not sure there was “paper” then. God used his finger to write on stone. These instructions, well, I could interpret them several ways. So how did Moses KNOW what to do? God must have shown him, in his mind, what every part was to look like.
From the Bible Recap Podcast:
“…but one thing we see is that a lot of the layout of the tabernacle parallels what we saw in Eden: an east-facing entrance, guarded by cherubim. The burning lampstand symbolizes the tree of life, and the law or the testimony symbolizes the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So when God begins telling them all these details, and tells them He’ll come there to dwell with them, it’s a step toward restoring paradise and all that was lost in the garden of Eden. We won’t see the fulfillment of this until Christ returns and we have a new heaven and a new earth — but here in Exodus, we see God’s advancement in that direction. To dwell with His people forever..”Tara-Leigh Cobble
I’ve never thought of the Tabernacle being the bridge to Eden, restoring what was lost in Eden. That is a new concept to me. It is something I have to turn over and over and explore. I’ve always seen it as looking forward to Jesus. But then, in Eden God says he will redeem his children. Yes, I need to “chew” on this some more.