[bible1year] Devotional comments on Exodus 26-28

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 26 Jan 2015 12:53:37 -0000
        Chapters 25--28 minutely prescribe the 
construction of the Tabernacle and its furniture, while 
chapters 35--40 describe the execution of the task. The 
materials for the Tabernacle were supplied, by divine 
commandment, by the people's offering, and included 
three metals, colored fabrics, animal skins, wood, oil, 
and precious stones.

        The minute repetitions in these chapters of the 
materials used in the construction of the Tabernacle and 
of the vessels and the furniture of that place of 
worship is precious to the spiritual reader. Why this 
repetition? Because the Tabernacle, its curtains, its 
boards, its hooks, its sockets, its pins, its spoons--
everything connected with it, displayed to God's heart 
the infinite perfections and glories of His dearly 
beloved Son.

        The Tabernacle and its furnishings are a picture 
of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:11) and God's program for 
man's salvation. The Tabernacle was to be 45 feet long, 
15 feet wide, and 15 feet high, made of boards, covered 
with curtains, and facing the east. It was to be divided 
into two compartments: (1) The Holy Place, the east 30 
feet of the Tabernacle, containing the Table of 
Shewbread on the north side, the Candlestick on the 
south side, and the Altar of Incense in front of the 
veil; and (2) The Most Holy Place (the Holy of Holies), 
the west 15 feet of the Tabernacle (a perfect cube) 
containing only the Ark of the Covenant.

        The veil, which separated The Holy Place from 
The Most Holy Place, was to be made of "blue, and 
purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen" and was to 
be exquisitely embroidered with Cherubs.

        There was to be an outer court (fence) around 
the Tabernacle, approximately 150 feet long, 75 feet 
wide, facing the east, with a gate in the east end. Just 
inside the gate there was to be placed a brazen altar 
for the general sacrifice of animals; then about midway 
between the altar and the Tabernacle was to be placed a 
brazen laver, a great brass bowl to hold water, for the 
priests to wash their hands and feet before ministering 
at the Altar of Incense.

        The Ark of the Covenant was a chest made of 
acacia wood and overlaid with pure gold. It was a 
picture of Christ; wood speaking of His humanity, gold 
of His deity. It contained the two tables of stone upon 
which were inscribed the Ten Commandments, a golden pot 
of miraculously preserved manna, and Aaron's rod that 

        The Mercy Seat was the top of the Ark, a lid of 
solid gold. There was a Cherub at each end. Between the 
Cherubim was the Shechinah, the cloud in which Jehovah 
appeared above the Mercy Seat. The New Testament word 
for "propitiation" means "mercy seat."

        The Table of Shewbread held special bread which 
pictures Jesus Christ the Bread of Life, and the Word of 
God, which is our spiritual food. The Candlestick was 
made of one piece of pure gold, again emphasizing the 
deity of Christ, the Light of the world. The oil speaks 
of the Holy Spirit and the seven branches typify the 
perfection of Christ.

        The veil speaks of Christ's earthly body. When 
Christ died on the cross the veil was rent in twain, 
thus providing direct access to God through Christ. This 
marked the end of the Law, priesthood, and sacrifice. To 
go back to the Law is to sew up the veil that was rent 
on the day Christ died.