Exodus 26 1 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: shall you make them with cherubim of cunning work. 2 The length of one curtain shall be 28 cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and every one of the curtains shall have one measure. 3 The five curtains shall be joined together one to another; and other five curtains shall be joined one to another. 4 And you shall make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the joining; and likewise shall you make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the joining of the second. 5 Fifty loops shall you make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shall you make in the edge of the curtain that is in the joining of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another. 6 And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and join the curtains together with the clasps: and it shall be one tabernacle. The tabernacle was the tent God’s lived in when He dwelt with His people Israel as they traveled toward the promised land. It foreshadowed the church, the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 7 And you shall make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: shall you make eleven curtains.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. 9 And you shall couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shall double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle. 10 And you shall make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outermost in the joining, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain that joins the second. 11 And you shall make fifty clasps of brass, and put the clasps into the loops, and join the tent together, that it may be one. Ephesians 4:3 …endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 13 Until 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 fullness of Christ: 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. 12 And the remnant that remains of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remains, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle. 13 And a cubit on the one side, and a cubit on the other side of that which remains 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. 14 And you shall make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers’ skins. 15 And you shall make boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood standing up. 16 Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board. 17 Two pins shall there be in one board, set in order one against another: thus shall you make for all the boards of the tabernacle. 18 And you shall make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward. 19 And you shall make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two pins, and two sockets under another board for his two pins. 20 And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards: 21 And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board. 22 And for the sides of the tabernacle westward you shall make six boards. 23 And two boards shall you make for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides. 24 And they shall be joined together beneath, and they shall be joined together above the head of it unto one ring: thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners. 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. 26 And you shall make bars of acacia wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, Acacia wood was a hardwood of the wilderness that resisted disease. It was a fitting picture of our God because of His infinite strength and resistance to sin and evil. 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. 28 And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end. 29 And you shall overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and you shall overlay the bars with gold. 30 And you shall raise up the tabernacle according to the fashion of it that was showed you in the mount.31 And you shall make a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of skillful work: with cherubim shall it be made: 32 And you shall hang it on four pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, on the four sockets of silver. 33 And you shall hang up the veil under the clasps, that you may bring in there within the veil the ark of the testimony: and the veil shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. The tabernacle was a stunning work of master craftsmen following God’s instructions. The most holy place was the Holy of Holies. It was a perfect cube. The outer court of the tabernacle had lots of brass. Brass was a symbol of judgment. The innermost part had pure gold. Gold represents the value and perfection of deity. What Christ did for us was so astonishing and all encompassing that all believers can now enter boldly into the very presence of our infinitely holy God. Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; God’s mercy is great 34 And you shall put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. 35 And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and you shall put the table on the north side. 36 And you shall make a hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework. 37 And you shall make for the hanging five pillars of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and you shall cast five sockets of brass for them. The mercy seat was the throne God sat on in the holy of holies. It was made of 29 talents of purest gold. The dollar value was over $170,000. $194,000 of silver. The total value of the entire tabernacle was over $5,000,000 (around 1980 standards). A seat of mercy because we cannot enter God’s presence without His mercy. We are not and will never be worthy to enter the presence of One who is infinite knowledge, infinite power, infinite righteousness, infinite goodness, and infinite love. Psalm 57:10 For Your mercy is great unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds. John 17:21 That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in me, and I in You, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that You have sent me.