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FRAMEWORKS: Exodus 26 : The Tabernacle itself

 

v.1-3 The Tent Curtains

v.4-6 The Curtain Fixings

v.7-9 The Tabernacle Covering Curtains

v.10-13 The Covering Curtain Fixings & Hanging

v.14 A Further Protective Covering

v.15–29 The Framework of the Tabernacle

v.30-33 The Cross Wall

v.34,35 Locations for the ark, table & lampstand

v.36,37 The Entrance

 

 

v.1-3 The Tent Curtains

 

v.1 “Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker.

v.2 All the curtains are to be the same size— 42 feet long and 6 feet wide, (about 13m x 1.8m)

v.3 Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five.

 

[Notes: Ten curtains joined in two sets of five, which appear to have gone crossways over the roof and down the sides to within eighteen inches of the ground. The were highly decorative with pictures of angels woven into them.

 

 

v.4-6 The Curtain Fixings

 

v.4 Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set.

v.5 Make fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other.

v.6 Then make fifty gold clasps and use them to fasten the curtains together so that the tabernacle is a unit.

 

[Notes: The fifty loops along the end edges of the 5 x 6 = 30 width, suggests this was to join them, making a total depth of 60ft suggesting covering the roof and the back only (45+15)]

 

 

v.7-9 The Tabernacle Covering Curtains

 

v.7 “Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle— eleven altogether.

v.8 All eleven curtains are to be the same size— about 45 feet long and 6 feet wide (13.5m x 1.8m ]

v.9 Join five of the curtains together into one set and the other six into another set. Fold the sixth curtain double at the front of the tent.

 

[Notes: Then, over the fine curtains was a tougher protective layer curtain which was three feet longer than the inner curtains, enabling them to reach the floor either side.. Being eleven meant one hung over the front, three feet when folded double.]

 

 

v.10-13 The Covering Curtain Fixings & Hanging

 

v.10 Make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set.

v.11 Then make fifty bronze clasps and put them in the loops to fasten the tent together as a unit.

v.12 As for the additional length of the tent curtains, the half curtain that is left over is to hang down at the rear of the tabernacle.

v.13 The tent curtains will be about 18 inches (45cm) longer on both sides; what is left will hang over the sides of the tabernacle so as to cover it.

 

[Notes: The same means of joining together the 5 and now 6 sets. These longer curtains thus protected the shorter curtains.

 

 

v.14 A Further Protective Covering

 

v.14 Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of the other durable leather.

 

[Notes: The first two layers of curtain are now protected by first a layer of skins and then a later of leather to keep the rain or sun off.]

 

 

v.15–29 The Framework of the Tabernacle

 

v.15 “Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle.

v.16 Each frame is to be about 15 feet long and 2.25 feet wide (4.5m x 68cm) [i.e. these vertical frames would make the tabernacle about fifteen feet high]

v.17 with two projections set parallel to each other. Make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way.

v.18 Make twenty frames for the south side of the tabernacle [i.e. 20 x 2.5 = 45 feet total wall length]

v.19 and make forty silver bases to go under them—two bases for each frame, one under each projection.

v.20 For the other side, the north side of the tabernacle, make twenty frames

v.21 and forty silver bases—two under each frame.

v.22 Make six frames for the far end , that is, the west end of the tabernacle,

v.23 and make two frames for the corners at the far end.

v.24 At these two corners they must be double from the bottom all the way to the top and fitted into a single ring; both shall be like that.

v.25 So there will be eight frames and sixteen silver bases—two under each frame. [which would appear to be a total of about eighteen feet wide]

v.26 “Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle,

v.27 five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle.

v.28 The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames.

v.29 Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Also overlay the crossbars with gold. [ The five crossbars on all four sides seem to run the full length of each wall in order to maintain straightness and enable fixing, presumably one at the top of the frame, one at the bottom, one in the centre and the other two presumably equally spaced between the others.]

 

[Notes: The 15 feet long frames might be better described fifteen feet tall or high, as they would go together vertically to make a forty-five feet long structure, fifteen feet high and tall. Being frames two and a half feet wide made them portable and easily put together. Note that the forty-five feet lengths are designated the north and south walls. The west end is the far end [making the back wall of the Most Holy Place] and there is no mention of the east wall, which will be the front and will [see v.35 & 36 later] comprise five posts and a single curtain.]

 

 

v.30-33 The Cross Wall

 

v.30 “Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.

v.31 “Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker.

v.32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases.

v.33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.

 

[Notes: Note again another reference to the plan given to Moses on the mountain. The cross wall separates off the two areas.]

 

 

v.34,35 Locations for the ark, table & lampstand

 

v.34   Put the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Place.

v.35 Place the table outside the curtain [of the Most Holy Place] on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.

 

[Notes: The ark will be located in the Most Holy Place, the table on the right (north) wall (looking in from the front) and the lampstand on the opposite (south) wall, both in the Holy Place.]

 

 

v.36,37 The Entrance

 

v.36 “For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer.

v.37 Make gold hooks for this curtain and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold. And cast five bronze bases for them.

 

[Notes: The entrance is the front wall and simply comprises five posts and a single hanging curtain. Presumably the outer (say quarter) part of the curtain could be unclipped at the top to allow it to be folded back to form a door opening.]

         

    

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