July 2 - The Plan

Monday, July 2, 2012

July 2 - The Plan
Exodus 26:1-37

In this description of the plan for erecting the Tabernacle, we see that there is beautiful work done for the tapestry curtains.  Ten of these curtains are created with linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn.  Then, overlaying these gorgeous curtains as protection from the elements are curtains made of goat hair.  Two more layers of protection are made, a covering made of ram skins dyed red and then a covering made from the hides of sea cows.

On the inside of the Tabernacle we would find one more curtain that covers the Most Holy Place.  While it is made with the same colors of purple, blue and scarlet yarns in linen, figures of cherubs are worked into the tapestry.

Finally, there is a curtain that covers the main entrance to the tent made of the same colors.

A framework is created of acacia wood, curtain hooks are made of bronze and gold and bases for the framework are made of gold, bronze and silver.

Each of these parts of the Tabernacle and each of the items to be placed in the Tabernacle (the altars, the lampstand, the Ark of the Covenant, the Table) were made to be portable.

God was on the move and the people of God had to be ready to move with Him, sometimes at a moment’s notice.

God wasn’t prepared to settle into one place until He found the home for His children.  Until then, though it was appropriate to fashion a perfect home for His presence, it was also necessary that everything be mobile.  The people carried the entirety of their lives as they traveled; they also carried their means of worship.  They carried their homes and they carried the dwelling place of the Lord God Almighty.