"May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in His works." Psalm 104:31
Text: Exodus26 : 10-11, 14
OTHER TYPES OF SKINS WERE TO BE USED AS WELL
Goats’ skins were not the only ones to be used. Other types of skins were to be utilized as well.
“You shall also make a covering of ram skins dyed red for the tent,
and a covering of badger skins above that.” Exodus 26:14
The fact that the skins of ram and badgers were mentioned in the context of this special covering over the inner court of the Tabernacle, gives us even greater confidence to interpret the reference to goats (Exodus 26:7) as a reference to their skin. It would make perfect sense to combine skin with skin!
THE THEME OF ONENESS EMPHASISED AGAIN
It is amazing that the theme of “oneness” was once again highlighted! Even the matter of making a tent covering, oneness was to be borne in mind.
“You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain
that is outermost in one set, and fifty loops on the edge of
the curtain of the second set. And you shall make fifty bronze
clasps, put the clasps into the loops, and couple the tent together,
that it may be one.”
If we are to follow through with the theme of “oneness” then the reference to “goats” (Exodus 26:7) would be better understood as “goat skin”.
1. No mention of gold here
Gold is not mentioned with reference to the construction of the tent to be made to protect the articles in the inner court! Its absence is most notable! Another metal was introduced!
2. The use of bronze
Gold would not be the best of elements to use with reference to leather. It would not be strong enough. Bronze, which is essentially an alloy, would function far better!
3. The theme of “oneness”
If we understand this emphasis correctly, this theme would also take into consideration “harmony of elements”. Where gold was best-suited, then it must be employed. If bronze functioned better, then it would be utilized.
4. No obsession with gold
There is no obsession with using gold with every single item. Each metal had its power contribution to offer. Each one must be appreciated and utilized so that the concept of “oneness” may be fully realized!