"Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!" Psalm 105:3
Text: Exodus 26 : 15-16, 26-29
THINKING THINGS OVER
As Moses thought through the plans that God had shown him, he must have marveled at the way the Tabernacle was designed. As an apt student, he would have taken time to ponder over the details that God had given to him! How his heart must have been warmed that so many rich symbolic lessons could be taught just by erecting the Tabernacle!
THOUGHTS BEGET THOUGHTS
When one begins to think things through carefully, it is natural that questions would arise. Thought, after all, will beget thoughts. It was good and fine to have beautiful curtains of linen. It was a practical idea to use skins to provide a roof over the inner court of the Tabernacle. But would having curtains be enough? Would the structure not be too flimsy? God must have known what Moses was thinking about! He had plans to make the structure of the Tabernacle as strong as a Tent possibly could be. Acacia boards would be made to form “walls”.
“And for the Tabernacle you shall make the boards
of acacia wood, standing upright. Ten cubits shall be
the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be
the width of each board…
And you shall make bars of acacia wood: five for the boards
on one side of the tabernacle, five bars for the boards on
the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards
of the side of the tabernacle, for the far side westward.
The middle bar shall pass through the midst of the boards
from end to end.”
EXODUS 26:15-16, 26-28
These boards would form a wall for the Tabernacle. The curtains would be draped over these walls easily and the effect would be quite stunning! God had not missed out on any detail!
THE USE OF GOLD AGAIN
Would gold go well with the boards? Assuredly! Gold was to be used to overlay the boards to enhance the beauty of the boards.
“You shall overlay the boards with gold, make their rings
of gold as holders for the bars, and overlay the bars with gold.”
ANOTHER REMINDER TO COMPLY FULLY
As Moses pondered this new set of instructions, he was reminded that he must fulfill all things “according to the pattern” God had shown him (Exodus 26:30)