Exodus Types: 6b. The Tabernacle In the Wilderness, A Manifold Type of Christ and His Church
There was no compulsion from without to get the Israelites
to give. Their own hearts stirred them
up to give. Their own spirits made them willing to give.
They brought much more than was
needed for the task. It is this kind of giving that is very
much needed in all phases of the work of
the Lord in these days.
Spirit-filled workmen built the Tabernacle; and Spirit-
filled Christians should carry on every
phase of activity in the church. "And Moses said unto the
children of Israel, See, the Lord
hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur,
of the tribe of Judah; and he
hath filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in
understanding, and in knowledge, and
in all manner of workmanship; and to devise curious works,
to work in gold, and in silver,
and in brass, and in the cutting of stones, to set them, and
in carving of wood, to make any
manner of cunning work. And he hath put in his heart that he
may teach, both he, and
Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. Them
hath he filled with wisdom of
heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of
the cunning workman, and of
the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in
fine linen, and of the weaver,
even of them that do any work, and of those that devise
cunning work" (Exodus 35:30-35).
God gave to these men who made the Tabernacle and its
furnishings wisdom and skill by His
Holy Spirit. And in the early church Spirit-filled men were
sought out to perform all the tasks of
the Lord. "Then the twelve called the multitude of the
disciples unto them, and said, It is not
reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve
tables. Wherefore brethren, look ye
out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy
Spirit and wisdom, whom we
may appoint over this business" (Acts 6:2, 3).
The height of the fence that enclosed the Tabernacle
courtyard was five cubits (seven and onehalf
feet); and was thus like that of a sheepfold where only a
robber would attempt to climb over.
"And the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable
to the hangings of the court"
This fence was seven and a half feet high, and sufficient to
keep out intruders. It reminds us of
the sheepfold Christ spoke about: Verily, verily, I say unto
you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold,
climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a
robber. But he that entereth in by the
door is the shepherd of the sheep" (John 10:1, 2). Only by
the God-appointed way through the
courtyard gate, bringing an offering, could anyone enter
into where God’s presence was, in the
days of the Tabernacle.
The white linen hangings of the courtyard fence pictured the
holiness of God, which bars the
sinner except he come in through Christ the door. "There
shall be hangings for the court of
fine twined linen" (Exodus 27:9). God is a holy God and
cannot countenance sin in His
presence. "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and
canst not look on iniquity"
(Habakkuk 1:13). The sinner must be barred from God’s
presence except he come in through
Christ the Door of his salvation. "I am the door: by me if
any man enter in, he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).
The brass sockets that held the pillars of the courtyard
fence were a symbol of judgment on sin,
and the silver chapiters, fillets, and hooks, were a type of
redemption. "And the sockets for the
pillars were of brass; and the hooks of the pillars and
their fillets of silver; and the
overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars
of the court were filleted with
silver" (Exodus 38:17). The pillars were the posts, the
chapiter was the top of the post. The fillet
was the rod upon which the curtain was hung, and the hooks
were used to hang the curtains. The
sockets were the foundation of the posts and were of brass.
Brass was a symbol of judgment: "And his feet like unto fine
brass, as if they burned in a
furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters"
This pictures Christ coming in judgment at His return to
earth. Silver is a type of redemption: "If
there be yet many years behind, according unto them he shall
give again the price of his
redemption out of the money that he was bought for"
(Leviticus 25:51). This speaks of the
silver redemption money. In I Peter 1:18, 19 we are told
that we are "not redeemed with . . .
silver and gold . . . but with the precious blood of
An Israelite, after looking at the brass sockets (type of
judgment upon sin), could follow the
silver fillets (type of redemption) around the corner of the
courtyard and thus be led to the
gateway where an entrance could be made if an offering for
sin was brought.
The gateway into the courtyard was wide and beautiful, and
those entering had to bring a
sacrifice; and all this is typical of Christ as our Door.
"And for the gate of the court shall be an
hanging of twenty cubits" (Exodus 27:16). The gate was
twenty cubits, or thirty feet, wide by
seven and one-half feet high. It was wide enough to
accommodate all who wished to enter.
Today salvation is for "whosoever believeth" (John 3:16).
The beautiful hangings of the gate
way are described in verse 16: "And for the gate of the
court shall be an hanging of twenty
cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined
linen, wrought with needle work."
The blue pictures the deity of Christ; the purple, His
royalty; the scarlet, His humanity and His
sacrifice; and the white linen, His holiness. [Old Testament
Types - FHW]