Exodus 26:1-14, 31-33
I). The Veil.
Having moved through the Holy Place
and towards the Holy of Holies we are faced with a beautiful veil made of
fine twined linen of blue, purple and scarlet. This veil is what separates
the priest from the dwelling place of God and the mercy seat atop the ark.
This veil clearly speaks of the flesh of Jesus Christ.
A). The Materials: Ex. 26:31-33, 36:35-36
*The believer is partaker of this veil because of Jesusí righteousness "Öfor us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;" Rom 4:24. (see also Rom 4:6-8,11,22-25, Ja. 2:23, Rev. 19:8, Isa. 61:10).
2). The colours of the veil also speak of Jesus:
Blue: speaks of heavenly origin "Öthe second man is the Lord from heaven." 1 Cor 15:47
Purple: speaks of Jesusí royalty. Jesus was the son of David & crucified as the king of the Jews, but will one day sit on Davidís throne as King of kings!
Scarlet: speaks of the price that was paid for our access to the mercy seat of God. Scarlet is the color of the blood shed at Calvary.
White: the linen was white with these other 3 colours woven into it. The white speaks of Jesusí sinless humanity (Heb 4:15; 7:26, 2 Cor.5:21, 1Peter 1:19;2:22).
3). This veil of Jesusí flesh hung on hooks of gold. The flesh of Jesus was supported (hung from) by His deity and God the Father.
4). When Jesus spoke the words: "It is finished" the veil was torn from top to bottom. This veil of Jesus flesh was torn at Calvary, but the method is clear. (Matt 27:51)
a). It was torn from top to bottom. Only God could tear the veil from top to bottom (man would have to start at the bottom, it was 15 feet tall). Jesus gave His life and no one could take it (Jn 19:11, Jn 3:16) Salvation is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9)
b). Salvation is something that only Jesus could pay for. Man could not tear the veil himself.
"according to a Jewish writer, it would have required the strength of a yoke of oxen pulling in opposite directions to rend it apart" (Needham, Geo. C. The True Tabernacle 1879, p 99).
c). The tearing of the veil simultaneously made access to the mercy seat of God available and destroyed the Levitical priesthood.
*We have access by faith into the grace of God. "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Rom 5:2 (see also Eph. 2:18; 3:12, Heb 4:16).
*Jesus is the High Priest of our faith and we are become the priests of the tabernacle (temple).
"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession." Heb. 4:14
"Ye also, as lively stones, are
built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 2:5
II). The Coverings: Ex. 26:1-14; 36:8-19.
A). The first covering is called a curtain of "fine twined linen" of blue, purple and scarlet with cherubims woven into it just like the veil.
This covering was made up of 10 curtains each 28w x 4L cubits. These 10 curtains were sewn together in two halves (5 apiece). These two pieces were then taken and "loops of blue" were made on the edges facing each other and then 50 rings of gold were to hold the loops together making this one covering. Sewed together the size then was 28w x 40L cubits. (9 cu. hanging off each side and 10 cu off the back).
*this all shows the same symbolism
as the veil which represents the body of Jesus Christ. From inside the
Tabernacle the Priest could see a physical representation of the glory and
beauty of the Savior along with His heavenly origin.
B). 11 Curtains of Goats Hair: Ex 25:4
1). The symbol of a goat is that of a "sin-bearer". In Lev. 16:20-22 if found where a goat is used to carry the sins of the people. The goatís hair woven together (Ex 35:26) would have been a very dark material which speaks of the nature of sin.
*Jesus was the "scape-goat" for our sins. Heb 13:12.
2). The taches (hooks) of brass
represent the judgment on sin (see Num. 21:9- Moses and the brasen
C). The Covering of Ramís Skin. Ex 26:14
2). The symbol of a ram is the symbol of substitution as God provided a ram for Abraham in place of his only son Issac (Gen. 22:1-14).
3) The ram is also used for consecration. In Ex 29:15-26 the ram is used as a "ram of consecration". The animal was killed and the blood was sprinkled on the altar and placed on the priestís ear, thumb and great toe as a sign of separation to Godís service. Jesus Christ is our consecration and His blood is placed on us to dedicate us to Godís service.
4). This ram, stripped of itís skin
also speaks of the Christ who was stripped of His glory, and even His
clothing at Calvary. (Heb. 12:2, Jn 19:23-24, Phil 2:7-8).
D). The Covering of Badgerís Skin. Ex 26:14
"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Phil 2:7-8
2). The nature of badgerís skin which is an unsightly skin speaks of Jesus humanity as described in Isaiah 53:2
"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.".
3). However, it
must be pointed out that however Christ looked on the outside is nothing
to be compared to the inner beauty that is seen in the fine linen of the
inside of the Tabernacle. The unsaved world cannot see the beauty and
glory of Christ until they will enter in faith!
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.