Saturday, November 23, 2013

Exodus 26:15-30 A Sturdy Tabernacle

"Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle.
Each frame is to be ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wide,
with two projections set parallel to each other.
Make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way.

Make twenty frames for the south side of the tabernacle
and make forty silver bases to go under them --
two bases for each frame, one under each projection.

For the other side, the north side of the tabernacle,
make twenty frames and forty sliver bases --
two under each frame.

Make six frames for the far end, that is, the west end of the tabernacle,
and make two frames for the corners at the far end.
At these two corners they must be double from the bottom all the way to the top,
and fitted into a single ring; both shall be like that.

So there will be eight frames and sixteen silver bases --
two under each frame.

Also make crossbars of acacia wood:
five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle,
five for those on the other side,
and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle.

The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames.

Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars.
Also overlay the crossbars with gold.

Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain."

Exodus 26:15-30 (NIV)
Some notes about the frames:
  • Altogether the framework for the Tabernacle was sturdy.  It had special projections built into the bottoms of each frame, so that they could be inserted into the silver bases which supported the structure.  There were also crossbars to help support the structure.
  • The silver for making these bases came from an offering from the Israelite community. (Exodus 38:25-27).
  • There were 100 silver bases made:  forty indicated in Exodus 26:19, another forty indicated in verse 21, sixteen bases in verse 25 and four bases which are mentioned in verse 32 (which is not a part of this passage).  If you add up these figures, they come out to 100 bases.
  • Each base was made from a talent of silver.  (Exodus 38:27)
I am sure that there are other interesting facts about the framework which we can discover.  I will update this post when I find anything else about it.

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