Monday, November 25, 2013
Exodus 26:31-37 Curtains for the Tabernacle
"Make a curtain of blue,purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen,
with cherubim worked into it by a skillful craftsman.
Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold
and standing on four silver bases.
Hang the curtain from the clasps
and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain.
The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
Put the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place.
Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle
and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.
For the entrance to the tent
make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen --
the work of an embroiderer.
Make gold hooks for this curtain
and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold.
And cast five bronze bases for them."
Exodus 26:31-37 (NIV)
A curtain was made which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. It was made of finely twisted linen, and blue, purple and scarlet yarn. A cherubim design was worked into the curtain, which brings to mind the cherubim which God had stationed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22-24) Gold hooks secured this curtain onto four acacia wood posts which had been overlaid with gold and set into four silver bases.
Within this Most Holy Place was the ark of the Testimony. I wrote of that in greater detail here.
Outside the Most Holy Place was the Holy Place. A table stood outside the curtain of the Most Holy Place on the north side. A lampstand stood opposite it on the south side.
For the entrance to the Holy Place there was another curtain. This one was also made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen. There is no mention of a cherubim design being worked into this curtain. This latter curtain was attached by gold hooks to five acacia wood posts which had been overlaid with gold, set into five bronze bases.