The Tabernacle – The Boards

Exo 26:15-30Exo 36:20-36

A. Their construction

“planks” 27″ wide, 15′ long

20 planks each for the north and south sides; 6 planks with 2 additional corner pieces for the west (back) side

5 crossbars for stability running the length of each side

a central crossbar which spanned the entire length, running through the center of the planks (Ex. 26:28; 36:33)

the other four crossbars on the outside running through gold rings or staples

outside dimensions of the tabernacle – 15′ x 45′

planks and crossbars made from acacia wood overlaid with gold

2 cast silver “bases” for the tenons on the bottom of each plank – a total of 96 bases or sockets each containing a talent or approximately 75 pounds of silver (Ex. 38:27)

B. Their use

make a house with two apartments

support the four coverings

blue, purple and scarlet linen
white goat’s hair
red ram skin
manatee skin

if they were solid rather than simple frames, provide a reflective surface to magnify light from the lampstand

assemble to make a sturdy yet portable structure

C. Their significance

David: “I’ll build You a house.” God: “I’ll build you a house; Your son will build me a house.” 2 Samuel 7:4-14

God to Solomon: “If Israel rejects me, I will reject my house.” 1 Kings 9:6-9

The OT saints: looked for a city with real foundations, aspiring to a better land. Hebrews 11:10; 11:13-16 ; 13:14

The enduring spiritual house: the saints 1 Corinthians 3:9-171 Corinthians 6:19-202 Corinthians 6:16-181 Peter 2:4-5

The sockets/bases: two things toward which they could point

1. the foundation of the church – Peter’s confession (Matthew 16:16); the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:19-20)

2. strangers/pilgrims in the land but not taking root in it: Psalm 39:12Hebrews 11:13


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