The Tent of the Tabernacle
Scriptures: Ex. 26: 1-30
We have been by the Altar and had the sacrificial blood applied and then progressed to the Laver of the Word and washed therein and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the next step is to enter the tent.
From the outside there is no beauty to be seen, just a tent covered with dull colored badger skin. This brings to mind the prophecy in Isaiah (53) that says when we see Him there is no beauty that we should desire Him. There is a fine linen curtained entrance in the same colors of blue, purple, red and white that matches the opening into the courtyard. Here there are 5 posts that holds up the curtain. This denotes the 5-fold ministry of Jesus Christ that lifts up the Word. The posts are not seen to the casual observer and they are not the Door. Only the multi-colored curtain they hold up is the Door, just as the entrance to the courtyard curtain the color is blue, purple, scarlet and white. This is a direct representation of Jesus Christ. Their bases are in brass, but they are capped with gold. We who minister in the 5-fold ministry of Jesus Christ should not desire attention...the attention goes to Jesus Christ: the blue denoting His origin in heaven, the purple is His position as King, scarlet is His role of the suffering servant and he white is His purity as the four gospels illustrate.
The post were of acacia wood as was all the wood used in the tabernacle. The acacia is a tree that is native to the wilderness and grows gnarled and twisted until it is planed and finished by a master carpenter and then it is a wood most resistant to natural elements. Aren't you glad the carpenter from Galilee took our old twisted lives and worked with them to make us useful to His tabernacle?
The four protective coverings are the badger we have mentioned and under this is ram skins dyed red, then a black curtain of goats hair and then the covering visible only to the ones entering the Holy Place is fine twined linen with cherubim woven into them. The walls are gold covered acacia wood and are coupled together with taches of gold. These 15 feet tall walls are standing on bases of silver. Silver denotes redemption and it important to note that the post of the courtyard are set in brass bases. This speaks of progressing from walking in judgment into a walk of redemption. To secure these boards there are 5 bars of gold covered acacia woods in golden rings attached to the sides and back of the of the golden walls. The middle bar reaches from end to end (east to west) and is shot through the midst of the standing wall boards. This speaks of the Apostle and Prophet at the top, the Evangelist that travels all directions and the Pastor and Teacher that minister lower to the ground. All hold the edifice in place. Have you ever noticed how many times we are told to " stand ", even when we have done all we can do we are to stand clothed in the armor of God, as these boards hold up the 4 coverings of the tent. The reason the black goatskin is next to the white ceiling curtain is clear when we remember Jesus became sin for us and bore our sins as the scapegoat. The ram skins dyed red speak of the sacrificial offering God provided us in Jesus Christ, just as He did for Abraham and Isaac under the first covenant. The badger is an watchful loner with skin that repels water and is impervious to heat. Of course, the white curtain with cherubim denotes His nature of righteousness. Aren't you glad He was made unto us righteousness? The white curtain is all those who enter into the holy place of revelation see and they have to look up to do so. It is hidden from those who do not enter in through the Door which is a curtain held up by 5 acacia pillars standing in brass.
The furnishings in the Holy Place are three and the next article for discussion is the Golden Lampstand. Since the outer court speaks of visitation, this lovely room speaks of revelation.