(The principle of the tabernacle was a school teacher, teaching us how each of us are to approach God. The tabernacle was the place where the people met God. The tabernacle was the place where they worshipped God, and in that worship, they followed the way that God gave them for that worship. Today Christ is our Tabernacle, for the Old Testament way or "first" was done away with, and Christ became the "second" or New Way for the New Testament or Covenant. Just before Jesus went to the cross, He told His disciples that the beautiful temple that stood before them would be torn down, and rebuilt in three days; for He was talking about the True Temple, His Body, the body of Christ which is our Tabernacle today. So we saw how to approach our Lord, the True Temple from the example that He gave us through Moses. So from this point on to chapter 32 are the details of that tabernacle worship and the things that were used in their worship.)
1-8. Altar of Burnt Offerings.
Exodus:1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits (8 1/2') long and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare, and the height thereof shall be three cubits (3 1/2').
2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof. His horns shall be of the same, and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels and his basins and his fleshhooks and his firepans. All the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
4 And thou shalt make for it a grate, a network of brass; and upon the network shalt thou make four brazen rings at the four corners thereof.
5 And thou shalt put it under the rim of the altar beneath, that the network may be even to the middle of the altar.
(The margin or place where the priest stood. The "place" of 2 Chron.30:16. A raised position from which the sacrificing priest is said to "come down"; Lev.9:22)
6 And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.
7 And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar to bear it.
8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it. As it was shown thee on the mount, so shall they make it.
9-19. The Hangings of the Courts.
9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: For the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of finetwined linen of a hundred cubits long (175') for one side.
10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass;
(All other sockets of boards in "silver", 26:19, denoting redemption. The sockets of these pillars, the way of access, of bronze, denoting judgment in righteousness. Cp. the brazen Altar and Laver.)
the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
11 And likewise for the north side, in length there shall be hangings of a hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars with their twenty sockets of brass, and the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits (87 1/2'), their pillars ten and their sockets ten.
13 And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits.
14 The hangings on one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits (26 1/2'), their pillars three and their sockets three.
15 And on the other side shall be hangings of fifteen cubits, their pillars three and their sockets three.
16 And for the gate of the court shall be a hanging of twenty cubits (35') of blue and purple and scarlet, and finetwined linen wrought with needlework; and their pillars shall be four and their sockets four.
17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver and their sockets of brass.
18 The length of the court shall be a hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty everywhere, and the height five cubits (8 3/4') of finetwined linen, and their sockets of brass.
19 All the vessels of the tabernacle for all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.
20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel that they bring thee pure oil
(This is without measure.)
of beaten olive for the light to cause the lamp to burn always.
21 In the tabernacle of the congregation outside the veil, which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute for ever
(Why is this not being done today?)
unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.