(This chapter starts the putting together of the parts of the Tabernacle, and the garments that will be worn in the tabernacle by the priests. If we look at the overall camp of the children of Israel, we see that the Tabernacle was the center of the twelve tribes. God's house was the center of all of Israel, and over the tabernacle, looking down on the camp, it formed a five pointed star, illustrating the presence of God. The Tabernacle was God's dwelling place here on earth among His people, and the center of that dwelling place was the Holy of holies where God communed with His people, and man could meet and see God. This entire book of Exodus was a pattern or shadow of the things to come, and here in this chapter we will see how it was all put together.)
Exodus 36:1 Then Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wisehearted man in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, wrought according to all that the LORD had commanded.
2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wisehearted man in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up, to come unto the work to do it.
3 And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it thereby. And they brought yet unto him freewill offerings every morning.
4 And all the wise men who wrought all the work of the sanctuary came every man from his work which they made,
5 And they spoke unto Moses, saying, "The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the LORD commanded to make."
6 And Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, "Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary." So the people were restrained from bringing,
7 For the supply they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.
THE TABERNACLE MADE.
8 And every wisehearted man among them who wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of finetwined linen, and blue and purple and scarlet; with cherubims of skillful work made he them.
9 The length of one curtain was twenty and eight cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits; the curtains were all of one size.
10 And he coupled the five curtains one unto another, and the other five curtains he coupled one unto another.
11 And he made loops of blue on the edge of one curtain from the selvage in the coupling. Likewise he made in the outermost side of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.
12 Fifty loops made he in one curtain, and fifty loops made he in the edge of the curtain which was in the coupling of the second; the loops held one curtain to another.
13 And he made fifty clasps of gold, and coupled the curtains one unto another with the clasps. So it became one tabernacle.
14-19. THE COVERING OF THE TENT.
14 And he made curtains of goats' hair for the tent over the tabernacle; eleven curtains he made them.
15 The length of one curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits was the breadth of one curtain; the eleven curtains were of one size.
16 And he coupled five curtains by themselves and six curtains by themselves.
17 And he made fifty loops upon the outermost edge of the curtain in the coupling, and fifty loops made he upon the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second.
18 And he made fifty clasps of brass to couple the tent together, that it might be one.
19 And he made a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers' skins above that.
20-30. THE BOARDS.
20 And he made boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood, standing upright.
21 The length of a board was ten cubits, and the breadth of a board one cubit and a half.
22 One board had two tenons equally distant one from another. Thus did he make for all the boards of the tabernacle.
23 And he made boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards for the south side southward.
24 And forty sockets of silver he made under the twenty boards: two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.
25 And for the other side of the tabernacle, which is toward the north corner, he made twenty boards.
26 And their forty sockets of silver: two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
27 And for the sides of the tabernacle westward he made six boards.
28 And two boards made he for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides.
29 And they were coupled beneath and coupled together at the head thereof to one ring; thus he did to both of them in both the corners.
30 And there were eight boards, and their sockets were sixteen sockets of silver, under every board two sockets.
31-34. THE BARS.
31 And he made bars of shittim wood: five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,
32 And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the tabernacle for the sides westward.
33 And he made the middle bar to extend through the boards from the one end to the other.
34 And he overlaid the boards with gold, and made their rings of gold to be places for the bars, and overlaid the bars with gold.
35 And he made a veil of blue and purple and scarlet, and finetwined linen; with cherubims he made it of skillful work.
36 And he made thereunto four pillars of shittim wood and overlaid them with gold. Their hooks were of gold, and he cast for them four sockets of silver.
37,38. THE HANGING FOR THE ENTRANCE.
37 And he made a hanging for the tabernacle door of blue and purple and scarlet, and finetwined linen, of needlework,
38 And the five pillars of it with their hooks. And he overlaid their capitals and their fillets with gold, but their five sockets were of brass.
(So the things of the tabernacle comprised things that men and women could see and touch; it was an object lesson for the process of man to approach God. Each part of the tabernacle was important, for it would represent or be a shadow of what was to come later, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.)