"Bezaleel, Aholiab and their
Companions. [1 - 6]"
Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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. Lets review the layout of the tabernacle to see how they approached the Father by the use of His tabernacle. As you came through the front gate, the first thing standing there was the altar of burnt offerings. Of course we no longer use this altar of burnt offerings for Christ paid the price for one and all times at the cross. Today Christ wants your love, rather than the blood of goats and lambs at the altar of burnt offerings.
The next step was going to the Laver, which was a basin for washing hands, and before you approach the Father you must cleanse yourself. Today redemption washes us clean through the blood of Jesus Christ, and we must cleanse ourselves through repentance before we can even approach the throne of God. Next is the holy place, before you enter the Holy of holies.
In the Holy place is the table of shew bread, and the golden candlestick. The shew bread today is Jesus Christ, for He is the bread of life. His body that each of us partake of at communion, gives us everything that He has promised through His Word. The golden candlestick gives the light that shows us the way to the Father, and of course today that light is Jesus Christ.
It was that the altar of incense that Zachariah the prophet was spoken to by the angel, at the announcement of John the Baptist's birth. So the savory incense had to be burnt before entering into the Holy of holies. It was only the High Priest that could enter into the Holy of holies. So within the Holy of holies was the Altar itself, with the cherubims on each side, and with the altar or ark, was the testament on stone, the manna, and the staff. Over this altar was the mercy seat itself, the place where our Lord Jesus Christ would sit, for it was the place of judgment, and mercy rendered.
So what does this all say to us living today? It says that Jesus Christ is over the law, and He was the completion or fulfillment of the law. He was over the ten commandment tablets that was the school master for mankind up to the death and resurrection of our Lord. Christ or the Messiah is above the Law. In Jesus Christ is the completion and fulfillment of the Law. No not one part of the Law was changed when our Lord went to the cross, but through the cleansing blood of Christ, upon your repentance, and your absorbing that light from His Word; when you partake of that shewbread at communion, being the body of Christ; we are allow to approach the very throne of God. That heavy curtain that we will read of in this chapter was rent in two, and the holy of holies was opened to anyone that would come in repentance to the throne of God.
So 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 wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded."
Exodus 36:2 "And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted 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:"
Exodus 36:3 "And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning."
Exodus 36:4 "And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;"
Exodus 36:5 "And they spake unto Moses, saying, "The People bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make."
Exodus 36:6 "And Moses gave 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."
Exodus 36:7 "For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much."
Exodus 36:8 "And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them."
Exodus 36:9 "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."
Exodus 36:10 "And he coupled the five curtains one unto another: and the other five curtains he coupled one unto another."
Exodus 36:11 And he made loops of blue on the edge of one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling: likewise he made in the uttermost side of another curtain, in the coupling of the second."
Exodus 36:12 "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."
Exodus 36:13 "And he made fifty taches of gold, and coupled the curtains one to another with the taches: so it became one tabernacle."
Exodus 36:14 "And he made curtains of goats' hair for the tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains he made them."
Exodus 36:15 "The length of one curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits was the breadth of curtain: the eleven curtains were of one size."
Exodus 36:16 "And he coupled five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by them selves."
Exodus 36:17 "And he made fifty loops upon the uttermost edge of the curtain in the coupling, and fifty loops made he upon the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second."
Exodus 36:18 "And he made fifty taches of brass to couple the tent together, that it might be one."
Exodus 36:19 "And he made a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers' skins above that."
Exodus 36:20 "And he made boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood, standing up."
Exodus 36:21 "The length of a board was ten cubits, and the breadth of a board one cubit and a half."
Exodus 36:22 "One board had two tenons, equally distant one from another: thus did he make for all the boards of the tabernacle."
Exodus 36:23 "And he made boards: for the tabernacle; twenty boards for the south sideward."
Exodus 36:24 "And forty sockets of silver he made under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for hs two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his tow tenons."
Exodus 36:25 "And for the other side of the tabernacle, which is toward the north corner, he made twenty boards,"
Exodus 36:26 "And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board."
Exodus 36:27 "And for the sides of the tabernacle westward he made six boards."
Exodus 36:28 "And two boards made he for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides."
Exodus 36:29 "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."
Exodus 36:30 "And there were eight boards; and their sockets were sixteen sockets of silver, under every board two sockets."
Exodus 36:31 "And he made bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle."
Exodus 36:32 "And he made bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the tabernacle for the sides westward."
Exodus 36:33 "And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards from the one end to the other."
Exodus 36:34 "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."
Exodus 36:35 "And he made a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: with cherubims made he it of cunning work."
Exodus 36:36 "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. "
Exodus 36:37 "And he made an hanging for the tabernacle door of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework;"
Exodus 36:38 "And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters 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.
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