“The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 19
“For the tabernacle you shall make the boards of acacia wood, standing upright. Ten cubits
shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the width of each board. Two
tendons shall be in each board for binding one to another. Thus you shall make for all the
boards of the tabernacle. And you shall make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards for
the south side. You shall make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets
under each of the boards for its tendons.”
Likewise it shall be for the north side
“For the far side of the tabernacle, westward (i.e. the back) you shall make six boards, and you
shall also make two boards for the two back corners of the tabernacle, they shall be coupled
together at the bottom and they shall be coupled together at the top by one ring, thus it shall
be for both of them, they shall be for the two corners. So there shall be eight boards with their
sockets of silver, sixteen sockets, two sockets under each of the boards.” (Exod 26:15-25)
“Aside from the fact that the Scriptures tell us their number, of what they were made, and where they
were used, we know very little about them. We are not told anything about their shape or design nor as
to whether they were of the order of discs laid upon the ground (and therefore being wider than deep),
or if they were partly, or entirely sunk below the level of the ground. The fact is, that for much of the
Tabernacle, including these sockets, no specific details are given; and it is certain that Moses gave
supplementary instructions to Bezaleel and Aholiab “according to the pattern” shown him in the
mount. (Exod 25:40; Heb. 8:5) Nor is it necessary that we always know the details or designs since
the purpose is clearly set forth.
The gold-plated boards (panels) which supported the linen and goats’ hair curtains stood in 96 silver
sockets. If we add to this figure the four silver sockets upon which the four gold covered pillars stood
at the entrance to the “Most Holy”, the number of silver sockets is just 100, a figure which we believe
In the wilderness a firstborn was redeemed with 100 gerahs (Num 3:46, 47; 18:16) but in the
land with a lamb (Exod 13:13). Thus 100 gerahs is the equivalent of one lamb.
And how significant this is when we remember that these sockets were not made from a part of the free-
will offerings of the Israelites, but of that which constituted the poll tax (Exod 38:25,27) given by
every man for the ransom of his soul (Exod 30:12), yea, for his atonement (Exodus 30). As the
Tabernacle stood upon these silver sockets, so does the atonement rest upon the redemption
affected by Christ Jesus. “Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 105
“And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of
the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.” (Exod 38:27)
As was stated by Brother Frey the design of the silver sockets (or bases if you prefer) are not specified
in the Scriptures, however considering the great weight and size of the structure they were intended to
support one could only imagine that for better stability and strength they might have interlocked in
some manner or form so as to provide for a firmer foundation, then with the addition of pegs driven
through specially prepared holes in the sockets, followed by a layer of earth (sand) filled to the top
within the tabernacle, they would be amply able to support the gold covered boards which would be
inserted into them by means of their tendons.
This particular design can be attributed to the design set forth in Sister Marie Lundquist’ three
dimensional model of the Tabernacle. Understand that the copper pegs would no longer be visible once
the interior ground floor of the tabernacle was covered in sand, thus in no way interfering with the
picture or type prefigured in the interior of the Tabernacle.
This particular interlocking system seems to work quite well initially, at least that is until you come to
the two corners, that’s when you run into a little difficulty especially when you have the additional extra
two corner boards with their sockets to contend with also, however I believe a solution to this problem
must of needs be found especially seeing as the whole constructional integrity of the tabernacle
structure is dependent upon the strength and stability of the foundation especially as it is
established in these two corners.
If you recall the same thing applied in regards to the integrity of the Great Pyramid, it too was found
dependent upon the foundation of its sockets, of which it had four, one at each corner providing for
the stability of the structure. (See Great Pyramid Passages page 49)
“Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou know? Or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the sockets thereof made to sink? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof: when
the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:3-7)
It is evident here that the Lord was comparing the stability of the earth with that of the Great Pyramid.
Likewise we all are aware of how much the Lord stresses the importance of a proper foundation (Luke
6:46-49) the “corner stone, a sure foundation” (Isa 28:16) “the foundation of God stands sure”
(2 Tim 2:19) “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus
Christ (pictured in the ransom, which the silver sockets typify).” 1 Cor 3:11
In the following illustration we have a view from the outside of the left rear bottom corner illustrating
how the rear corner sockets may have come together, locking one to another. Likewise shown here is
the bottom “coupling ring” (Exod 32:29) which helped secure the rear bottom corner of the outside
rear board to the remainder of the tabernacle structure. It will be noticed from a comparisons of the
various illustrations supplied how we imagine all the silver sockets to have been secured (locked) one to
another, and how the majority likewise could be additional secured by the use of copper pins, however
there is a slight difference in how this is to be accomplished when it comes to the corners seeing as
their construction must be altered in order to accommodate them as corner sockets.
Note the difference in the design of sockets numbers 2-5 these four sockets must not only be modified
in some way or fashion in order to traverse the corner, but likewise must still be able to be locked
together one to another in order to provide strength and stability to the corners, and so we hope that
what we have presented here addresses this concern. However there still remains one other problem
which likewise must be addressed and that is that these four sockets in the process of their
construction and design must still maintain the proper weight specified for each one of the 100
sockets, one talent (about 75lbs) each per socket (Exod 38:27).
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