The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 41

The Construction or Erecting of the Tabernacle

It is my opinion that it is this final illustration of the Tabernacle which fulfills all the spiritual
aspects required in the tabernacle likewise those pertaining to its practical or functional aspects
is the truest representation of what the Tabernacle may have looked like with all of its coverings
in place
. This particular view or design addresses the central problem with the roof without having to
resort to the addition of added poles to support the tent covering over the structure. Not only this, but
likewise we believe it can be supported sufficiently by the Scriptures.

I have seen this particular design before but what was missing was the cross webbing of the cords so
that they were not only running from side to side (north/south) but also from end to end, length wise
(east/west), similar in design to the
shroud rigging of a sailing vessel used to support the mast, you
know what you generally see the sailor’s climbing on when ascending up the mast to put up or release
the sails.

By so incorporating these extra cords a cross webbing effect is established one which not only provides
greater support and stability to the sides of the covering but most importantly to the roof so that if by
chance it should rain directly upon the structure the ceiling would not buckle. This particular design like
that of the two previous designs aloud the two final coverings to be held out as well as up and over the
structure thus helping to prevent puddles from forming around the structure up close which could lead
to mud splashing up upon the curtains (I don’t think they had dry cleaning like we have today so keeping
these curtains as clean as possible would seem to have been a priority).

It should be understood however that most likely rain was not their biggest concern; most likely the
greatest problem encountered was the wind (down pours in that region were probably not at all that
significant nor frequent), however if not adequately secured, both the curtains of the tabernacle and
those in the surrounding courtyard could easily be reduced to shreds by the winds in that region.

“Why we believe the Scriptures support this last design”

In Exodus Chapters 25-27 we find the Lord explaining to Moses what he would have made of all the
various articles which were offered by the children of Israel as “
freewill offerings”, offerings devoted to
the construction of the tabernacle, and everything that appertains to it. Now in the
27 Chapter of
when the Lord had just about finished explaining to Moses all the items involved in the
construction of the courtyard and all that appertained to it,
in the 19 Verse he states the following,

All the utensils of the tabernacle for its service, all its pegs, and all the pegs of the court shall be
made of copper

Likewise in
Exodus Chapter 35 when Moses was mentioning the various items to be made, he mentions
the following in
Verses 10 and 18,

All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all the Lord has commanded…the
pegs of the tabernacle, the pegs of the court, and their cords

From this we gather two things

1) That both the tabernacle itself and the courtyard employed the use of pegs and cords and

2) That these pegs mention were made of copper.

Now perhaps an objection might arise in regards to Exod 35:18 some might be incline to say, ‘Well we
will accept the fact that pegs were used in conjunction with the tabernacle, but we believe the reference
here made to “
cords” was only in regards to those of the court’.

In response to this we would ask, then where then were the “
pegs” used that were mentioned in regards
to the tabernacle, and no you can’t say, ‘Well as you have shown in one of your earlier illustrations these
pegs were used to help secure the silver sockets to the ground’ that my friend is not a sufficient answer
because the placement of those pegs there was
merely an assumption on our part, regardless of
whether or not the idea was sound. There is no Scriptural support for this idea it was
merely a

I personally believe that there were both pegs and cords securing the coverings over the tabernacle, and
this seems likewise to have been the belief of both Brother Frey and Brother Mitchell, who offered this

The outer curtains were attached to the earth by cords and pins, showing that our disagreeable
peculiarities are of the earth and are not part of the new creature, represented by the boards,
linen coverings and etc., which are free from the earth
.” (Pilgrim Echoes, Page 10)

This is an illustration which explains the reason why in our previous illustrations we had left out
one of the five pillars at the front entrance to the tabernacle
for how else would the Ark of the
Covenant have gained entrance into the tabernacle. Let us recall that the length of the face of the Ark
was 2 ½ cubits, but the expanse between each of the entrance pillars was only 1 ½ cubits thereby
logically without the removal of one of the pillars it would have proved impossible for the Ark to have
entered the tabernacle.

Following shortly after the sons of Kohath had brought the Ark into the tabernacle; the sons of Merari
would then come forth and set the remaining pillar in its place. Then when both parties had cleared the
area, most likely exiting completely from the courtyard enclosure, Aaron and his sons would come forth
to uncover the Ark and erect the Second Vail, once this was accomplished the sons of Kohath would
return bearing upon their shoulders the remaining pieces of furniture which they would then place in
their respective positions within the “
Holy” of the tabernacle. After exiting the courtyard again Aaron and
his sons would once again come forth and uncover the “
holy things” (remove the various coverings
from the furnishings), arranging the Table of Showbread, light the lamps of the Golden Lamp Stand and
finally “
put up the screen (the First Vail) for the door of the Tabernacle.” (Compare Exod 40:1-5
with Num 4:4-20

Thus concludes our look at this particular aspect of the Tabernacle, for a more thorough and precise  
understanding of the Tabernacle please review
“The Consecration of the Priesthood”, “The Great Day
of Atonement”, and “The High Priest Garments of Beauty”

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