“The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 5
The silver chapiter (Exod 38:17) was like a ferrule placed upon the end of each and every post in order
to keep the exposed wood from swelling. Is this not also the function of the truth? Is it not to keep our
heads from “swelling” and to the contrary to inspire us with that meekness and humility which God is so
pleased to honor with his truth?
NOTE: not shown in this illustration are the silver fillets or rods which ran from one post to the next
supporting the (400 foot long curtain) curtain (these resembled curtain rods; See the illustration above).
The reason why they are not shown in this particular illustration was because at the time I rendered this
illustration I did not properly understand what the significance of the “bands” or “fillets” referred to. The
problem was a result of a very poor translation of the Hebrew word chashug.
"Strong’s #2838 chashuq; or chashuwq; past participle of 2836; attached, i.e. a fence-rail or rod
connecting the posts or pillars:—fillet."
The German Bible translates it well with the word "bindestaebe —from binder" i.e. “to bind," and staebe
(stable), "a rod." In other words, a binding rod to connect two posts together.
For more insight on this I would refer you to a very interesting article entitled “The Fillets of the
Tabernacle” written by Brother Carl Hagensick.
Neither the structure nor design of the copper sockets (Exod 38:17) are specifically mentioned in the
Scriptures, thus we can only surmise as to whether or not they were round or square or what have you,
nevertheless it would seem reasonable to assume that however they were designed that if they were half
buried in the sand and with the additional use of pegs for greater stability they could very well provide a
firm foundation in support of the post.
Likewise it seems logical to assume that some sort of ring was sewn into the linen curtain just as is used
in modern day tent canvas in order to prevent the curtain from tearing in the wind when attached to the
“fillets” (curtain rods) and to the “hooks”.
The white lien curtain stood 5 cubits or 7 ½ ft. high all the way around the courtyard, and thus
represented a wall of faith to those within and a wall of unbelief hindering the view of those
without. The cords (ropes) of the court, which tied the post to the ground, represent the things which
tie the tentatively justified believer to the earth; there were two sets of cords and pins one set inside the
court, and the other on the outside.
The inside set represents those things of the earth, which are lawful and right enough in themselves, such
as; joys, studies, music, art, hobbies and etc., but which nevertheless tend to bind the believer to the
world, these are the “weights” spoken of in Heb 12:1
The outside set, outside of the justified state or condition represents the sins in the flesh, which likewise
tends to tie the believer to the world.
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