Exodus 26* The curtains of the tabernacle. (1-6) The curtains of goats'hair. (7-14) The boards, sockets, and bars. (15-30) The vail ofthe holy of holies, and for the entrance. (31-37)1-6 God manifested his presence among the Israelites in atabernacle or tent, because of their condition in thewilderness. God suits the tokens of his favour, and the gifts ofhis grace, to his people's state and wants. The curtains of thetabernacle were to be very rich. They were to be embroideredwith cherubim, signifying that the angels of God pitch theirtents round about the church, #Ps 34:7|. 7-14 The curtains of meaner materials, being made both longerand broader, covered the others, and were defended by coveringsof skins. The whole represents the person and doctrine ofChrist, and the church of true Christians, and all heavenlythings, which outwardly are mean, but inwardly, and in the sightof God, are glorious and precious. 15-30 The sockets of silver each weighed about 115 pounds; theywere placed in rows on the ground. In every pair of thesesockets, a strong board of shittim-wood, covered with plates ofgold, was fitted by mortises and tenons. Thus walls were formedfor the two sides, and for the west end. The wall was furtherheld together by bars, which passed through rings of gold. Overthis the curtains were spread. Though movable, it was strong andfirm. The materials were very costly. In all this it was a typeof the church of God, built upon the foundation of the apostlesand prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief Corner-stone,#Eph 2:20,21|. 31-37 A vail, or curtain, separated the holy place from themost holy place. It was hung upon pillars. This vail was for apartition between the holy place and the most holy; whichforbade any to look into the holiest of all. The apostle tellswhat was the meaning of this vail, #Heb 9:8|. That theceremonial law could not make the comers thereunto perfect, norwould the observance of it bring men to heaven; the way into theholiest of all was not made manifest, while the first tabernaclewas standing. Life and immortality lay hidden till they werebrought to light by the gospel; which was signified by therending of this vail at the death of Christ, #Mt 27:51|. We havenow boldness to enter into the holiest, in all acts of worship,by the blood of Jesus; yet such as obliges us to holy reverence.Another vail was for the outer door of the tabernacle. This vailwas all the defence the tabernacle had. God takes care of hischurch on earth. A curtain shall be, if God please to make itso, as strong a defence to his house, as gates of brass and barsof iron. With this typical description of Christ and his churchbefore us, what is our judgment of these matters? Do we see anyglory in the person of Christ? any excellence in his character?any thing precious in his salvation? or any wisdom in thedoctrine of the cross? Will our religion bear examination? andare we more careful to approve our hearts to God than ourcharacters toward men?
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