Richard Agee

Exodus 26: How to cover up what is holy

Richard AgeeWhen I look at how and why the Tabernacle was made, I think, This is what it took for His Son to bring us home. This is what it took for God to teach us about His home.

Moshe (Moses) was told to make a place for God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, to dwell with His people. The Tabernacle is a dwelling place. This is not merely a tent.

Last week, we looked at the pattern of the furniture of the Tabernacle. Now we look at the construction of its structure.

Moshe was given a tremendous amount of insight on how to build it but he wasn’t the only one. We will meet some of them in later chapters. Moshe was not doing this all by himself. Moshe’ job was to supervise to make sure that these items matched what God showed him on the mountain.

There are 10 curtains, with three colors — blue, purple and scarlet — and woven in linen with a pattern of cherubim. What did they look like exactly? I don’t know and you don’t either. If I ever saw one, I’d probably be terrified and fall on my face.

We spoke about the cherubim last week. God wanted the cherubim on the veil as a symbol of angelic protection over the place. The physical represents the spiritual in a sense.

The curtains were 22 cubits long, that was very long. Assuming the cubit was 18 inches, it was a big structure. It was about 17 yards by 2 yards of fabric to make each curtain. It took about a year to make the Tabernacle.

They would have had to actively seek many of the materials to use in the Tabernacle, because it is unlikely they would have brought out this much material, acaia wood, etc., to make the Tabernacle.

The word for curtain (יְרִיעָה yeriah, Strong’s lexicon H3407) in Hebrew is feminine. Therefore, the verbs, adverbs and adjectives must be feminine. The Hebrew of the passage about linking the curtains together literally says that a “woman” united with “her sister.” The word translated into English as loops (לוּלַי lulay, Strong’s H3884b) is also feminine.

The curtains all around the Tabernacle are protecting and covering what is inside. The hedge of protection is also a feminine act.

The veil that covers the Holy of Holies is called paroketh in Hebrew (פֹּרֶכֶת Strong’s H6532). What is the verb meaning of this word? It’s root verb is the Hebrew verb perekh (פֶּרֶךְ Strong’s H6531) means to break apart; fracture with severity and cruelty. It was done to hide something until the appointed time to be revealed, which was revealed when the Messiah tore that veil in half at His death on the Cross (Matt. 27:50–53; Mark 15:37–39; Luke 23:44–47).

There are two types of time. There’s the time that starts from Adam to now, but there are also other times with in that time. There are some things that God will tell us and some things He doesn’t. Abraham was told his descendants were going into Egypt but he didn’t live to actually see it. God’s מועדים moedim (“appointed times,” i.e. the “feasts of the LORD”) are not based on our time but on the time God has set.

The physical is not the main issue but the spiritual.

The top covering of the Tabernacle was the blue skin. Why this third covering? It was already covered with linen and goat hair.

When Yeshua died on the cross, He didn’t just rip the veil but He uncovered it for all who believe in Him to enter and see God’s throne. God’s true dwelling place is not made of linen, acacia wood, blue animal skins or goat hair. God’s throne, as seen by the apostle Yokhanan (John) and recorded in Revelation, did not look like the Tabernacle. Yokhanan also saw the real ark that held the testimony (Rev. 11:19).

Why do we care about all this? As we go through this “laborious” chapter, it is telling us something over and over. This is where God lives and this is where God is taking us. There will be a day when we won’t need incense, blood or anything to see God. The curtain is gone. Yeshua entered the Holy of Holies because He represents us. Yeshua represents us against the accusations of the devil. He is the source of mercy.

Would you like to see someday what the apostle Yokhanan saw? Even the prophet Ezekiel saw just a part of what Yokhanan saw.

God did not create Adam and Eve to kill them but for them to be like Him, but then the Accuser showed up on the scene and tried to ruin everything.

Reader: Jeff. Speaker: Richard Agee. Summary: Tammy.


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