Materials For The Tabernacle

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The first part of this chapter continues with the construction of the tabernacle furnishings (vv. 1-8).  Following this is a description of the items placed in the tabernacle courtyard (vv. 9-20). 

1. The Altar for Offering Sacrifices (vv. 1-7)

The Altar of Burnt offering represents the cross, where the Lord Jesus offered Himself to the Father as a complete sacrifice. There can be no access to God apart from sacrificial death.

2. The Large Bronze Bowl (v. 8)

The Laver (bowl) was made from the bronze mirrors of the serving women. The glorification of self gave way to service for God. It speaks of the present ministry of Christ, cleansing His people by the washing of water with the Word (Eph. 5:26). The priests were required to wash their hands and feet before performing any service.

3. The Courtyard around the Sacred Tent (vv. 9-20)

The outer court around the tabernacle consisted of white hanging linen, pillars with bronze sockets and silver hooks, and an embroidered screen at the gate. The spotless linen is a picture of His spotless purity. This gate suggests Christ at the door (John 10:9), the only approach to God.


We all have different talents and abilities. God didn’t ask Moses to build the tabernacle himself but to motivate the experts to do it. I just need to seek opportunities in the areas God has gifted me.

Exodus 38:1-20 (English Standard Version)

He made the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood. Five cubits was its length, and five cubits its breadth. It was square, and three cubits was its height. He made horns for it on its four corners. Its horns were of one piece with it, and he overlaid it with bronze. And he made all the utensils of the altar, the pots, the shovels, the basins, the forks, and the fire pans. He made all its utensils of bronze. And he made for the altar a grating, a network of bronze, under its ledge, extending halfway down. He cast four rings on the four corners of the bronze grating as holders for the poles. He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. And he put the poles through the rings on the sides of the altar to carry it with them. He made it hollow, with boards. He made the basin of bronze and its stand of bronze, from the mirrors of the ministering women who ministered in the entrance of the tent of meeting. And he made the court. For the south side the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, a hundred cubits; their twenty pillars and their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. And for the north side there were hangings of a hundred cubits, their twenty pillars, their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their ten pillars, and their ten bases; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. And for the front to the east, fifty cubits. The hangings for one side of the gate were fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. And so for the other side. On both sides of the gate of the court were hangings of fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and their three bases. All the hangings around the court were of fine twined linen. And the bases for the pillars were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. The overlaying of their capitals was also of silver, and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver. And the screen for the gate of the court was embroidered with needlework in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It was twenty cubits long and five cubits high in its breadth, corresponding to the hangings of the court. And their pillars were four in number. Their four bases were of bronze, their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their capitals and their fillets of silver. And all the pegs for the tabernacle and for the court all around were of bronze.

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