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Exodus 26:36-37 Door & Veil

Posted by on August 6, 2009

The hanging for the Door of the tabernacle was placed upon gold hooks which were on the five pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold. These five pillars at the Door of the tabernacle had Capitols (crowns) and Fillets (connecting rods). In contrast to all the boards of the tabernacle and the pillars that upheld the Veil, these five Pillars for the Door stood in Sockets of Bronze (brass). These Pillars served to support the “hanging” and also to display its beautiful colors. No mention is made to how far apart these Pillars were set apart from one another, for scripture is silent on this.

The Door into God’s dwelling-place was no narrow one, but stretched right across the whole of its length, and was 10 cubits (15ft.) in height. The “hanging of the door” shut off the court of the tabernacle from the Holy place, yet formed the entrance to it. It was that which gave the priests access to accomplish their service within. This Veil, or hanging, led to the Holy place, the place of worship where the golden lampstand, table of showbread, and the altar of incense were located. The door of the tabernacle was made of the same material and colors of that of the Veil and the cherubim curtain.

But this hanging unlike the other two, didn’t have any cherubim figures on it. There is one added word here in connection with the fine twined linen which claims our notice: it was “wrought with needle work.” This was not said in connection with the curtains or the veil, and is only mentioned elsewhere in the description of the gate in the outer court (Exodus 27:16) and the girdle of the high priest (Exodus 28:39). The Hebrew word here for “needlework” is, in Exodus 35:35, rendered “the work of the embroidered,” in 1 Chronicles 29:2  and Ezekiel 17:3 ‘various colors,” and in Psalm 139:15 “skillfully wrought.” Combining these slightly varied meanings, term would denote minutely variegrated. Thus, it appears, that the Holy Spirit here intimates that attention should be fixed upon the manner in which the different colors were wrought into and interwoven with the fine linen.

The Door, therefore, speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The materials themselves bear out this truth. In Christ there was a perfect balance of these four colors. He was the Righteous Man (fine linen, 1 Corinthians 1:30), the Heavenly Man (1 Corinthians 15:47), the Royal Man (Luke 1:30-33), and the Sacrificed Man (Matthew 26:28). The four gospels present Him typically in these four colors.

The five Pillars were of acacia wood overlaid with gold. Again, we have the two elements of wood (perfect Humanity) and gold (absolute Deity). These two are brought together in Christ, the Word (Deity) made Flesh (humanity). Upholding this Door there were five Pillars. Five is the number of Grace and is the most prominent number in the tabernacle.

For “the Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ.”(Jn.1:17).

These five Pillars can be viewed in several ways.

  • The five books of the Law given to Moses or the Penteteuch.
  • The five fold Name of Christ in Isaiah: “His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, The Everlasting father, The Prince” (Isa.9:6).
  • The N.T. Church is given the five fold ministries of Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist, and Teacher (Ephesians 4:9-16).
  • Five is also the number of the N.T. writers of the Epistles-Peter, James, John, Jude and Paul. These were indeed Pillars in the early Church (Galatians 2:9).

The five Pillars for the Door stood in sockets of bronze (brass). Brass is a symbol of judgment against sin and disobedience. God threatened Israel in their disobedience that He would make the Heavens as Brass over them (Deuteronomy 28:23).So we see the coming together of the sockets of Brass and the Pillars overlaid with gold. All of this speaks to us of Jesus who was judged for our sins. We are told that His feet were as Pillars of brass (Revelation 1:15Revelation 10:1, Daniel 10:6).

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