Exodus 38:9-20

Then he made the court: [h]for the south side the hangings of the court were of fine twisted linen, one hundred cubits; 10 their twenty pillars, and their twenty [i]sockets, made of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their [j]bands were of silver. 11 For the north side there were one hundred cubits; their twenty pillars and their twenty [k]sockets were of bronze, the hooks of the pillars and their [l]bands were of silver. 12 For the west side there were hangings of fifty cubits with their ten pillars and their ten [m]sockets; the hooks of the pillars and their [n]bandswere of silver. 13 For the [o]east side fifty cubits. 14 The hangings for the one [p]side of the gate were fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and their three [q]sockets, 15 and so for the[r]other [s]side. [t]On both sides of the gate of the court were hangings of fifteen cubits, withtheir three pillars and their three [u]sockets. 16 All the hangings of the court all around were of fine twisted linen. 17 The [v]sockets for the pillars were of [w]bronze, the hooks of the pillars and their [x]bands, of silver; and the overlaying of their tops, of silver, and all the pillars of the court were furnished with silver [y]bands. 18 The screen of the gate of the court was the work of the [z]weaver, of [aa]blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen. And the length was twenty cubits and the [ab]height was five cubits, corresponding to the hangings of the court. 19 Their four pillars and their four [ac]sockets were of bronze; their hooks were of silver, and the overlaying of their tops and their [ad]bands were of silver. 20 All the pegs of the [ae]tabernacle and of the court all around were of bronze.

As the writer describes the construction, I am reminded of the purpose of Christ being born as a baby and coming to earth. When the tabernacle was constructed, there were layers before one was allowed to approach God. The common Jew was only permitted within the courtyard just described, and area equal to approximately one and a half lots in my subdivision. I don’t believe this area existed with the tabernacle, but one of the temples later would have an area called the Court of the Gentiles, so the average person like me would have only been allowed in there, nowhere near the Holy of Holies. Only the Priests and Levites were allowed into the tabernacle itself, and only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year to atone for the sins of the nation.

Christ came to remove the layers of separation. He came to restore relationship between the Creator and the Creation. He came because God loved us and wanted us back. The layers in the tabernacle and courtyard were a daily reminder of the sin that separated mankind from God. With the death of our Savior, the final veil was torn, granting access once more to the God of the Universe, the Almighty I AM…YHWH.

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