Preparation to Move
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Numbers, chapter 4. We have been studying the tabernacle–the building proper, the furniture, the courtyard, etc.–in relation to the typical significance. Before we leave our study of the tabernacle and the furniture and go on to the worship in the tabernacle, we will go to the book of Numbers to notice something that I believe is closely related to the furniture of the tabernacle. The book of Numbers is so called because there are recorded in it two numberings, two census takings, of the children of Israel–one before they began their wilderness wanderings and another forty years later, before they actually entered into the promised land.

You are probably wondering why God would order these two numberings when He dealt so severely with David for numbering the children of Israel, as is recorded in the first book of Kings. We need to keep in mind that there was nothing wrong with the numbering itself; it was the purpose for which the numbering was done. In the book of Numbers, the numbering was done at the command of God for the purpose of knowing the service that He was going to assign to the children o Israel. The numbering that was done by David was done purely and simply that he might have something to brag about.

Levites Chosen for Service

If we were to read the first three chapters of the book of Numbers, we would discover that God told Moses to number all the children of Israel according to their tribes with the exception of the tribe of Levi. He said they were to be numbered according to their pedigree–that is, according to their ancestors–and they were numbered according to their standard. The exception was the tribe of Levi because God said the tribe of Levi was to be a substitute for all the firstborn of the children of Israel. God had instituted a law that the firstborn of every creature, man and animal alike, automatically belonged to God; but when it came to service in the tabernacle, the Levites were to fulfill the obligation. Yet they were not a class by themselves because, just as the individual Israelite laid his hand on the head of an animal sacrifice and thus that animal became the sin bearer for the Israelites, when the Levites were chosen for that service, the Israelites laid hands upon them and as a result, in so doing, the Levites became the representatives for the entire nation of Israel.

I do not want you to consider the Levites a special class of people who performed all the service of the Lord, so that the rest of the Israelites had nothing to do with the service of the Lord. I would rather you would think of the tribe of Levi as Israel at worship, for that is exactly what it was intended we should think.

Preparation for Moving

You may say, “What has all this to do with the tabernacle?” Well, the tribe of Levi had the responsibility for preparing the tabernacle for any journeys which it was to make. You will keep in mind that “tabernacle” means “tent”, and the way this tabernacle was built, as we have seen in our study, indicates it was never meant to dwell permanently in any one place. It was meant to move from place to place, and it did just that. But the ordinary Israelite could not have anything to do with the moving of the tabernacle under the penalty of death. The Levites were set aside and consecrated for this holy purpose.

If you were to read chapter 4 in its entirety, along with the first three chapters, you would discover that Levi had three sons. One of them was named “Gershon”, another was named “Merari”, and another was named “Kohath”. To these three sons and their children were assigned the responsibilities related to the tabernacle. The Gershonites packed up the curtains, the boards, and the big things about the tabernacle and put them upon wagons and prepared for moving. The Merarithites took care of the cords and the pins that were put into the ground to hold the walls of the tabernacle upright. Their responsibilities seemed light in comparison with the other responsibilities. The Kohathites had the responsibility, as the Scriptures tell us, for moving the sanctuary. When we speak of the sanctuary, we are speaking of the furniture of the tabernacle. So Kohath and his sons had the responsibility of moving the furniture. How it was to be done is described in chapter 4:

Numbers 4

1And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
2Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers,
3From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
4This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things:
5And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:
6And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.
7And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon:
8And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put in the staves thereof.
9And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:
10And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put it upon a bar.
11And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof:
12And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:
13And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:
14And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers' skins, and put to the staves of it.
15And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

Those verses give us some information that we need to consider in connection with the preparation of the furniture of the tabernacle for the journey. The first thing we need to consider is the information that is given in verse 15. This should answer the questions that have been framed in different ways during the course of this study as to how the furniture of the tabernacle could be moved if restrictions were placed upon it, such as the fact that ordinary people could not enter into the holy place and the Most Holy Place. According to verse 15, Aaron and his sons, who were sanctified for this purpose and who, by special provision, could enter into the Most Holy Place without fear of death, covered all the articles of furniture in preparation for the moving; then Kohath and his sons did the actual moving of the furniture of the tabernacle.

Significance of the Coverings

We want to consider in a general way the coverings of the furniture of the tabernacle. We notice a similarity in those coverings and yet a difference. I want to emphasize what I have mentioned a time or two in the course of our study, and that is that I am not suggesting that the Israelites themselves realized the significance of these various things. For example, when they noticed the badgers' skin covering, they may have thought of it as nothing more than a covering for protection. When they noticed the various coverings of blue, of purple, and of scarlet, they may not have thought of them as any more than things of beauty.

But the typical significance that we attempt to draw to your attention as we study the tabernacle must not be passed over. We are told in the New Testament that all of these things are meant as types, as illustrations, as lessons for us. Unless the Holy Spirit is careful to explain in detail the difference in the coverings on these pieces of furniture, it seems to me that we would be remiss in our study of the Word of God unless we attempt to learn some spiritual lessons from them.

Let us notice the coverings of the furniture of the tabernacle in a general way. All the pieces of furniture except two–notice what I am saying–were covered with an outer covering of badgers' skin. Let us glance at the text so you will see where these things are in case you need to use them some time for yourself:

Numbers 4

8And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put in the staves thereof.

This is a reference to the table of shewbread. Verse 10 is a reference to the candlestick:

Numbers 4

10And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put it upon a bar.

Here is an interesting bit of information. For the first time we are hold how the candlestick was transported. We were told in the beginning how the Ark of the Covenant was transported; we were told that there were rings in each corner and staves were placed in those rings, and the Ark of the Covenant was transported in this manner. The candlestick, which was really more like a floor lamp than it was a candlestick, was a big, heavy piece of furniture. Here we are told that a bar was put through the branches of the candlestick, and the candlestick was transported in this fashion. Then notice in verse 11:

Numbers 4

11And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof:

Then in verse 14:

Numbers 4

14And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar [the brazen altar] ; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers' skins, and put to the staves of it.

So every piece of furniture, with the exception of two, was covered with badgers' skins as the tabernacle proceeded on its journey. We will not take the time to examine Scriptures in relation to these various coverings because we have already studied them in connection with the coverings of the tabernacle itself. But the typical significance of the badgers' skins in relation to the journey of the furniture is found in several New Testament passages of Scripture.

Spiritual Blessings Related to Fellowship

Turn with me first to the book of Ephesians, please. As the nation of Israel was going through the wilderness on the way to Canaan, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is described in the book of Ephesians as not being related to the earth, but rather as being related to the heavens and in the midst of this world of wilderness. Will you notice chapter 1, verse 3:

Ephesians 1

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

The spiritual blessings are enumerated but time will not permit us to look at them. We merely mention that Ephesians, chapter 1, verse 3, tells us that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing that we need. Notice verse 15 of this same chapter:

Ephesians 1

15Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

In the first part of the chapter, all the spiritual blessings are enumerated; in the last part of the chapter, Paul said, “I wish you understood them; I wish you appreciated them. I wish you could enjoy them. Even though they are yours, they are hidden from your sight.” All the pieces of furniture of the tabernacle except two, covered with badgers' skins, illustrate this New Testament truth. Just as the Israelites, while they were journeying through the wilderness, had no idea of the beauty of the coverings beneath the badgers' skins though they were there and were protected by them, so you and I, as we journey through the wilderness of this life, have no real appreciation of the beauty of the blessings that are ours (now listen carefully to what I am saying) unless we have the close relationship that is illustrated by the ministry of the Kohathites in the moving of the tabernacle.

All of Israel saw only the badgers' skins. The Kohathites knew what was beneath them. You and I, if we are willing to go deep enough with God, can appreciate these deep spiritual blessings. Only we can do so.

Turn, please, to I Corinthians, chapter 3. Keep in mind that as the Israelites were traveling with their furniture all covered with badgers' skins, the populace of the land through which they went viewed the procession, and the only things they saw were the dark, dirty-looking badgers' skins. They would be inclined to say, “What do they see in those dirty old badgers' skins?”, just as people who have no spiritual insight say today, “What do you see in 'religious' things? What joy do you get in going on to know the Lord?”

Beauty Revealed to Yielded Believers

Notice I Corinthians, chapter 2, a familiar passage of Scripture. The apostle said:

I Corinthians 2

1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom [notice the phrase because that is the key to what he is talking about] , but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

What he is saying up to this point is, “I have not come to you with words of wisdom.” But now he says, “Don't jump to conclusions; don't think that I have not been speaking wisdom; don't think that I have not been saying wise things. I have, but a different kind of wisdom.” In verse 6, he says:

I Corinthians 2

6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world [nor of the rulers of this world] , that come to nought:
7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,…

“I am talking to you about wisdom,” Paul said, “but not the wisdom of the rulers of this world. I am talking to you about the wisdom that is a mystery to the world, to unsaved people, to those not born again.”

I Corinthians 2

7…even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

All the beauty of the coverings of the furniture of the tabernacle was hidden by the ugly badgers' skins, and the populace through which the Israelites traveled wondered why these articles of furniture were so very precious. They did not look pretty; they did not look attractive. How could there be any interest in them? Well, the reason they felt that was that they did not know.

I Corinthians 2

8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Every piece of furniture in the tabernacle is typical of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the rulers of this world had been wise enough to know who the Lord Jesus Christ was, they never would have crucified Him. They never would have nailed Him to the Cross. But all His splendor, all His glory, was hidden behind an unlovely exterior when He was crucified. Look at verse 9:

I Corinthians 2

9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

So often we relate verse 9 to Heaven, and we should not. It is related to the earth. We talk about all the things that God is preparing for them that love Him, and then we go on and say, “Some day we will see it when we get to Heaven.” No, we do not need to wait until we get to Heaven. Verse 10 tells us that the Holy Spirit will reveal those things to us who yield ourselves to Him. Just as most of the people had no idea of the beauty beneath the badgers' skins which was revealed only to the Kohathites, so people have no idea of the beauty of the riches of the Word of God. But they are, and they can be revealed to those who are willing to yield to the Holy Spirit.

Covering of the Ark

We said that all the pieces of furniture, with the exception of two, were covered outwardly with badgers' skins. We would like to notice the two that were not covered. Go back to the book of Numbers and notice verse 5:

Numbers 4

5And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:
6And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins [now notice] , and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.

Get the picture: Here were the pieces of furniture in the procession as the Israelites traveled. First, the Ark of the Covenant had a beautiful blue covering on it; then each successive piece of furniture had ugly badgers' skin covering it. Which piece of furniture do you think would stand out above all the others? The Ark of the Covenant, of course, because it was covered with its blue covering.

We have already noticed that blue is related to Heaven; it makes men think of Heaven. The Ark of the Covenant was covered not with badgers' skins, but with that which made men think of Heaven. As did no other piece of furniture, it represented the Lord Jesus Christ. Think with me. You have to be deeply spiritual, you have to be a good student of the Word of God, you have to be surrendered to the Holy Spirit, to learn some of the deep things of the Word; but you do not have to be deeply spiritual to understand the Lord Jesus Christ. All you need in order to be deeply spiritual is a willing heart. I believe that is why in the procession He was not hidden by the badgers' skin covering. He was covered with a cloth of blue so that every eye would be focused on Him. The people through whose countries the Israelites passed would say as they followed the procession, “That first thing there, whatever it is, is attractive; I would like to know more about it; but the rest of the stuff does not look attractive at all.”

Simple Presentation of Jesus

You see, the Lord Jesus Christ is so presented to all men that individuals who may not be able to go deeply into the things of God can still follow on to know the Lord. That is a wonderful thing, is it not? It is wonderful to know that the way is so simple that a wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err therein (Isaiah 35:8).

I want to give you an illustration that will emphasize this. I remember one time hearing Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. tell the story of how people were arguing about whether individuals in the Roman Catholic Church could be saved. They were discussing it quite in detail, all the problems related to an individual in the Roman Catholic Church actually coming to a knowledge of the truth. If you are aware of all the form, the ritual, etc., you know there is a problem. Dr. Bob Jones said this and I have never forgotten it: “What does it take for man to get saved? It takes Jesus; that is what it takes. Purely and simply, it takes Jesus. Now,” he said, “a Roman Catholic may have a more difficult time than someone in an evangelical church, because he has to crawl over the Virgin Mary, and he has to crawl over the Pope, and he has to crawl over the seven unctions, and he has to crawl over extreme unctions; but if he crawls over all that and finally gets to Jesus, he is saved.” All that other is just extra paraphernalia of no real value.

The reason I am giving you this illustration is that all the other pieces of furniture, as interesting as they are from the typical significance, were covered with badgers' skins which hid them from the ordinary human eye, but the Ark, the Mercy Seat–the place where God said He would meet man–was covered with a beautiful covering of blue that would turn men's eyes toward God.

Cleansing Always Available

There was one other piece of furniture which was not covered, and the reason we say it was not covered is that it was not even mentioned in the list of furniture. It is not mentioned in any way in connection with covering. That piece of furniture was the laver.

The laver stood in the courtyard just back of the brazen altar. The laver was a washbasin where the priests cleansed themselves. As we studied the laver, we reminded you that it represented the cleansing power of the Word of God in our lives. It is not mentioned, I repeat, so we cannot be dogmatic about this suggestion, but I offer it to you for whatever it is worth. Perhaps the reason it is not mentioned as being covered as were the other pieces of furniture is that there was never a time that these Israelites in their journey did not need the cleansing influence of the Word of God.

The table of shewbread, for example, represented communion with the Lord, represented spiritual food–heavenly bread. They could wait until they got to the end of their journey for that. The golden altar represented intercession. They could wait until the tabernacle was set up for intercession. But if they needed anything continually during their journey, it was the laver because of their constant contact with that which defiled.

We might remind you that, as important as all these other pieces of furniture are in their spiritual significance, the thing that is an absolute necessity as we walk through this world is cleansing from defilement. Some folk make the mistake of waiting until they get to church on Sunday for cleansing. If God had intended for you to do that, He would have covered the laver and waited until the tabernacle was set up before it was made useful again. Some folk wait until the annual spring and fall revivals to do that. Have you noticed how many rededications there are in spring revivals and fall revivals? Did you ever notice how many people get right with God at every spring and fall revival? Oh, I speak not lightly; I had rather they would get right then than not at all, but they should not wait until then. Why should we pile up defilement and wait until a certain, stated time for cleansing? The laver was never covered; it was always available.

Deity Veiled With Flesh

Let us look at the coverings of the furniture in detail. We have looked at the pieces of furniture in a general way and noticed that all of them, with the exception of two, were covered with badgers' skins outwardly. But as we read the text, we found that there were individual coverings for individual pieces of furniture. Notice verse 5:

Numbers 4

5And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:
6And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue,…

Get the picture: The Ark of the Covenant, which was in the second room of the tabernacle and upon which was the Mercy Seat, is the piece of furniture this is talking about. Aaron and his sons came and took down the veil which separated the Most Holy Place from the holy place; they took that veil and covered the Ark. Then they were ready to put on the additional coverings. On top of the veil were put the badgers' skins, and upon the top of the badgers' skins was the covering of blue. We are interested at the moment in the covering of the veil. Why do you suppose they used the veil to cover the Ark? You remember that when we were studying it, we learned that the veil is typical of the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way that deity could dwell in the midst of men without causing men to die was for that deity to be veiled with flesh.

One day Moses said he wanted to see God. God said, “You cannot see Me. No man has ever seen Me and lived. The glory of God is so tremendous it would strike you down. But I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and I will put My hand over the cleft while I walk by, and after I walk by I will take My hand away and you can see the shadow. But you cannot see Me or you will die!” The Lord Jesus Christ was made incarnate–God in the flesh–and the only reason the Lord Jesus Christ (God) could walk in the midst of men and men not drop over dead was that His deity, His glory, was veiled by His flesh.

Do you remember when they came to take the Lord Jesus Christ a prisoner and crucify Him? He was in the garden with the disciples, and the soldiers of the high priest and the servants of the high priest came to take Him? Judas kissed the Lord Jesus Christ and He said, “Whom are you looking for?” They told Him whom they were looking for and He said, “I am He.” We are not told what happened, but the next thing we read is that they were flat on their faces on the ground as though they had been stricken dead. The next thing we read is, “Well, here I am; take Me.” If you read the story carefully, you cannot help but be impressed with the fact that for one brief moment He let deity shine through, and the very glory of deity struck these men down. But then He withdrew that deity, that glory, from human eyes so that He might go on and die as He had come to do. That is why the veil covered the Ark. They could not have moved one step if the veil had not covered the Ark.

Three Coverings of Shewbread

Let us notice verses 7 and 8 as we look at the table of shewbread.

Numbers 4

7And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon:
8And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins,…

Get the picture: The table of shewbread was covered first with a cloth of blue, the instruments were put upon it, and they were covered with a cloth of scarlet. Then the whole thing was covered with badgers' skins. You see each piece of furniture treated slightly different.

Why was the table of shewbread covered in this fashion? Blue, you will remember, represents Heaven, and the table of shewbread represented that characteristic of the Lord Jesus Christ which He emphasized in chapter 6 of the Gospel of John when fourteen times in one chapter He said, “I am the bread from Heaven.” But the bread from Heaven came down to earth, because the bread in Heaven would do man no good on earth; so He said, “I am the bread come down from Heaven.” That is why it was covered with scarlet.

We have learned that the word “scarlet” comes from a Hebrew word which means “worm”; it speaks of something that is low and ordinary. When you have time, read Psalm 22, which is the crucifixion Psalm and notice verse 6, which says, “I am a worm, and no man…” That is the Lord Jesus Christ speaking. That word for “worm” is the word that is translated “scarlet” here. It speaks of the God-man being made earth-man; it speaks of Heaven's bread becoming the bread of the earth.

Two Coverings of the Candlestick and the Golden Altar

Notice verses 9 and 10:

Numbers 4

9And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:
10And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put it upon a bar.

The candlestick only had two coverings: a covering of blue, representing Heaven, and a covering of badgers' skins, which indicates that the light of the glory of God, the light of the Word of God, the light of Heaven, is hidden from ordinary human eyes. Notice verse 11:

Numbers 4

11And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof:
12And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:

The golden altar was covered with a cloth of blue, as was the golden candlestick, plus the badgers' skins on the outside.

Suffering and Glory Related

Now notice verses 13 and 14:

Numbers 4

13And they shall take away the ashes from the altar [this is the brazen altar out in the courtyard] , and spread [notice carefully] a purple cloth thereon:
14And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers' skins, and put to the staves of it.

Here we find the brazen altar, covered first with a purple cloth and then with badgers' skins. What did we learn about the color purple? Purple is the color of glory, the color of royalty. The brazen altar was the place where the sufferings of Christ were emphasized more than any other piece of furniture in the tabernacle. If you are familiar with your Bibles, you know that every time the suffering of Christ is mentioned, His glory is mentioned along with it.

Let me give you an illustration or two. Turn, please, to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 24. Here is the story of the Resurrection appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ to the two who were on the way to Emmaus. They did not know that He was the Savior when He engaged them in conversation. Notice verse 25:

Luke 24

25Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

Notice that the sufferings of Christ and His glory are related, the one to the other. Then turn to I Peter, chapter 1, and notice another illustration. These are not the only references where this is emphasized, but they serve to illustrate what we are talking about.

I Peter 1

10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

See the two together–the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. I believe the reason the brazen altar was covered with purple cloth instead of a blue cloth was that the sufferings of Christ and the glory of Christ are inseparably related.

Conclusion

We have come to the end of our study of the furniture of the tabernacle and the coverings of the furniture for the purpose of moving it. If we build a church in our day and time, we have an opening service. We sometimes have a dedication service. Now that we have “built the tabernacle”, we will have to have a service in it before we are through with our study. That in itself will be of real interest and blessing.


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