In the last text we discussed how the silver foundation was built and lain out. This text discovers the golden walls of the Tabernacle.
There were 48 gold-covered boards that made up the side walls of the Tabernacle. Twenty stood on the south side, twenty on the north, and six with two corner ones on the west. Each board measured 10 cubits high and 1 1/2 cubits broad. In U. S. standard measure a cubit is 18 inches long, so the measurements would be 15 feet high by 27 inches wide for each of the boards.
Exodus 26:26-29 – And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward. And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end. And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold.
Each of these boards would fit into two of the sockets that we described and pictured in 2 – The Foundation Of The Tabernacle. See the example below as to how it may have looked as each board was put together.
At the bottom of each board were the two tenons which fit into the silver sockets that had been made for the base. They fit perfectly and tightly into each which made for a stable foundation that the Tabernacle was built on.
Four pillars that looked much as we would picture them and have them as part of our houses today, stood in the silver sockets that went into the Holy of Holies as the partition to separate it from the rest of the Tabernacle. Five similar pillars stood at the entrance to the Tabernacle itself. The sockets for these pillars were made of brass since they were situated immediately outside of the threshold of the house, and were considered as being a part of the court and not the sanctuary. The court sockets were made of brass as were these. These five gold covered pillars stood like guardian angels guarding the entrance to the entrance to the sanctuary.
All the many and diverse parts of this sacred building were made at the foot of Mount Sinai without a single nail or beating of the hammer. All the pieces were custom made and fitted together with precision so the Tabernacle could easily be constructed and taken apart again with the very least of effort. When the whole thing was finished, it was the most costly and magnificent portable temple ever made with human hands. As a work of art it was complete, lacking in nothing, because God was its author and He enabled man with the capabilities to do the work that was needed. Below is a picture of the completed walls as they might have looked before the curtains were put on.
£3000 worth of gold was used in covering one board. After each of the boards was covered, the entire gold offering weighed 29 talents and 730 shekels, or an amount equal to 43,865 ounces. With our gold at an approximate figure of $350 an ounce, this puts just the walls at a value of $15,352,750.00. It must have been a beautiful sight to behold with all the gold all the way around it. Today this 15×45 structure would be almost priceless in value.
Only men were allowed to bring silver to donate, with a half a shekel each being the limit; but the men and women alike could bring other material, donating as much as they would like. Gold was brought in the form of bracelets, earrings, seal-rings, and tablets (necklaces). Those not able to bring gold brought brass, wood, flax, linen, goat-hair, skins, and other needed items.
Every jewel that was brought bore what was a pleasing sacrifice to God, a willing heart. God wanted them to give willingly to build His Tabernacle to dwell in on the earth, and they did it gladly. He was pleased with them. In fact, they gave with such a willing heart that they had to be told not to bring anything else because there was already enough things donated to get the job finished.
If professing Christians were to give as liberally as the Hebrews gave for the work of the Tabernacle, we would have plenty to do every work that God commands us to do and not run short of money. God blesses those who give willingly to Him.
God gave them instructions on how to build a sure and strong foundation and sturdy walls so that the Tabernacle would be well protected. We need to build our lives on that strong foundation of Jesus Christ and live according to His Word so that we can have His richest blessings upon our lives.