The goat-hair tent was the next covering over the Tabernacle. It was protection for the Cherubim Curtains. (These were covered in the previous text which is in the Archives Folder.)
Exodus 26:7 – And thou shalt make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make.
Exodus 35:25 – Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun – blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen.
Exodus 36:8 – All the skilled men among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman.
According to the two previous verses, the women spun the thread and the men were the weavers of the material.
There were eleven curtains made of goat-hair, which was the usual material for tents in the East at this time. Many of the goats in this part of the world have black hair, but there are some species that have fine white silky hair, like that of the Angora goat. It is widely believed that this curtain was made from the hair of the Angora goat.
Each of the curtains was the same size as the Cherubim Curtains, except these were 18 inches longer on each side so that they would completely touch the ground. The Cherubim Curtains were not to get dirty, so they were intentionally shorter than the goat-hair curtains. This made the total curtain length be 45 feet long and 6 feet wide. If the curtain was indeed made of Angora hair, it would have made a beautiful and rich backdrop for the Cherubim Curtain that hung shorter on the inside of the Tabernacle.
The eleventh curtain was doubled up in the forefront of the tabernacle, appearing as a beautiful triangular ornamental forefront. The remaining curtains hung completely over the Tabernacle and completely covered the Cherubim ones. If they had a tendency to be too heavy or shift, they could be counterbalanced by the pins and cords mentioned in connection with the structure in Exodus 35:18.
THE TWO-FOLD SKIN ROOF
There were two sets of curtains within the house. Without there were two sets of skin coverings, forming the roof only, and not hanging down the walls as many pictures are shown.
The rams’ skins were tanned and dyed red and probably resembled the leather that was sold in Syrian towns at the time. The Israelites would find no difficulty in supplying the skins since they were rich in flocks and herds.
The badgers’ skins were used for the outermost covering and covered the red rams’ skins. No one is certain exactly what the badger looked like. It’s not presumed to be the same one that we know today, but it must have had a really tough hide. It was likely a sky blue or some other lovely color, not the ugly color that we would think of on badgers today.
The following picture is just an example of what each of the layers may have looked like, just so you can picture it somewhat in your mind.
The above picture shows each of the layers from the inside to outside. Even though it may not have looked exactly this way, it was a very beautiful and expensive wonder where God Himself chose to abide. This picture was taken from mishkanministries.org/images/thecoverings1.jpg and is used by permission.