So far we have gone through the process of how the Tabernacle itself was built. Now we will see step by step how the court around it was erected. It was a double square, being 150 feet long by 75 feet wide. The boundary wall consisted of fine twined linen hangings, suspended from sixty pillars, spaced at the distance of about 7 1/2 feet from each other. There were 20 pillars standing on the south, 20 on the north, 10 on the west, and 10 on the east. It was the pillars that faced east from whose four central pillars hung the bright attractive gate hanging, with all the beautiful colors and embroidery work.
It is not known exactly of what material the pillars were made of. From careful calculations, it is known that they could not have been made of brass, for they would have swallowed up the entire brass offering of 70 talents and 2400 shekels. None would have been left for the other uses to which it was to be put. On the other hand, if none of the brass was used for the pillars, the quantity of brass would have been way too much for its other uses. Therefore, it is thought that maybe the pillars were constructed of wood and overlaid with brass, which would be in keeping with other things that were made of wood and overlaid with another substance of greater value.
The sockets were the basis of the pillars and were made of brass. Their capitals were overlaid with silver, and also their fillets or rods extending from pillar to pillar all the way around. There were probably small apertures, or holes, near the top of the pillars or through the capitals for the rods passing. Near the top of every pillar were two silver hooks, one on each side, to which the ends of two cords were attached. The other end of the cords were attached to pegs which were fixed in the ground, and it was by this means that the pillars were steadied and made to stand erect.
The graceful pillars seemed to be like sentinels guarding the enclosure to the Tabernacle itself. The entrance must have been a beautiful sight with all the magnificent hand-woven and stitched fine material that formed the door to the entrance of the Holy Place itself.
The silver capitals of the pillars, the silver connecting rods, and the silver hooks all hooked together to form a beautiful silver railing from which was suspended the wall of white linen hangings. It must have been beautiful to see with the sun shining upon it making it shine.
They had exactly enough silver to cover each of the boards and all the frame work. The entire amount of silver was devoted to the purpose of upholding the Tabernacle and also upholding the court around the Tabernacle.
PURPOSES SERVED BY THE COURT
This court was the scene of worship and where the various sacrificial offerings were received. The sacrificial victims were slain and their blood was poured out, then parts or all of their carcasses were consumed by fire. There is only one court spoken of in Exodus, but it is thought that the space between the Levitical tents and the Tabernacle Courtyard may have been regarded as a kind of outer court, where there would be more room for the people to assemble. The space between the linen walls would not have been able to accommodate many worshipers at one time. There must have been some arrangement for overcrowding, and if the space right outside the Tabernacle was thought of as another court, a very large assembly could have met there without being so overcrowded. The court was known as a place that people could meet together for various different things, including fellowship.
The court around the Tabernacle became extremely popular and many different kinds of business and much fellowship began to be carried on there. It seemed to be the center of everything going on in the whole camp. There is no way that the whole of Israel could have gotten into the court at one time, even though it wasn’t small. There were just too many of them.
The pictures below are in the following order: one individual pillar of 60 that held the walls of the court together, the pins and cords (shown on the table at left side of the picture), and a model picture of how it would look all put together. Permission has been granted for use of the pictures below.