Exodus 36: 8-19
Curtains or coverings
are to “protect” whatever is inside, namely the Tabernacle,
from all the outward (external) influence.
The Lord also protects
His church, which is called His Body (Ephesians 5:23).
4 curtains (coverings) of the Tabernacle:
- The curtains of the Tabernacle
– Exodus 26:1-6
- The curtains of goats’ hair
– Exodus 26:7-13
- The covering of ram’s skins
dyed red – Exodus 26:14
- The covering of badgers’
skins – Exodus 26:14b
The curtains of the Tabernacle (the first covering).
The word curtain or covering has the same meaning as clothes,
which are used as a covering for body, but it also refers to
the daily conduct. The curtain has the same color as the Gate,
the Door of the Tabernacle and the veil (Veil + Ephod), which
speak of: faith and deeds of faith. The congregation as the
living Body of Christ should live by faith and the deeds of
faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin (Romans
curtains of goats’ hair (the second covering).
Hair signifies holiness, so the spiritual significant of the
curtains of goats’ hair is: holiness and the holy deeds.
The congregation is the Body of Christ that should be holy in
all her deeds.
covering of ram’s skins dyed red. This third
covering has no measurement. It different from the first and
second coverings. Red is the color of blood. Ram is an animal
used as a burnt offering and a wave and heave offering in the
consecration of priests. So the spiritual significance of the
ram’s skins dyed red is: God’s love in His surrender
and consecration. God’s love is without limit and without
covering of badgers’ skins. This fourth covering
is also without certain measurements. The badgers’ skin
is the skin of seal. Its skin is very tough and weather –and-air
resistant. This covering is not beautiful as the other coverings.
It is the upper covering so it is exposed to storms, rain, strong
wind (squall) and other weather conditions. The badgers’
skin speaks of judgment.
For example: Noah’s
Ark sheltered/protected 4 married couples against the judgment of
God in the form of flood.
is without limit (without measure) if man rejects God’s boundless
love Christ endured God’s judgment to protect and to save
us (Galatians 3:13). He was so uncomely to look
at (Isaiah 52:13-14; 53:2-3).