TABERNACLE LAYOUT

The Tabernacle can be divided into 2 general areas: the court of the Tabernacle and the Tabernacle proper. The Tabernacle (tent portion) was divided into 2 sections the "holy place" and the "holy of holies"

Court Yard

The court of the tabernacle (Ex 27:9-19; 38:9-20) was the largest area of the tabernacle. It was 100 cubits in length and 50 cubits in width. A linen curtain supported by sixty wooden pillars surrounded it. Each pillar had a copper (brass) socket base and was capped with a capital overlaid with silver. Connecting each pillar was a rod from which the curtains hung. Hooks were used to hold the rods to the pillars. Hooks were also used to tie the cords to the pillars, which were tied to copper (brass) pins and driven into the ground. The curtains were 5 cubits high.

Linen symbolizes the beautiful gift of righteousness given by G-d to those who come in simple faith and trust in Him with their souls. It is the "robe" of righteousness, the "garment" of salvation. It is always pure white.

In contrast to G-d's righteousness, the prophet Yesha'yahu reminds us that all of our good deeds will never measure up to G-d's righteousness.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Our sins have separated us from G-d.

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your G-d, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Adam and Eve's sin separated the human family from G-d. We have inherited the sin nature from them and we all need to be redeemed.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of G-d;

The white linen curtains of the Outer Court remind us that we are separated from G-d, due to our sins, because He is righteous.

Brass - This metal is used as a type of severe judgment in righteousness. The bases that the pillars rested in were made of brass. Wood symbolizes humanity. Thus wooded pillars standing in brass bases symbolize the fact that we all stand in judgment before a Holy G-d.

The capitals on top of the pillars were made from silver, symbolizing the ransom price G-d placed on each of the children of Israel (Exodus 30:11-16). G-d desires to redeem people, not to condemn them, but to satisfy His righteousness a price must be paid. The shed blood of Yeshua is the only acceptable atonement for our sins.

We all start out in life on the outside of the courtyard. Separated from G-d by our sin and His righteousness. To enter the courtyard we must go through the door.