The structure had 3 solid wooded walls and pillars. (Ex 26:15-30, 36:20-34) There were 48 boards of wood overlaid with gold. Twenty boards were used for each of the north and south walls. The remaining 8 were used for the back (western) wall. Each board was 10 cubits high, 1.5 cubits wide. The Bible does not record its thickness. It is recorded as 1 cubit in the Talmud.
The wooden boards represent the believers in Yeshua. The wood was once a tree in the woods and of no value as a dwelling place for G-d. It was cut down, dressed, planed, and fitted. Even yet, it was not useful to G-d nor could it be placed in His holy temple.
It must have silver bases to rest on. Silver speaks of redemption. The believer rests on his redemption in Yeshua. Each board had 2 small wooden pegs on the bottom that fitted them into silver bases. Each of the 96 bases weighed 1 talent.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) which is in you, which ye have of G-d, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify G-d in your body, and in your spirit, which are G-d's.
Notice this passage tells us we are bought with a price. That price is the shed blood of Yeshua.
All of the wood in the tabernacle must have a covering of pure gold, which typifies the divine. This is symbolic of the believer partaking of the divine nature when he is "Born again".
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Partakers of the divine nature means we are like Yeshua. This is no way means that we are "gods". Perish the thought!
Only then was it fit for the tabernacle. So it is with the sinner. He must be cut down. He must die in the person of his Substitute, Yeshua Ha Mashiach. He must go with Yeshua through the sufferings of the execution stake, his burial and resurrection, and then be clothed with the golden robe of righteousness, the beauty of his Mashiach.
Shittim (Acacia) Wood is a wood that resists decay and thus represents the human body of Yeshua. His body could not die except as He deliberately dismissed His Spirit from it.
To hold the boards together there were 4 bars of wood overlaid with gold that ran the length of the wall through golden rings attached to each board. A fifth gilded bar ran through the center of each board for the length of the wall.
So the boards represent the believers standing on their redemption in Yeshua. In the sandy desert, as well as this wicked world, the sinner needs a sure foundation, a safe resting place. The boards rested on a solid foundation in the sand. So we stand on redemption ground. We do not read of silver being in heaven. No one in Heaven needs to be redeemed.
The 4 bars, which run through the gold rings, seem to represent that fact that we believers are all one in Yeshua. We are joined together to form the body of Yeshua.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile (Greek), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Yeshua HaMashiach (Christ Jesus).
Ephesians 2:21-22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the L-rd: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of G-d through Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit).
The 5th bar, which passes through the center of the boards, reminds us of the indwelling of Ruach HaKodesh in the body of the believer.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) which is in you, which ye have of G-d, and ye are not your own?
Think about this verse as we continue our study on the tabernacle. Once the blood of Yeshua has been applied to the doorpost of your heart, Ruach HaKodesh comes and dwells (tabernacles) within you. If that thought doesn't humble you nothing will. Knowing this one should be careful what activities one participates in.