Tabernacle Lesson 4

The First Covering

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"Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed speaking unto Moses that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen." Acts 7:44
The Tabernacle is a witness of Jesus.  Every thing in the Tabernacle complex centers around the Tabernacle "Tent", which is symbolic of Jesus.  This lesson is about the first of three coverings that is to be placed over the "Tent" and it's symbolic meaning.


 (Exodus 26:7 And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make.)

1. The first covering is made of  hair.

to question 1.

2. John D. Davis' A Dictionary of the Bible  states that "The ordinary goat of Syria is black in color".  This first covering is  in color.

to question 2.

3. The first covering to be placed over the tent, the Tabernacle,  is made with  curtains.

to question 3.

(Exodus 26:8 The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure.)

4. Each curtain is  cubits long and  cubits wide.  

to question 4.

5. Each cubit equals 18 inches.  Multiply the number of cubits in the length of a curtain by 18 and divide by 12 and the curtain is  feet long.

to question 5.

6. Multiply the number of cubits in the width of a curtain by 18 and divide by 12 and the curtain is  feet wide.

to question 6.

Exodus 26:9 And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle.

7. The eleven curtains are coupled together in two groups of and to make one covering.

to question 7.

Exodus 26:10 And thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second.

8. There are to be loops on each group of curtains.

to question 8.

Exodus 26:11 And thou shalt make fifty taches of brass, and put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one.

9. There are to be taches of to couple the curtains together.

to question 9.

10. With each curtain 45 feet long and 6 feet wide, the tent, with 11 curtains coupled together would be 45 feet wide and (6 X 11)  feet long.

to question 10.

 (Exodus 26:13 And a cubit on the one side, and a cubit on the other side of that which remaineth in the length of the curtains of the tent, it shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and on that side, to cover it.)

11. The first covering is to hang over the Tabernacle on it's two sides one  , which is 18 inches.

to question 11.

(John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.)

12. Black is symbolic of .  

to question 12.

(Leviticus 16:10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, [and] to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

Leviticus 16:20-22 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:

21  And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

22  And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.)

13. Goat's hair is symbolic of the Scapegoat which would bear the  of the people.  

to question 13.

(Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.)

14. The black covering  placed over the Tabernacle is symbolic of  bearing our .  

to question 14.

(1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.)

15. "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our ; and in him is  sin."  

to question 15.

16. A person standing under the Tabernacle would see the four colors of Blue, Red, White, and Purple which is symbolic of , and would see the first covering black in color hanging over the two sides about 18 inches, symbolic of our  placed on Jesus.

to question 16.

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