This is post #7 or so of what I will call “law.” Yes, I know that the first five books of the Bible are technically the Law, but these are actual, you know, laws.
What I didn’t realize was that there are sections. There are topics and chapters that can be grouped together. Chapters 20-24 were covenental and social laws dealing with how the Israelites were to live. Chapters 25-27 (and possibly more) deal with the construction of religious artifacts.
That is helpful.
This isn’t just a bunch of random stuff thrown together, though it seems like it sometimes. There is an order and a structure. This stuff is understandable!
So, what are we building today?
Set Up A Perimeter!
Did you ever watch the show “24?” I was hooked for about five seasons before I just couldn’t handle the stress anymore. When Jack Bauer was chasing the bad guys around LA, he would always tell his HQ to “set up a perimeter” over a certain radius so the bad guy couldn’t escape.
It never worked. Like, ever.
(BTW, someone seriously needs to make a montage of every time that phrase was said on the show. I can’t believe it hasn’t happened yet!)
In Exodus 27, God commands the people to, well, set up a perimeter around the tent of meeting he talked about in the last chapter.
They create a courtyard roughly 150 feet long and 75 feet wide. The walls are about 7.5 feet high and the whole thing is made of fine twisted linen.
I’m no math expert, but that is a lot of linen. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1687.5 square feet of if.
It may seem like God is being über specific with how he wants this tabernacle constructed. And that is true . . . to a point.
Yes, the curtain is to be made of blue, purple, and crimson linen, but that is all we are told.
How would you like it patterned?
Do you want each panel to have all the colors or just do all colors on each?
Do you want a woven tapestry?
Do you want designs?
It doesn’t say. All we get is one little clue when God is describing the gates to the tabernacle:
For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen, embroidered with needlework;
What does the embroidering look like? I have no idea and I would imagine that the Israelites didn’t either.
That could freak some people out, or it could wake some people up.
They get to decide what the embroidery looks like! They have the freedom to be as creative as we can be with the 1687.5 square feet of linen that will surround the holy place where God will meet them.
So here is the question: What would you put on it? If you were selected to design the linens, what would they look like?