Exodus 36-39: If You Build It . . .

So yesterday I had an idea.

I don’t know about you, but I am an idea person. And if I have an idea that I think is good, I don’t want to waste any time letting it sit around in my head. I have to do something about it.

Well, I realized that Exodus 36-39 are the chronicle of Bezalel and co. building all the things God told them to build back in Exodus 25-31. He pretty much follows the instructions word for word.

Suffice to say, it doesn’t make for very interesting reading.

But it does make for interesting building.

Celebrating Exodus

When I finished working my way through Genesis I decided to celebrate by walking around town taking pictures of significant places. These became little altars of remembrance for me.

This time, I am going to build a scale model of the entire tabernacle.

My scale will be as follows: 1 Cubit = 1/2 inch.

Here is what I have done so far . . . in pictures!

So I went to the craft store and bought a bunch of appropriately colored (red, purple, and blue; gray for the dolphin skin and brown for the ram and goat skin) felt, a couple bags of 6-inch wood dowels, and a foam base.

Total Cost: $16

I did a little research and found that the actual tabernacle was 45-feet long and 15-feet wide. So I made a cutout with my scaled dimensions. Mine would be 15-inches long and 5-inches wide.

Next I measured out (what I thought was) the right spacing of the poles but I miscalculated and figured it out a little too late. Whoops! Oh well, my tabernacle will have 19 poles on one side instead of 20.

I'm hoping this isn't a smite-worthy offense!

Then I realized I would need a glue gun for the crossbeams. I didn’t have one so I set to work on the inner curtain. This was done by cutting out felt and (wait forit!) sewing it together! I am so domestic!

Somewhere in the world a seamstress is crying and doesn't know why

And that was about all I got done today. I managed borrow a hot glue gun so tomorrow I will get on those cross beams.

My ultimate goal is to build the entire enclosure with all the pieces. Though that may be a bit ambitious given how crazy my life is about to get. So we will see. At the very least I want to build this thing.

Look for some more updates later on!

Question: What on earth should I do with this thing when I’m done with it?


10 responses

  1. This is epic. I love how you’re celebrating what you’ve read – it’s something we often completely miss out on.

    I’d say you should… put it up for sale on Etsy? =) Ha.

  2. Sounds like an interesting project…my question is: how far are you going to take it? Are you building the inner and outer courts too?

    I would at least share it with your church if you have one, and it turns out to be semi-portable.

  3. Wait, no trolls commenting on your miscalculation or the heretical nature of your endeavor yet? Well, let me be the first.

    Dowelseth and felt-eth shalt not be used-eth (pronounced use-ed-eth) in miniature-eth biblical-eth…sheesh, I’m already tired. Forget it.

    Nice work, dude. Love it.

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