This will be the last lesson on the outer curtains, next time we meet we
will review what we have studied thus far. Look with me tonight at the:
1. THE FOLDING- (v. 9) "And thou shalt couple five curtains by
them-selves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth
curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle."
a.) Five the number of grace, and six the number of man. Through the
death of Christ sinful man has been linked to the grace of God. (1 Pet.
2:24; Eph. 1:7)
b.) The Curtain folded has a dual meaning:
· Speaks of grace upon grace for man through Christ's atoning death upon
the cross. Whoever has received grace will receive more grace. Our
experience is grace, grace upon grace. (Jn. 1:16; Ja. 4:6)
· It also expresses a two fold necessity:
· The offering of Christ for sin.
· And the sinners acceptance of Christ as their substitute.
· Christ's death for sin will not deliver from sin without per-sonal
faith. The work of Christ on the cross will not save until the guilty
sinner is willing to accept Christ's sacrifice for sin as his own
sacrifice for sin.
2. THE FASTENING- (vv. 10-11) "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. 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."
a.) The color of the loops in (v.6) was blue, but here in (v. 10) no
color is given for the loops, this then would lead us to believe that the
loops would be the same color as the curtains which would be black.
b.) This indicates that sin has hidden His heavenly glory by clouds of
c.) The six curtains were linked to the five curtains by taches of brass,
(brass in scripture symbolizes judgment) this then leads us to believe
that sin must be judged, because God's nature must judge sin.
d.) When Christ died on the cross the judgment of God was poured out on
Him. The storm of God's wrath against sin fell with it's full fury on
Christ. He bore in His own body the marks of the slashing scourge of the
Father's perfect hatred for sin.
e.) He drank from the bitter cup of God's outrage against sin until
nothing was left.
f.) Again we are reminded fifty is the number of liberty, because Christ
has paid the judgment for sin, we are now free through the spirit.
g.) Freedom in Christ comes by the new birth, and the new birth is by the
Holy Spirit. (Jn. 3:5; Jn 8:35)
3. THE FIT- (vv. 12-13) "And the remnant that remaineth of the curtains
of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the backside
of the tabernacle. 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."
a.) The tabernacle was 15 ft. high, fifteen feet wide, and forty five feet
b.) Each panel was 6 ft. wide.
c.) There were 11 curtains measuring 45 ft. x 66 ft. These meas-urements
were given to show the tabernacle was completely covered. Which
· Christ's offering for sin completely covers all who are in Him. He paid
in full the debt sin had charged to our account. (Rom. 8:1)
· The believer owes nothing, Jesus paid it all in His own blood.
· The cost of Calvary covers completely. (Is. 32:2)
d.) God's house on earth among men could have never become a reality
without the covering for those who worshipped inside.
e.) His glory could only be seen by those who walked under God's covering