26 Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.
2 The length of one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and every one of the curtains shall have one measure.
3 The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and other five curtains shall be coupled one to another.
4 And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.
5 Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another.
6 And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today’s reading begins the instructions written in the Bible for making the tabernacle, the place where the children of Israel will worship the Lord God.
Of necessity—because the children of Israel were a people on the move the tabernacle is essentially to be a tent. It seems the inner portions were to be made of “curtains” with loops along the edges fastened together with “taches of gold”. The Lord was very specific as to the size and material to be used for the curtains; and it is easy to see that the Lord requested the Israelites to use the finest linen materials available. We know that the curtains were to be 28 cubits long and 4 cubits in width. As we know that a cubit was a measurement more than a foot in length, it’s easy to guess that the making of these curtains to make the tabernacle enclosure was a monumental undertaking.
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