31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:
32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.
33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.
35 And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side.
36 And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.
37 And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The final half dozen verses of Exodus 26 describe the way the Lord wants Moses to create a beautiful place to be set aside in the tabernacle to be the most holy of the holy places in the tabernacle, the place where the Israelites were to place the arc and the mercy seat upon the arc. As in the earlier passages telling how the tabernacle was to be built, the instructions for the creation of the most holy of holies are very detailed.
It seems to me that within the holy of holies only the arc would be housed. The Lord instructed Moses to put the table outside of the “vail”.
In order to set out to follow these detailed and expensive instructions, we know that the Israelites had to have faith that the Lord was the Supreme Power and mean to please him by following his instructions. In an age when many people who profess to believe in God won’t even bother to gather to fellowship with fellow Christians at Sunday morning services, such a level of faith is an amazing thing to ponder.
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