The wood frame (Ex 26:15-26:30)

“You shall make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle. Ten cubits shall be the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the width of each frame.  There shall be two pegs in each frame to fit the frames together.  You shall make these for all the frames of the tabernacle.  You shall make the frames for the tabernacle.  Twenty frames are for the south side.  There will be forty bases of silver under the twenty frames, two bases under the first frame for its two pegs, and two bases under the next frame for its two pegs. For the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side twenty frames, and their forty bases of silver, two bases under the first frame, and two bases under the next frame.  For the rear of the tabernacle westward you shall make six frames. You shall make two frames for corners of the tabernacle in the rear.  They shall be separate beneath, but joined at the top, at the first ring.  It shall be the same with both of them.  They shall form the two corners.  So there shall be eight frames, with their bases of silver, sixteen bases.  There shall be two bases under the first frame and two bases under the next frame.  You shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the side of the tabernacle at the rear westward. The middle bar, halfway up the frames, shall pass through from end to end.  You shall overlay the frames with gold, and shall make their rings of gold to hold the bars.  You shall overlay the bars with gold. Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain.”

We also have upright frames of acacia wood.  The frames start out small, 15’ by 3’, but are then put together to make something like a 45’ by 15’ by 15” wooden frame. For the north and south sides of the tent, twenty frames with forty bases of silver were used.  On the west side, the rear, there are eight frames, if you count the corner ones, with their appropriate silver bases. There will be five acacia wood bars covered with gold, with golden rings on the three sides.

Curtains covering the tabernacle (Ex 26:1-26:14)

“Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen, and blue, purple, and crimson yarns.  You shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them.  The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits.  All the curtains shall be of the same size.  Five curtains shall be joined to one another.  The other five curtains shall be joined to one another.  You shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set.  Likewise you shall make loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set.  You shall make fifty loops on the one curtain, and you shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is in the second set.  The loops shall be opposite one another. You shall make fifty clasps of gold, and join the curtains to one another with the clasps, so that the tabernacle may be one whole.”

This is a combination of what to do with the ark in the desert and when the temple is constructed.  The tabernacle should have 10 curtains of twisted blue, purple, and crimson yarns and fine linen, with cherubim skillfully worked into them.  The length and width of each curtain should be the same, 28 cubits long and 4 cubits wide.  These colorful 50’ long curtains would be joined together in two groups of 5.  There will be 50 loops on the edge of both sets of the curtains oppose each other with 50 clasps of gold to join the 2 curtains.

“You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle.  You shall make eleven curtains. The length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits.  The eleven curtains shall be of the same size.  You shall join five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and the sixth curtain you shall double over at the front of the tent.  You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second set.  You shall make fifty clasps of bronze, and put the clasps into the loops, and join the tent together, so that it may be one whole. The part that remains of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remains, shall hang over the back of the tabernacle.   The cubit on the one side, and the cubit on the other side, of what remains in the length of the curtains of the tent, shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle, on this side and that side, to cover it.  You shall make for the tent a covering of tanned rams’ skins and an outer covering of fine leather.”

The tent for the tabernacle should have 11 curtains made of goat’s hair.  These are a little longer, 2 cubits more than the linen curtains, or about a little over a yard longer.  These will be divided into 5 and 6.  Once again, you have 50 loops and 50 bronze, not gold, clasps to join them together. Part of the curtains should hang over on the sides of the tabernacle.  Then on top of this you take tanned rams’ skins and an outer covering of fine leather. This then was the covering for the tabernacle.