Yahweh has destroyed his own Temple (Lam 2:6-2:6)

Vav

“Yahweh

Has broken down

His booth

Like a garden.

He has destroyed

His tabernacle.

Yahweh has abolished

Festivals

Along with the Sabbath

In Zion.

His fierce indignation

Has spurned Kings

As well as priests.”

Yahweh has destroyed his own booth or tabernacle. Yahweh has abolished all Sabbath and festival worship services, mainly because there was no more Temple. In his fierce indignation, Yahweh has turned against his kings and priests. After all, a lot of people have died or gone into Babylonian captivity or, like Jeremiah, gone to Egypt or other places. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Vav. Each verse after this will use the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet in this acrostic poem.

The beauty and aroma of wisdom (Sir 24:15-24:17)

“‘Like cassia,

Like camel’s thorn,

I gave forth perfume.

I spread my fragrance,

Like choice myrrh,

Like galbanum,

Like onycha,

Like stacte,

Like the odor of incense in the tabernacle.

Like a terebinth,

I spread out my branches.

My branches are glorious.

My branches are graceful.

Like the vine

I bud forth delights.

My blossoms become glorious fruit.

My blossoms become abundant fruit.”

Sirach continued with his personification of wisdom. Here wisdom compares herself to various fragrances and fruit trees. First, she uses the fragrances of cassia, a kind of cinnamon bark, and camel’s thorn, a sweet coffee smell. Then there are fragrances that came from the gum resins of trees that became the incense used in the Temple, myrrh, galbanum, onycha, and stacte. Thus wisdom smelt like the incense used in the Jerusalem Temple tabernacle. Just as the terebinth tree spread its branches, so too, wisdom seemed to have wide branches. She was also like vines and blossoms on a fruit tree. Wisdom was then beautiful to look at and wonderful to smell.

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.