The Outer Curtain of the Tabernacle Pictures our Glorified Body
Dec 10, 2007
The Tabernacle of Moses was ROOTED in justice and established by the laws of redemption.
This is portrayed in Exodus 27:17, which speaks of the linen curtain around the court of the Tabernacle. It was to hang by silver hooks, and the sockets buried in the ground were of bronze. Silver is the metal of redemption, and bronze is the metal of justice.
The linen curtain itself, which surrounded the Tabernacle, represents the glorified body--our final reward. We are, after all, the temple of God. So the outer curtain represents the "skin," so to speak. The fine linen is the righteousness of saints (Rev. 19:8).
This linen curtain hangs from above on silver hooks and is rooted below by bronze sockets. The hooks, then, signify the heavenly work of redemption (silver), while the sockets signify the earthly grounding in justice and righteousness (bronze).
It is also significant that the curtains hang between the hooks and the sockets, as if to suggest that we in our glorified bodies are part of both realms (heaven and earth). We have a heavenly origin but an earthly administration whose purpose is to bring heaven to earth and put all things under His feet.
The "hooks" on which these linen curtains hang are from the Hebrew word VAV, which is also the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It means a nail, peg, or hook. It is a connecter. The silver hook, then, is the connecting link between heaven and earth--that is, our glorified body, which, like Jesus' post-resurrection body, is "flesh and bone" made of glorified physical matter (Luke 24:39). Second, the nail speaks of Christ's crucifixion, which has made our redemption possible. Without the cross, Jesus could not have become our Redeemer.
There is more to Jesus being the Redeemer than meets the eye. The Law was given by Yahweh, the name by which God revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus 6:2 and 3. Exodus 15:2 later says literally, "YAHWEH is my strength and song, and He has become my YESHUA." This prophesies that Yahweh was to come to earth in the form of Yeshua (Jesus' Hebrew name), and this is confirmed in Isaiah 12:2, 3.
The Law itself, given by Yahweh-Yeshua is from the Hebrew word TORAH. Each letter of the word "Torah" has a meaning in itself.
Tav = A sign, originally written as a cross.
Vav = Nail
Resh = Head (leader)
Hey = what comes from (when at the end of a word)
If you put these together, the word Torah literally means, "What comes from the Leader nailed to the cross." This speaks of the Authorship and Originator of the Torah, and it speaks of Jesus Christ.
Likewise, the Hebrew word for Redeemer is GAAL. It is spelled:
Gimel = camel, to be lifted up
Alef = ox, to be strong
Lamed = ox goad, a symbol of authority
The word for "God" is EL, spelled alef and lamed (above). So the word for "redeemer" is a gimel, followed by EL, the word for God. Putting it all together, the word for redeemer is "to lift up God." That is why Jesus said in John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself." When Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness as a prophecy of Christ, he was acting out the meaning of the Hebrew word GAAL, a "Redeemer."
This word, then, identifies the Redeemer with God (Yahweh), showing that Jesus Christ was the incarnation of the Old Testament Yahweh.
Jesus was the Mediator between God and man, and thus was the full expression of the meaning of the silver hook in Moses' Tabernacle. The hook was the link--the Mediator--between heaven and earth, and it was made of silver in order to portray the concept of the Redeemer. When Jesus was transfigured in Matthew 17 on Mount Hermon, He manifested that other body ("tabernacle") which He had and which we ourselves will be given, as Paul said in 2 Cor. 5:1-4.
Since we are the Body of Christ, this all portrays us as well as Jesus Christ. This Body is the "one new man" in Eph. 2:15. This true temple of God has no middle wall of partition to divide us. There is no dividing wall to separate men from women, or Israelites from non-Israelites, or Jews from Greeks, or bondmen from free men. The dividing wall was not commanded in either the law or by Solomon in the building of the Temple. It was a later innovation established by the traditions of men, which Jesus came to abolish in His explanations of the law.
Jesus, the Author of the Law, had every right to explain the spirit of the Law in His Sermon on the Mount, in order to make the necessary corrections in its interpretation. When He died on the cross, it was to establish the justice of the law, which called for the death penalty upon all sinners. He did not put away the law, but paid its full penalty. Thus, He honored the law's demands and thus fulfilled the meaning of the bronze sockets in the outer curtain of the Tabernacle, as well as the redemption nails from above.
Dr. Stephen Jones