The court of the Tabernacle (Ex 27:9-15)
The Court of the Tabernacle: The Tabernacle is in the center of the camp and it has two rooms, Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The court was the space around the tabernacle. From a distance we see only the linen fence, 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 7.5 feet high. It formed a barrier between camp and the tabernacle. There was only one wide door to enter the court. It was 30 feet wide and 7.5 feet high. This white linen fence gives the impression of purity and holiness of things inside. This linen fence made of twisted white thread and was hung from sixty pillars. These sixty pillars were made of acacia wood. They rested on brazen socket and held firmly by silver connecting rode on the top. Each pillar was overlaid on the top with a silver cap. There were two cords running down to brass pins driven into the ground both inside and outside to hold pillars firmly in their places. There were two pieces of furniture: the brazen alter and the brazen laver filled with water in the court. No person was allowed to enter the court except Moses, Aaron, his sons and the person who brought an offering to the Lord. Looking from distance it was not attractive. But inside the court and the tabernacle everything was beautiful. To the unsaved people, spiritual things are foolishness and not attractive (1 Cor 1:18, 23). There is no beauty that they should desire of Christ (Isaiah 53:2-3). But to those who have come to know Christ, he is precious. On the east side there was wide open door to enter the court with sacrifice.
Fine-twined Linen. As we draw near the white enclosure, it becomes more impressive. The white linen speaks of purity and righteousness of Christ (Rev 19:8). Christ is the perfect Son of God. He came to save sinners. Christ's purity shows how dirty and sinful we are. The righteousness is God’s set standard of His holiness . Man lost his righteousness by disobedience and thus shutout from the presence of God (Rom 3:10-23; Is 64:6). But God has provided this righteousness through the death of His Son. This righteousness is revealed in the gospel and witnessed by law and prophets (Rom 1:17; Rom 3:21). God freely bestows righteousness to all who believe in the gospel. Christ alone is righteous and perfect. Christ challenged Jews “Which one of you convicts me of sin?”(John 8:46). Pilot said “I find no fault in Him (John 19:6). Judas said ”I have sinned by betraying the innocent blood” (Matt 27:4). The centurion who was in charge of Christ's crucifixion said “Certainly this was a righteous man" (Luke 23:47). Peter wrote “He did no sin neither was deceit found in his mouth” (1 Pet 2:22). John testified "In Jesus was no sin" (1 John 3:5). Paul said "Christ knew no sin" (2 Cor 5:21). Like the linen fence, Jesus was white inside and outside. If a stranger touches this wall, he should be put to death (Numbers 3:38). The fine linen fence was 7.5 feet high, too high for any person to see the inside of the tabernacle. Unsaved person cannot understand the spiritual things and they are foolishness to him
(1 Cor 2:14). Since Christ has become our righteousness we have peace with God (2 Cor 5:21; 1 Cor 1:30; Rom 5:1). This speaks of our positional standing in Christ before God. The believers are also blessed with the peace of God (Phi 4:7). This is the inner peace, a sense of tranquility of heart they enjoy when they live in obedience. The linen fence protected the tabernacle from dust and wind. We are covered and protected by Christ's righteousness (Rom 8:33; 4:25). Christ is able to protect us from Satan and sin (Jude 24,25). We are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Pet 1:5). His blood cleanses us from all our sins (Matt 16:18; 1 John 1:7; 1 Tim 2:5). Jesus is indeed the only most perfect and gracious Savior!
Sixty Pillars: Ex 27:10, 11. The white enclosure was hung on sixty pillars. These Pillars were made of acacia wood. These trees were once useless and ready to be burned. But now they become ready for God’s use. It is the picture of believers. Once we were sinners but now we are saved by the grace of God and become useful to God. Pillars are resting on brazen sockets. Brass is symbolic of the judgment of God. Christ endured our judgment on the cross. Our standing is on Christ (Rev 1:14, 15; 1 Cor 3:11). The brass speaks of the immutable nature of the wrath Christ endured to separate us from the corruption of this world (Gal 1:4). Christians are in this world but not of this world. Pillars are supported by silver-connecting rods at the top to stand straight. Silver is symbolic of the atonement Christ provided for our redemption ( Ephesians 1:7). This also speaks of God's amazing grace toward us. This also speaks of believer’s unity and fellowship in Christ. Christian unity is based on the atoning death of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:10; Phil 2:1, 2). The pillars had silver cap and hooks made of silver. The silver cap was on the top of each pillar as an ornament. What an amazing ornament of grace! This silver came from the atonement money (Ex 30:11-17). Christians are redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (! Pet 1:18-19). The believers should always appreciate their redemption and live in unity and in fellowship with other believers for the glory of God. In the court we find the brazen Alter and the brazen Laver where sins are put away and the priests are cleansed. The court represent the earth where Christ died to forgive and cleanse us from all our sins (1 John 1:7-8).
The Court: Ex 27:1-8; 38:1-8. The court was about 150 feet long and 75 feet wide with one entrance at the east end. The two pieces of furniture in the court are the Brazen Altar and the Brazen Laver. Only Moses, Aaron and his sons could minister in the court. The sinners could also enter the court with their sacrifice (Leviticus 1:10, 11). The priests sprinkled the blood and arrange the sacrifice on the brazen Alter. Today we don’t have to bring any animal sacrifice because Christ became our sacrifice of atonement once for all (Heb 9:26-28). The believers are now at peace with God. They are forgiven people and God remembers their sin no more (Heb 10:17). The court is the place of reconciliation and cleansing. In the Old Testament the saints longed for the court of the tabernacle (Psalms 84:2,10). The psalmist says "Happy is the man whom God chose to dwell in His court" (Psalms 65:4). God's redeemed people entered the court with joy and thanks giving (Psalms 100:4). How blessed are we to gather around Christ to worship God! In the court all the furniture was made of brass. Here we have the brazen Altar and Laver. Here sins are put away and cleansing is provided (1 John 1:7-9). The sinners were allowed to enter here with their sacrifice. This clearly symbolizes the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ and how we are reconciled to God. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). Jewish worship was centered in the temple at Jerusalem. Their worship was built around the externals. In the New Testament worship is centered in Christ. Only believers can worship God (John 4:21; 1:12). Our worship and praise must come from a sincere heart. We worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). Our hearts must be filled with the truth of God revealed in the Scriptures to worship God acceptably. Also our spirit must be quickened by the Holy Spirit to worship God. Worship is ascribing glory and honor to God. Only God is worthy of our worship. The prayer and Lord's Supper are not necessarily worship. But we worship God in prayers and in the Lord's Supper. There is no specific place or time to worship God. So true worship of God can take place anytime and anywhere because it is not limited in buildings, rituals or liturgy but in Christ Jesus (Heb 13:15).