The Gate of the Court and Its Hanging
The court had only one gate and it was at the east end of the court. It was a wide and beautiful gate. The Tabernacle had three entrances. The first entrance was at the east end of the court. The second entrance was at the Holy Place. The third entrance was a veil at the most Holy Place. The entrance at the court was almost 30 feet wide and 7.5 feet high. The hanging at the court gate was made of blue, purple, scarlet and fine-twined linen. It was hung on four pillars resting on four pillars resting one four brass sockets. The pillars are made of acacia wood. The pillars are connected on the top by silver rods and with hooks of silver. This beautiful hanging is a type of Christ. Wood speaks humanity. The pillars are connected with silver rods and hooks. This gate is a picture of Christ and His great salvation. Sin separated humanity from holy God. But God in His grace provided a door for everybody to enter his presence. Jesus said "I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9). Here Jesus is using a metaphor . Christ is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). There is a sense of exclusivity in Jesus' claim. Salvation can be found only in Christ (Acts 4:12). All path will not lead to salvation. Jesus said "Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep" (John 10:7). Jesus welcomes us all into his fold. This is the good news of the gospel. Notice the order of the colors of threads for the hanging. The first color mentioned is blue. Blue, purple, scarlet and fine-twined linen (Ex 27:16). Blue speaks of Christ's heavenly nature. Purple of his royalty. Scarlet speaks of his suffering. Fine-twined linen speaks of his righteousness. Christ is the perfect Savior. He is the gracious Savior who wants all people to be saved (1 Tim 2:3, 4; Rev 22:17).
The Spiritual Lessons: Ex 27:16-17.
The second entrance was closed off at the Holy Place: Ex 26:36, 37; 36:37, 38.
The second entrance was at the holy place. It was 10 cubits wide and 10 cubits high. This entrance was closed off by the curtain made of the same materials as the hanging at the gate of the court. Here we have five pillar instead of four made of acacia wood covered with gold. The sockets were made of brass. Only the priests were allowed to enter the holy place. The holy place is a place of fellowship and worship. This entrance symbolizes believer’s privilege to worship and fellowship with God (John 10: 9; 1 Cor 1:9). The tabernacle had two rooms. They are the Holy place and the Most Holy place. The first entrance was wide, the others were narrower but higher. They are equal in area. At the first entrance, God invites sinners to enter the court to offer sacrifices for their remission of their sins. At the Laver only the priest could cleanse their hands and feet. They are allowed to enter the Holy Place. The New Testament believers are not only the forgiven people but they are privileged to worship and fellowship with God. Every believer has the great privilege to enter the presence of the most holy God to offer up spiritual sacrifices of praise and worship (Heb 13:15).
The Spiritual Lessons:
The Third Entrance was the Veil. Ex 26:31-33; 36:35-38.John 14:6
The third entrance was the veil at Most Holy Place. It closed off for all except the high priest. Even the priests were not allowed to enter the most holy place. The beautiful veil separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. This veil was suspended from the top of four pillars. These pillars were made of acacia wood covered with gold. They rested on four sockets of silver. Only the high priest was allowed to enter there once a year on the day of atonement (Leviticus 16). The veil was a type of Christ's flesh (Heb 10:20). When Christ died on the cross the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom. Under the law the holy God was shut in and the sinner was shut out. Sin separated all men from God (Rom 3:23). But when Christ died on the cross the entrance to God's holy presence was opened. Now believers are given full liberty to enter into the sanctuary through the rented veil. What a privilege to enter the presence of God with confidence to worship him (Heb 10:19-20).
The Spiritual Lessons:
1. This veil is a beautiful type of Christ (Heb 10:20). The veil is most important entrance in the tabernacle because it is the only entrance mentioned in the New Testament. When Jesus died on the cross this veil was rent from top to bottom. (Luke 23:45). This is a type of the broken body of Christ through which a new and living was opened for us (Heb 10:20). The veil could not be rent until all God's holy demands were met. Jesus satisfied all God's demands by his death on the cross. The renting of the veil shows that God accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross on our behalf. Thus the way to God is now opened and believers are privileged to draw near God without fear.
2. The veil was suspended from the top of the four pillars made of acacia wood overlaid with gold. These four pillars speak of the gospel account given in the New Testament. The veil was rent from top to bottom speaks of the finished work of Christ(John 19:30). Now it is our responsibility to proclaim Christ to the lost world so that they may be saved.
3. The pillars rested no longer on sockets of brass but on four sockets of silver. This silver came from the atonement money of the people. Silver is a type of atonement. Our judgment is over and atonement had been made. Under the law sinners are shut out from God but now we draw near by the blood of Jesus (Heb 10:19). The rented veil gives assurance to draw near the most holy God to worship him. What a privilege to have clear conscience to draw near to God to worship him (Heb 9:14). Christ death made it possible to draw near God with a true heart in assurance of faith (Heb 10:22). It is sad that many Christians neglect the gathering together of believers to worship God (Heb 10:25).
4. The veil was made of the same material as the hanging at the court. It was strong and beautiful hanging. But the veil had cherubim on it unlike other two hangings. Cherubim are highest order of angels who guard the glory of God. They remind us of angels ministry during Christ's earthly ministry. When Adam sinned God drove out the man from Eden and at the east of the garden the cherubim with flaming sword was placed to guard man from eating from the tree of life (Gen 3:23-24). But in the veil cherubim are not carrying the sword because the atonement for the sin of Israel was made by the blood (Leviticus 16; Heb 9:22). The veil could not be rent until the righteousness and justice of God were satisfied. Christ the glorious and the perfect Savior met all the righteous requirements of God to save us. So when Christ died the veil was rent from top to bottom. It shows the acceptance of the atoning work of Christ on the cross to save us. Now we have access to the very presence of God.
5. Only the high priest was allowed to enter the most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16). But now all believers are accepted in the beloved at all time (Ephesians 1:6). What a privilege that we can draw closer to God with confidence! Christ is our great high priest who invites us to come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:15-16).
6. The veil could not be rent until the righteousness of God had been satisfied. Our sins had to be atoned; our guilt must be removed and God's wrath against sin must be satisfied. This could happen only through the death of Jesus Christ. Christ satisfied God’s justice by his death on the cross and made us fit to enter into His holy presence (John 19:30). There is now no condemnation to to those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1). Are you in Christ or outside Christ? If anybody is in Christ he is a new creation (2 Cor 5:17).
7. When Christ cried on the Cross he said “It is finished” and the veil was rent from top to bottom. Christ opened a new and living way through the veil, that is to say, His body (Matt 27:51; Heb 10:20; Acts 2:23; Is 53:10). Now we can draw closer to God to worship him. Have you received Christ's invitation to come to him to find rest for your soul ?(Matt 11:28)
8. The veil testifies of God's holiness and glory. Sinners were prohibited from God. But Christ now removed that prohibition by his death on the cross. We are now reconciled to God and have been made new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17). Our legal standing before God has been changed from guilty to blameless. Our hope, peace and eternity are built upon this great exchange of Christ's righteousness for our sin (2 Cor 5:21). This gift of righteousness gives us confidence to worship and serve God(2 Cor 5:18-19). Have you received the great exchange Christ offers?