Four Curtains, Three Doors, but One Christ
Exodus 26:1 “Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them. This is the 1st Curtain – – The first of the four layers coving the Tabernacle frame was WHITE linen. This pure white linen was carefully woven through with three other colors (blue, purple, and scarlet) to make a total of FOUR COLORS. This first or inner curtain was the only curtain visible from the inside of the Tabernacle. Carefully designed into this curtain, were the Cherubim. Our Father in Heaven, the Great Designer of the Tabernacle, has given to us a beautiful picture of our Lord.
· PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS: This curtain we can say REPRESENTS CHRIST’S PERFECT RESURRECTION GLORY. His perfect righteousness in the “fine-twined linen” which was a pure white Egyptian linen of which it has been said the world is not capable of producing today.
· PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF GOD: His Four-fold presentation in the Gospels are anticipated in the four colors representing Christ as the Son of God (blue or Deity – Eagle), as King (purple or royalty – Lion), and as the Sacrificial Servant of God (scarlet or sacrificial – Ox) and Perfect Son of Man (white or perfection – man). These colors are the same as God instructed for the fabricating of the Outer Court gate.
· NO SIN ALLOWED: There is one special difference. There are Cherubim woven into this entrance curtain to the Holy Place. No Cherubim appear in the Outer Court gate curtain because that Door was open to all sinners. But this was the doorway to intimacy with God and sin excludes us. Cherubim are the guardians of His holiness. God established this truth when He placed Cherubim at the east entrance to the Garden of Eden to guard the Tree of Life after Adam had sinned (Gen. 3:24).
Exodus 26:7 “You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair, to be a tent over the tabernacle. You shall make eleven curtains.” This is the 2nd Curtain – The second curtain was one of goat’s hair. We find it completely hidden from view to the priest inside the Tabernacle. It was not hidden from view of those outside. It was sandwiched between the pure white (Christ’s Righteousness) and the red (Christ’s Substitutionary Death). This black curtain is Christ’s becoming sin for us. This is Christ’s IMPUTATION. This is starting to sound like a CEF “wordless book”, and that is exactly what the Lord is doing.
· BLACK FOR SIN: Black Goat’s Hair. The goat’s hair depicts for us the blackness of sin-the sin of fallen mankind. The Palestinian goat was black, and still is today. The goat is invariably used in a bad sense throughout Scripture. We read concerning the separation of the sheep from the goats in respect to the good and bad nations (Matt. 25:32). Goats were used as a sin offering to God; this we find in Leviticus 16:5. This, therefore, pictures for us the blackness of sin. Leviticus 16:5 And he shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering.
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