Exodus 27. 9.
9. "For the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court
of fine-twined linen of a hundred cubits long for one side."
THE FINE LINEN IS
the righteousness of saints" (Rev. 19. 8). "I counsel thee to buy of Me
white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed," says Christ (Rev. 3. 18).
"Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ," is the exhortation of the Apostle
The COURT of the
Tabernacle, surrounded by these hangings of fine-twined linen,
represents believers in their ordinary Christian character and
intercourse, walking in the presence of God in holiness and
righteousness before Him, keeping their garments undefiled by sin,
putting on and living out Christ, and exhibiting Him before men.
THE PILLARS AND SOCKETS.
Verse 10. "And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass."
Or, as expressed in
chapter 38.10: "Their pillars were twenty, and their brazen sockets
The PILLARS fixed
in SOCKETS of BRASS, representing individual believers in their
religious character, and firm standing. There were twenty pillars on
the north and south, corresponding with the twenty boards of the
Tabernacle on those sides The BOARDS representing believers associated
in Church fellowship, and the PILLARS of the court, believers in their
wider and ordinary Christian walk.
Each PILLAR stood
firmly fixed in a SOCKET of brass, as expressing the firm and decided
stand which is requisite in living out the Christian character. As
united in Church fellowship, in the sight of God, we stand in
redemption, like the boards of the Tabernacle on the sockets of silver.
But as walking before God, and living before men, in our daily course,
we need a holy decision of character, standing strong in the Lord, and
in the power of His might, as the pillars of the court in their sockets
of brass. "Having done all, to stand," says the Apostle. "Stand
therefore" (Eph. 6.13,14).
If "the Church of
the living God" is to be "the pillar and ground of the truth,"
individual believers in their Christian character and ordinary conduct
should seek, to maintain the truth, by walking in it with firmness and
decision, like James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars in
their day, and especially like the Apostle Paul.
THE HOOKS AND FILLETS.
Verse 10. "The hooks of the pillars and their fillets
These silver rods connected the pillars together, and formed the rods
on which the linen curtains hung. The hooks and connecting-rods were to
be of silver, and SILVER is typical of REDEMPTION; for the Atonement
money was in silver (Exodus 30.11-16).
And SILVER is also
typical of communion; for it was the ordinary medium for monetary
transactions. And the hooks fixed in the pillars were always in
readiness to receive the connecting-rods.
Thus these pillars,
standing in the brazen sockets, with their hooks and connecting-rods of
silver, sustaining the curtains of fine-twined linen, and forming
together the COURT of the Tabernacle, most strikingly and beautifully
represent the people of God, in their ordinary religious character,
established and settled, walking in righteousness and holiness, always
prepared for, and constantly maintaining communion together, on the
ground of their common redemption by the Blood of the Lamb, in their
intercourse one with another, and in the presence of God.
It is a sweet and
happy thought, affording some consolation in the present state of
things, that even now, in the outwardly divided conditions of the
Church of God, when Church FELLOWSHIP with the majority of Christians
may be sought in vain, we may still maintain communion and love in our
intercourse one with another on the ground of our common redemption, by
the same precious Blood, and of our agreement together in the same
fundamental truths of salvation, as taught and united by the same Holy
THE LENGTH OF THE COURT.
11. "And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings
of a hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty
sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets
[connecting-rods] of silver."
One hundred cubits
NORTH and SOUTH. "Awake, 0 north wind, and come, thou south," is the
language of the Bride in the Song of Solomon (chap. 4.16). Whether the
chill north wind of adversity blows, or the genial south wind of
prosperity breathes, there should be the same FIRM STANDING, and
decided walk, the same maintenance of RIGHTEOUSNESS and holiness, the
same manifestation of Christ, and the same readiness for FELLOWSHIP
with all saints, on the ground of our common Christianity.
THE BREADTH OF THE COURT.
12-15. "And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be
hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten. And
the breadth of the court on the east side eastward, shall be fifty
cubits. The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits:
their pillars three, and their sockets three. And on the other side
shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their
In LENGTH - namely,
one hundred cubits - the court of the TABERNACLE was one HALF the
LENGTH of the INNER court of Ezekiel's TEMPLE, which will be two
hundred cubits; and in BREADTH - namely, fifty cubits - HALF the
BREADTH of the INNER court of the TEMPLE, which will be one hundred
THE GATE OF THE COURT.
Verse 16. "And for
the gate of the court shall be a hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and
purple, and scarlet [worm scarlet], and fine-twined linen, wrought with
The hanging for the
door of the tent and the vail, were both ten cubits by ten - one
hundred cubits square; and the gate of the court twenty cubits by five
in height - one hundred cubits square also; each representing CHRIST in
different aspects. The GATE OF THE COURT being typical of CHRIST, by
the faith of whom alone any really become Christians, and have a title
to be regarded as such, and power in the Spirit for true fellowship in
the Gospel. THE DOOR OF THE TENT representing CHRIST, through whom
alone there is access into the Church of God. And the VAIL representing
Him as the way by whom only there is access by faith into the holiest
THE PILLARS OF THE GATE.
Verse 16. "Their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four."
By these FOUR
PILLARS, corresponding with the four pillars which sustain the vail,
are represented, I believe, the four divinely inspired historians of
the life of Jesus. There are some differences, however, which are
The PILLARS of the
VAIL have their HOOKS of Gold, and their SOCKETS of SILVER; while the
PILLARS of the GATE have their HOOKS of SILVER, and their SOCKETS of
brass. The HOOKS of GOLD being significant of a DIVINELY-given ability
for laying HOLD of and exhibiting the perfection of Immanuel, as the
way of access faith into the Holiest; and the SOCKETS of SILVER
significant of their STANDING in REDEMPTION.
The HOOKS of
SILVER, and the silver connecting-rods of the PILLARS of the GATE,
expressive of a capacity for communicating the truth of Christ; and the
SOCKETS of BRASS, of decision and steadfastness. It is interesting to
trace in the four inspired histories of the "Word made flesh," the
various beauties and perfections of Immanuel, as signified by the BLUE,
PURPLE, SCARLET, and FINE-TWINED LINEN, Composing the GATE OF THE
In John's account,
the BLUE, or HEAVENLY PERFECTION and glory of the Lord Jesus, is
In MARK, the
PURPLE, or the combination of HEAVENLY PERFECTNESS with the EARTHLY
GLORY. And hence it is worthy of notice, that, in Mark 15.17, the robe
in which, in mockery, Jesus was arrayed, is by the leading of the
Spirit said to be of "PURPLE." In MATTHEW, the EARTHLY DIGNITIES of the
Son of David, as typified by the SCARLET, appear; and Matthew says,
they "put on Him a scarlet robe" (27.28).
Whereas, in LUKE,
the WHITE, or PURE and SPOTLESS, yet exquisitely beautiful humanity of
the Son of Man is prominent, as typified by the FINE-TWINED LINEN. And
Luke says, they "arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe." Gorgeous, "Lam pros,"
meaning also, shining, resplendent, dazzling, white. Compare Acts
10.30; -Rev. 15.6; 19.8, in the Greek.
Verses 17-19. "All
the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver
[connected with rods of silver] their hooks shall be of silver, and
their sockets of brass. The length of the court shall be a hundred
cubits, and the breadth fifty everywhere, and the height five cubits of
fine-twined linen, and their sockets of brass. All the vessels of the
tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and
all the pins of the court, shall be of brass."
All the pillars of
the court were connected together by the SILVER RODS, and all were
furnished with HOOKS for attaching them; teaching us, that all
believers should maintain fellowship together in redemption, truth, and
brotherly love, and all be prepared for it as occasion presents.
All the PILLARS
stood on SOCKETS of BRASS; and all believers have need of enduring
strength in Jesus, by the Spirit, to maintain, in such a world as this,
their religious character and standing; that strengthened by God's
Spirit in the inner man, Christ dwelling in the heart by faith, they
may be rooted and grounded in love. (Eph. 3.16,17).
All the VESSELS of
the Tabernacle for all the service of it, and even the PINS of the
tabernacle and court, were to be of BRASS; for the same enduring
spiritual strength is needed for all manner of service, down to the
minutest particulars, in work connected with the Name of Jesus, and the
presence of God.
In Exodus 38.17, we
read: "The overlaying of their chapiters [tops or heads] of silver; and
all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver [connected with
rods of silver] ," showing that the chapiters, or heads of the pillars,
and the fillets or connecting-rods, axe distinct; though both were of
silver, and all formed part of the redemption money. "And of the
thousand seven hundred and seventy and five shekels, he made for the
pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted THEM" (Ex. 38.28).
which is in Christ Jesus, is not only the foundation of the Christian's
FAITH, as shown by the silver sockets of the Tabernacle: it is also the
ground of Christian LOVE and communion, as signified by the silver
hooks and connecting-rods. And it is also the crown and joy of the
Christian's HOPE, as signified by the silver chapiters, or crowns of
the pillars. His faith, his love, and his hope, having each its ground
and centre in Jesus, and in His mighty work.