And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.
Materials required to build the Tabernacle as ordered by God.
The Bible is a wonderful testimony of the work of the Holy Spirit in the message of God.
Jesus told us this about the Spirit:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John tells us the work of the Spirit:
1 John 2:20-21
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
It’s through the Spirit that we see the witness of Jesus Christ:
Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
This section of Scripture is no different.
Every word, every sentence, every account speaks of Jesus.
Why wouldn’t the very place of God among the people be a physical representation of Jesus.
Why wouldn’t the place that contained the glory of God teach us about the One Who is the very manifestation of His glory.
We see His glory in everything even in the materials used to build the Tabernacle.
Gold – (Diety)
According to Ex 38 they gave 2,800 lbs. of gold.
All the gold that was used in all the work of the holy place, that is, the gold of the offering, was twenty-nine talents and seven hundred and thirty shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary.
Pure gold in scripture speaks of divinity. It speaks of that which cannot be reproduced by man. Something that can only come from God.
God designed gold to be intrinsically valuable and beautiful, for gold does not tarnish nor corrode. It can be hammered so thin that a single ounce can spread over a 100 sq. ft. area.
Gold here tells us of the deity of Jesus Christ.
It tells us of His glory as The Son of God and most importantly as God the Son.
Silver – (Redemption)
Silver came to 9,600 lbs.
And the silver from those who were numbered of the congregation was one hundred talents and one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary: a bekah for each man (that is, half a shekel, according to the shekel of the sanctuary), for everyone included in the numbering from twenty years old and above, for six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty men. And from the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary and the bases of the veil: one hundred sockets from the hundred talents, one talent for each socket. Then from the one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, overlaid their capitals, and made bands for them.
Silver is representative of redemption. It was always used as redemption money.
And you shall take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shall appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the children of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for yourselves.”
The Tabernacle stood on sockets of silver. Both Joseph and Jesus were sold for silver.
Silver is the best conductor of heat and electricity. It reflects light better than any other metal and when fully refined it looks like a mirror.
In Scripture silver is symbolic of the redemption that comes through Jesus and represents His preciousness of Jesus as the Only ransom for sin. Our Only redemption from sin.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Bronze – (Judgment)
6,700 lbs. of bronze was given for use in the bronze altar and it’s utensils. It was also used for the sockets and pegs for the court, the bases for the court gate, and all the pegs for the tabernacle.
The offering of bronze was seventy talents and two thousand four hundred shekels. And with it he made the sockets for the door of the tabernacle of meeting, the bronze altar, the bronze grating for it, and all the utensils for the altar, the sockets for the court all around, the bases for the court gate, all the pegs for the tabernacle, and all the pegs for the court all around.
Bronze represents judgement in Scripture.
The bronze serpent raised by Moses was a teaching tool used by God so that Israel would learn about faith. The people had wandered and griped about God for a while. He was about to teach them about sin.
The Bronze Serpent
Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
No one would expect to be healed by looking at a snake on a pole but that is just what God told them to do. It took a leap of faith to believe God in this way this was the way they would be healed.
This was a reminder of their sin that brought about this suffering.
Bronze typifies the divine character of Jesus Christ Who took upon Himself the fire of God’s wrath, holiness, and justice by becoming the sin offering for mankind.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.