God did not spare anything for elegance in the construction of His tabernacle. This was the place where He met Moses, the priests and the people at worship times.
The tabernacle consisted of a gold covered acacia wood structure that was fifteen feet high, thirty feet long and nine feet wide. This rigid structure was covered by layers of material.
There were ten curtain panels forty-two feet long and six feet wide made from fine linen. Those were joined together to cover the tabernacle sides and end from front to back. The next covering consisted of eleven panels forty-five feet long and six feet wide. Those curtains were woven from goat’s hair. The top covers for protection from the weather were made of ram’s skins dyed red and badger skins. All of the curtain panels were held together by gold and bronze rings.
Inside the tabernacle was a curtain or veil made from the most elaborate of materials. This veil separated the holy place from the most holy place. Inside the most holy place was the ark of the testimony and mercy seat. The candlestick was placed on the south side and the table for showbread was on the north side in the holy place.
The entrance to the tabernacle was covered by another elaborate curtain.
Having completed His specifications for the construction of the tabernacle, God provided instructions for building the altar. It would be placed in front of the tabernacle and inside the courtyard. The altar was seven and one-half feet square and four and one-half feet high. It was made of acacia wood covered with bronze. The actual burning pit and ash hopper were inside the outer wooden framework. Bronze was also used in making the metal utensils and components of the altar.
The court surrounding the tabernacle was one hundred fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide and seven and one-half feet high. Since the tabernacle was fifteen feet high, it could be easily seen from outside the courtyard. Hangings of fine woven linen covered the walls and gate of the courtyard. The gate opening was thirty feet and was located in the center of the east end of the court.
God also had specific instructions for the location and use of the golden lampstand. It was placed inside the tabernacle in the holy place. Aaron and his sons were to tend the lamp and keep it burning from night till morning. Pure olive oil was used as fuel for the lamp. As that lamp produced light for the Israelites’ worship in that age, we have God’s word—the Bible to provide light for our worship today.