The covering on the inside of the Sanctuary was made from ten individual curtains made from finely woven white linen. Blue, purple and scarlet yarns were embroidered on the curtains with Cherubim designed in the pattern. Exodus 26:1-6
Each curtain was 42 feet long by 6 feet wide. Five curtains of woven tapestry were then coupled together with one another, and the other five curtains were joined together, too. Each “set” of five curtains had 50 loops of yarn on the edge of the end curtain. Fifty gold clasps through the loops held the curtains together, forming a single tent-like covering over the wooden framework of “boards”.
The colors of blue, purple and scarlet will be used again for the Veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place (Exodus 26: 31-35) or sometimes called Holy of Holies (Numbers 4:19, 20). God uses these special colors as a reminder that He is Yahweh.
- Blue is a symbol of Deity.
- Purple and Scarlet are symbols of Royalty. “They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” Matthew 27:28
- White is a symbol of Holiness. “and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets—“ 2 Chronicles 5:12 See also Rev. 1:14, 2:17, 4:4, 6:2, 6:11, 7: 9,7: 13, 20: 11
- The colors also speak of Christ’s heavenly realm, trinity, Savior and all divinity as seen in the four gospels.
Scripture describes Cherubim as surrounding the LORD, so it seems right that their symbol is used throughout the Tabernacle. “So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.” 2 Samuel 4:4 “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.” Isaiah 37:16
I hope you are as excited about God’s perfect plan for His earthly dwelling place as I am!