The Offering for the Tabernacle
Exodus 25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. 3 And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, 4 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, 5 And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, 6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, 7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.
God placed the hearts of His people in them and made them of the most precious substances available.
The materials symbolize things in people’s lives that illustrate who they are individually and collectively as the Church, and they are as follow:
Gold and silver are two metals that the Bible refers to a man’s works that will be sustained as being refined by fire when the rest of his works are separated as dross.
Brass is Jesus’ feet in the book of Revelation and His people having the same feet which enable them to walk with Him in unity since the fire that they walk through will only refine them more as they walk through it with Him.
Blue is the peaceful color of the covering sky that is His people’s eternal covering of His mercy filled love that never ends.
Purple is the color of majesty which represents the mixture of Jesus’ scarlet blood as He hung on the cross in the blue sky and transforms His people from ordinary people into His kings.
Scarlet is the color of Jesus’ blood atonement woven through His people’s lives that has paid for all of their sins before they were ever born.
Fine Linen is what our Saviour was wrapped in during His burial and symbolizes His people’s “cocoon state” in which they are converted into His power.
Goats’ Hair is a flexible and durable multipurpose material that was used to protect the finer materials of the tabernacle like Jesus covers His people. Even though life may seem to be ever changing, He is His people’s multi-purpose go to that covers their delicate parts.
Ram’s Skin Died Red represents Jesus the ram that God provided in place of Isaac and all of His people’s lives as well. Even though His people may be caught in a “thicket” of the world and confused by the world around them, at some point in their journeys, God will unravel it all and give His people vision and understanding to walk out of it and into His eternal presence.
Badgers’ Skins are impervious mammals’ skins that are His people’s covering from the elements of the world.
Shittim Wood is possibly from the family of trees that Jesus’ cross was made, and evergreen like His redeemed people.
Oil for the Light represents the Lord’s light that lights the world.
Spices for the Anointing Oil that sanctifies everything it touches and cures all forms of illness.
Spices for Sweet Incense represents the sweet odor of the prayer of the saints and the fragrant oil that Jesus’ body was anointed with before His burial.
Onyx stones are red precious stones with parallel lines that align with itself like God aligns His people with Him.
Stones to be set in the ephod represent the unity of God’s people as they bring their unique qualities together and create one complete unit of the body of Christ.
Stones to be set in the Breastplate are to remind the priest who he was representing and to show
God who was being represented when he went into the tabernacle.
8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.
The sanctuary of God is His people individually collective with all of the above-listed attributes automatically flowing through their lives as they seek Him through His calling.