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Ark of the Covenant
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“…Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.”

Ex. 26:1


The inner sanctuary, which contained the Most Holy Place and the Holy place was first covered with the curtain of the tabernacle. This curtain was comprised of the following colors: white (linen), blue, purple, and scarlet. Within the curtain was sewn cherubic imagery. There is no known historical record of what pattern of this curtain looked like. All depictions below are my artistic interpretation. The curtain itself was comprised of ten smaller curtains connected together. Each of the ten curtains was four cubits by twenty eight cubits.

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The ten curtains were ultimately fastened together and placed atop the inner sanctuary. The ability to separate them was no doubt given by the Lord so as to make them easier to make, and transport. Five curtains were coupled together using blue loops that were sewn into each individual curtain (Ex. 26:3-5). This formed two groups of five curtains.

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These two groups were then fastened to one another using fifty clasps of gold to form a single combined curtain.

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The combined curtain was then placed on top of the inner sanctuary as follows.

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The use of Cherubic imagery as the first covering of the sanctuary ties the tabernacle as a symbol of the Garden of Eden, or the presence of God. Recall that after Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden, the Lord “placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Gen. 3:24).

The following image is as if you were looking up from underneath the tabernacle at the ceiling, which would be the curtain. The Cherubic imagery would have been beautiful, and would continually suggest to the mind the holiness of the inner sanctuary. It would also suggest that one’s approach to God is not to be taken lightly.

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