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Linen

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Linen was made from the flax plant. The plants were pulled up by their roots and dried before undergoing a process known as “retting,” which… Read More »Linen

Furniture

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Every piece of furniture in the tabernacle was crafted according to God’s plan. Each item represented something about God’s character: his sovereignty, his generosity, his… Read More »Furniture

Cubits

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Cubits were a basic unit of measurement in Israel. One cubit equaled the distance from the elbow to the fingertips—about 18 inches (46 cm).

Acacia wood

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Acacia wood was highly valued for its beauty and durability. Around the Mediterranean, some acacias are like shrubs, while others grow up to 50 feet… Read More »Acacia wood

Altar of incense

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Altar of incense. Incense was burned to purify the altars after animals had been slaughtered there. Incense also symbolized Israel’s constant prayer to God.

Veil

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A veil separated the altar from the Most Holy Place of God’s presence in the tabernacle and later in the temple. Aaron the priest was… Read More »Veil

Gold bells

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The gold bells along the hems of the high priest’s garment (28:33) served two purposes. They alerted people that the high priest was present, and… Read More »Gold bells

Restitution

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Restitution. The Mosaic law decreed that those who caused others to lose property, through either theft or carelessness, had to make full restitution for the… Read More »Restitution