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New Book-[The Economy of God]-Chapter21-Part3


Based on this principle, let us see what are the main materials of the tabernacle. First of all, there is “the separation” of the outer court (Exo. 27:9-19; 38:9-20). It is called “the separation” because it is like the fence surrounding your property, separating and keeping it from all that is outside. The separation of the outer court is made of three main things: 1) the brass sockets, 2) the pillars, and 3) the hangings made of fine, twined linen. The base of the separating walls is made of the sockets of brass. There are twenty sockets on the north side, another twenty on the south side, ten on the west side at the rear, and ten at the front (Exo. 27)—altogether sixty sockets of brass. On each of these sockets stands a pillar, all of which are connected and united with links. The hangings on the pillars are made of fine linen, twined together with two threads. Therefore, the three main things are the brass sockets, the pillars, and the fine, twined linen hangings.

The brass which forms the base of the separation is the same material as that of the two things seen in the outer court: the brass altar and the brass laver. The spiritual meaning is that the brass sockets come from the experience of the altar and the laver. Both the altar and the laver are made out of brass; therefore, all the sockets of separation are made of brass. Within the outer court are the brass altar, the brass laver, and the brass sockets. The immediate impression people receive when they come into the outer court is that the base of the separation is brass, the same material of which the altar and the laver are made. This means that the experiences of the cross and the cleansing of the Holy Spirit are the very base for the separation of the Lord’s building.

We know that brass in type is God’s divine judgment. All that we have, all that we are, and all that we do must be put on the altar to be judged. The altar, or the cross, is first a place of judgment; God judged everything on the cross. The brass used to overlay this altar, according to Numbers 16, came from the brass censers of the 250 rebellious people. When these people who rebelled against God and Moses were judged with fire, God told Moses to pick up all their brass censers to make a cover for the altar as a memorial. This was a memorial of God’s judgment on the rebellious (Num. 16:38). In order to realize the building of the Church, all that we have, all that we can do, and all that we are need to be judged by the cross of Christ. This is the separating base of sockets for God’s building.

[Continued Tomorrow]