The Tabernacle’s Veil

Veils hide things. They are there to only allow those who are intimate in. They keep the common and non family out.

There were actually two veils in the Tabernacle, one served as the door of the tent and the other separated the holy place from the holy of holies.

Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, Heb 9:3 

However it is the inner one we are interested in. Anyone could look in through that first veil, in fact it is called a screen and may not have been woven as tight as the second one. Only on the Day of Atonement, i.e., Yom Kippur would one be allowed to go through this veil and that one is only the High Priest.

Holy_Place_the_Veil“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet stuff and fine twined linen; in skilled work shall it be made, with cherubim;  32 and you shall hang it upon four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold, upon four bases of silver.  33 And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in thither within the veil; and the veil shall separate for you the holy place from the most holy.  34 You shall put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.  35 And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table; and you shall put the table on the north side.” 

36   “And you shall make a screen for the door of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet stuff and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.  37 And you shall make for the screen five pillars of acacia, and overlay them with gold; their hooks shall be of gold, and you shall cast five bases of bronze for them.” Ex. 26:31-37  

This veil colors represented the life, work, and death of Messiah. For He is the true king, he was crucified for the sin of the world, and by His blood we are washed clean.

  • Blue, when a person is crucified the cause of death is asphyxia, or lack of oxygen this causes a bluing of the extremities especially the around the fingernails and lips.
  • Purple, the royal color worn by kings.
  • Scarlet, the color of blood

For centuries it stood as a barrier between man and God. Then when its symbology was fulfilled it was rent so all may go in and approach the Throne.

The Veil was Torn

Ripped VielAnd behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; Matt. 27:51 

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Mark 15:38 

. . . while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Luke 23:45

All is Open

Our true high priest now stands in full view, showing to all the world the wonders of our salvation. All may now be intimate.

19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.  Heb. 6:19-20

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One thought on “The Tabernacle’s Veil

  1. …curtain of the temple… (Luke 23:45)
    καταπέτασμα [ka-ta-PE-tas-ma] veil, curtain (the inner veil of the temple)
    This is not the usual word for a woman’s veil.
    [G] Rabban Simeon b. Gamaliel says in the name of R. Simeon, son of the prefect, “The veil was a handbreadth thick, and was woven on a loom of seventy-two cords,
    [H] “and each cord was made up of twenty-four threads.
    [I] “It was forty cubits long, and twenty cubits broad.
    [J] “It was made up of eighty-two times ten thousand threads.
    [K] “And they make two a year.
    [L] “And three hundred priests are needed to immerse it.”
    –Talmud (y. Sheqalim 8:2 G-L)
    Ripping this curtain in two was no small feat. It had to be supernatural.

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