And you shall make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.…
Each board of shittim wood, overlaid with gold, seems to pourtray the Lord Jesus Himself, the Son of God, the Son of Man. The shittim wood, incorruptible wood, being a shadow of that great truth, that He "partook of flesh and blood"; "the seed of the woman"; "the Second Man"; "from heaven"; yet "the Son of David"; "of the fruit of His loins"; and at the same time "the Son of the Highest"; born of the Virgin, "the Man Christ Jesus"; made "in the likeness of sinful flesh"; though, unlike any other man that ever lived on earth, incorrupt and incorruptible; having a body prepared for Him by God, in order that He might die; but without taint of mortality or death in Him. The gold also presents the other great truth, that He is "the mighty God"; "the brightness of God's glory"; "the only begotten of the Father"; "the Son" from everlasting, and to everlasting. The boards are like the ribs of truth, the massive framework, without which no dwelling-place of God could be created; no meeting-place between God and man provided. If the wood could corrupt, or if the fine gold could become dim, if the taint of mortality, or mouldering flesh, be connected, by human theory or speculation, with the glorious Emmanuel, the Tabernacle of God must tremble and totter; the great truths of salvation are shaken, and a mis-shapen mass of ruin takes the place of the divinely ordered palace of the Most High. The massive framework of the golden boards and bars formed a compact structure, over which the curtains and coverings were suspended. They were to the curtains what the poles are to a tent. They upheld and sustained the glorious display of the blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen cherubim, as also the goats'-hair curtains. Thus what the Lord Jesus Himself was and is, viz., Son of God, Son of Man — that He has made manifest in His life, and above all, in His death; and His blessed work there derives all its unspeakable value and eternal efficacy from Himself. It is faith in Him that is salvation.
(H. W. Soltau.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.