And you shall make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.…
I. THAT INVINCIBLE STRENGTH UNDERLIES THE APPARENT WEAKNESS OF THE GOSPEL.
II. THAT THE GOSPEL, DESPITE ALL ITS NATURAL AND HUMAN ASPECTS, HAS A DIVINE CHARACTER AND BASIS. Our faith rests in the power of God.
III. THAT OUT OF THE STRENGTH OF CHRIST SPRING THE HIGHEST GLORY AND JOY (ver. 29). Let the Church seek to realize its full privilege in Christ. In character, we are often satisfied with the bare boards of mere honesty and uprightness; in experience, we are content with the boards and bars, a mere sense of safety; in hope, we rest content with the bare expectation of pulling through in the judgment. The gilded boards of the Tabernacle are eloquent illustrations of the New Testament doctrine that in Christ we must rise to beauty, to brightness, to bliss.
IV. THAT CHRIST IS AN EVERLASTING DWELLING-PLACE TO HIS PEOPLE. Tabernacle built of boards of acacia, a wood so durable it does not rot even in water. The strength of Christ is everlasting.
(W. L. Watkinson.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.