make the tabernacle
26:1 make the tabernacle. In this chapter, God gave Moses the precise dimensions and details of the tabernacle where He would meet with him and the people of Israel during their time in the wilderness. It must be sufficiently strong and large to withstand the elements and to serve its various functions, yet also light and portable enough to be carried from place to place. It must also be a place of beauty, since it would be the temporary earthly dwelling place of the God of creation. In many wonderful ways, it would be a type of the temple of God in heaven and of the saving work of Christ (see Hebrews 9).