devotional post # 2267
Num 4:7 And over the table of the Face they will spread a cloth of blue and put on it the plates, the dishes for incense, the bowls, and the flagons for the drink offering; the regular bread also will be on it.
Num 4:8 Then they will spread over them a cloth of scarlet and cover the same with a covering of goatskin, and shall put in its poles.
Num 4:9 And they will take a cloth of blue and cover the lampstand for the light, with its lamps, its tongs, its trays, and all the vessels for oil with which it is supplied.
Num 4:10 And they will put it with all its utensils in a covering of goatskin and put it on the carrying frame.
Num 4:11 And over the golden altar they will spread a cloth of blue and cover it with a covering of goatskin, and will put in its poles.
Num 4:12 And they will take all the vessels of the service that are used in the sanctuary and put them in a cloth of blue and cover them with a covering of goatskin and put them on the carrying frame.
What is the significance of the blue cloth used to cover the sacred objects and furniture of the tabernacle? The blue probably signifies the sky. Many of the settings of the tabernacle seem to be patterned after the earth and the sky. The New Testament refers to the coming kingdom as the kingdom from the sky. As shadows reflecting that coming kingdom, the sacred objects were each reflections of an eternity given by grace from a transcendent God who wants to be present among his people.
LORD, thank you for the hope of a coming sky kingdom.