Silver plays a key role in the Gospel message. Without it, the Tabernacle would be just another tent. Its spiritual value surpasses gold. Let’s see what we can find.
Exodus 27:9-10 NKJV “You shall also make the court of the tabernacle. For the south side there shall be hangings for the court made of fine woven linen, one hundred cubits long for one side. 10 And its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets shall be bronze. The hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be silver.
And here is verse 10 in the King James Version. Do you see the difference?
10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
The bands or fillets are the rods between the pillars holding up the curtains.
Later we will see the use of silver in the Tabernacle as well.
Silver is seen most often in the Bible as money. The present-day Hebrew word for money is “keceph” כֶּסֶף—Silver.
There is a connection between blood atonement and silver.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. — Leviticus 17:11
…you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19
Silver was considered the price of blood as seen in the story of Judas. Here is my paraphrase of Matthew 26:14-16, and 27:3-9.
Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him (Jesus) to you?” The chief priests counted out to him thirty pieces of silver . . .
Later, after he betrayed Jesus, Judas, brought back the thirty pieces of silver. With head bowed, tears slid down Judas’ face. “I have sinned and betrayed innocent blood,” he said, wringing his hands.
“What is that to us?” They replied with a smirk.
In shame, Judas threw down the pieces of silver in the temple, departed, and went and hanged himself.
The chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.”
After consultation, they bought the potter’s field with the silver. Strangers would be buried there. Since then, this plot of land has been called the Field of Blood.
The word Silver is Strong’s #3701 – kesep כֶּסֶף It is defined as silver (from its pale color), or money.
But the letters will tell us more:
Kaf 20 = Anointing of the hand on the head, Redemption. Means: To Bend Down, Surrender, Palm of the Hand, Wing – Good works with our hand in Yeshua
Samekh 60 = Pride, Conceit, Earthly. Picture: A Tree propped up by a piece of wood. Means: To Lean Upon, a Prop or Aid, Hold, Assist or Support – the heart of God
Pey/Fey 80 = New Governmental Order. Means: Mouth, to Speak, Open or Beginning.
Silver is a picture of Redemption— It is (Samekh) God’s heart, assisting, and supporting us with (Kaf) Redemption, and (Pey) A New Beginning.
John 3:16-17– For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
In Exodus 6:6 we find one of God’s promises to Moses and Israel:
Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
The word redemption is not in the Old Testament, but Redeemer is.
Redeemer: is Strong’s #1350 and it looks like this: גָּאַל It means to redeem, to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow, etc.) to avenge, deliver, to perform the part of a near kinsman, to purchase, to ransom, a redeemer.
Here are the letters:
Gimmel 3= Divine perfection Means: Camel, Generous Rich man, To Lift up, to Give, to Benefit, to Toil
Aleph 1= God – Echad – Unity, Unique (no other like it) Means: Ox head—Strength or Leader, Most Important, First – The Strength and Power of the leader
Lamed 30 = Blood of Messiah, Dedication to a task. Means: Staff, Goad or Stick, to Teach or Instruct, Authority, to Control, Urge Forward, a Tongue
The word Redeemer tells us that (Aleph) God in His (Lamed) Authority and (Gimmel) Generosity Gave the (Lamed) Blood of Messiah to redeem us.
Isaiah 44:6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And His Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
The silver hooks placed on top of the courtyard pillars held up the white linen curtain of righteousness. Our righteousness In Christ is dependent on His redemption.
Everything in the Tabernacle displays God’s blessings to us. Take some time to praise Him this week for His gift of redemption.
I personalized Psalm 103:2-5. It is worthy praise to our God.
Psalm 103:2-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all my iniquities, Who heals all my diseases, 4 Who redeems my life from destruction, Who crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies my mouth with good things, So that my youth is renewed like the eagles.
Thank You, LORD!
Next time we will finish the courtyard fence and begin examining the gate.