The Covering of Goats’ Hair
The outer covering of the tabernacle was made of badgers’ skin. The second covering was made of rams’ skin dyed red. The third covering was a curtain made of woven goats’ hair: “Then you shall make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle” (Exo. 26:7).
When outsiders first see the church life, they may think it is rough and ugly, because they only see the badgers’ skin. When they look a little deeper, they wonder at how peaceful our life together is, but that is because of the rams’ skin dyed red. Since we are all sinners saved by grace living under the redeeming blood of Christ, we must give grace to one another. But when they see the covering of goats’ hair, they will be amazed. We, who are by nature destroyers of life, are being transformed to become a covering for God’s tabernacle. (more…)