John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- In this chapter, 1. The work of the tabernacle is begun, verse 1-4.
- II. A stop put to the people's contributions, verse 5-7.
- III. A particular account of the making the tabernacle; the fine curtains of it, verse 8-13.
- The coarse ones, verse 14-19.
- The boards, verse 20-30: The bars, verse
- 31-34 The partition veil, verse 35, 36.
- and the hangings of the door, verse 37, 38.
And Moses called Bezaleel - "Even those whom God has qualified for, and inclined to the service of the tabernacle, yet must wait for a call to it, either extraordinary, as that of preachers and apostles, or ordinary, as that of pastors and teachers. And observe who they were that Moses called; those in whose heart God had put wisdom for this purpose, beyond their natural capacity, and whose heart stirred him up to come to the work in good earnest." Those are to be called to the building of the gospel tabernacle, whom God has by his grace made in some measure fit for the work, and free to it: ability and willingness, with resolution, are the two things to be regarded in the call of ministers.
The veil made for a partition between the holy place and the most holy, signified the darkness and distance of that dispensation compared with the New Testament, which shews us the glory of God more clearly, and invites us to draw near to it; and the darkness and distance of our present state in comparison with heaven, where we shall be ever with the Lord, and see him as he is|.
An hanging - Which divided the holy place from the court.