Mark Morris – Fillets and attaching Ex 27

Mark Morris – Fillets and attaching Ex 27

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Ex 27 – Fillets and attaching

Read v9 – 19

Part of the book of exodus where the pattern of the tabernacle is shown to Moses.

This section is just about the court of the tabernacle. It is described in differing sizes and components and the sides of it.

The parts are made up from these:

Pillars (stand)

sockets (this is the word for Lord)


Fillets (of silver)

Same pattern on each side of the court.

The sockets – word for Lord

Luke 22 – Jesus teaches us about this.

25. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

26. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

27. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

Jesus is the Lord, but the exposition of it is that he is a servant. This is why the sockets are the base of the pillar and contribute to the stability of the pillar.

Modern gentile take is that in business the senior team is there to support the rest of the organisation. A more enlightened approach.

There is a lot of repetition in Exodus, we can see this here. Even though some of the sides are identical, there is a full description of how it is constructed. This is obviously important.

5 chapters of how to be made, 5 chapters of it being made, then a summary of how it is made. There are also things that aren’t mentioned!

Here we see that how the pillars are held up is not mentioned.

v19. All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.

The pins are like tent pegs as we know there are cords from another reference.

If we look at the pins in Ex 35

18. The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords,

The cords are not mentioned in the pattern or in Ex 27.

The cords are implicit to the construction of the pegs. God doesn’t always say something all the time.

What do the cords attach to at the other end?

Ex 27 v 10

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 AV calls them fillets. The word fillet is an attachment.


1 Kings 7

v19 – Pillars. We know they have wheels v30. Then we have a description of how they were made in v33.

33. And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and their spokes, were all molten.

H2839 A Felloe is part of the rim of a wheel and how the spokes connect to the rim.

How do we know that this is an attachment? Well, we know in it’s verbal form we can see this.

Gen 34

8. And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

The use of this verbal form is often used in an emotional way. Here it is this longing.

The verb is use in Ex 27

17. All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.

The pillar doesn’t have feelings, nor does it long for something. It is therefore easy to see how it is about attachment.

This notion of being attached is significant.


Deu 21

11. And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;

The desiring happens before she becomes his proper wife.

Deu 7

Here it is used about God.

5. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

6. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

7. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

8. But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

v7 – Yahweh did not attach among you…

There is a problem with the word love as a translation here, you can see this in v8 where it describes that he DOES love them.

This is repeated in chapter 10.

12. And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear theLORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

13. To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

14. Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

15. Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

He was attached to love them (the fathers and their seed)

The notion of attachment of the cords to the pillars and contributing to the upstanding of the tabernacle is right at the core of Yahweh being attached to his people. It isn’t a trivial thing.

Isa 38

17. Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

“You have attached my soul from the pit of corruption”

This is a factor of Hezekiah’s deliverance from death.

Ps 91

11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

The man is attached to the woman, Yahweh is attached to the people etc (man to woman)

Here it is the other way round. We know this is Jesus because of when he was in the wilderness.

In v 14 there is a switch. “I” will deliver him. He has attached in me (Yahweh) – therefore I will deliver him.

This reminds us that Jesus was saved from death by God.

Ex 27

When we look at the tabernacle we see a parable between it and the ecclesia. The way it is constructed is like the body. All these things are required for the tabernacle to be made as one and stand there.

It is how we are together as one. Peter and others are described as pillars of the church.

There is dependancy on each other. The sockets themselves are not enough on their own and vice versa. You need all the different aspects, the body needs all the members together.

Mat Foster added

Looking at the cords and pins we can get further information about the construction.

Ps 11

1. To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

2. For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

3. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

This shows us graphically what the cord is like. It has tension with the bow. Helps to illustrate the use on the tabernacle.

Isa 54

1. Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

2. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

3. For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

We can see that the cords are linked to the strengthening of the stakes.

Cords are the same as the tabernacle, stakes are the pins. Here the enlarging of the tent has stretching, lengthening, strengthening. Erecting a tent or the tabernacle is a process that the C of I would have seen, there were actions to be completed on each moving of the tabernacle. These had lessons for the people. They had to work with the Manna as the word and also they would have had to adjust the tabernacle etc constantly. Similar patterns.

Here the tent is to be enlarged for the adoption of the gentiles!

Eph 4 – very familiar with this passage, but look at it in this light.

15. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16. From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Note that it speaks of the growing up into him which when we think of the sockets being at the base of the pillars, this is appropriate. Also note that the body is fitly joined together, but that it’s to increase the body and grow! We can think of erecting the tabernacle and how it would have grown. The type of adjusting that goes on in Isa 54 is similar.

Eph 2

19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

21. In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

22. In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Further confirmation of Christ being at the base of the structure. Here, the fitly framed is the same as fitly joined in Eph 4, and here you can see it is about growing into a holy temple.