January 26, 2006
Read Exodus 26
Directions given for constructing the Tabernacle, court, furniture, and enclosure; plans for Altar; Aaron's priestly garments; ephod
Just inside the courtyard which surrounded the Tabernacle stood the Brazen Altar (Exodus 27:1-8; 38:30), also called the Altar of Burnt Offering (30:28). God had said to Moses: Thou shalt make an Altar of shittim (acacia) wood. . . . and thou shalt overlay it with brass (27:1-2). Throughout the Bible, brass is a symbol of the judgment of God upon sin (compare Numbers 21:6-9; John 3:14-16). Sacrifices were offered on the Brazen Altar, with its fire which was kindled by an act of God and which was never to be allowed to go out (Leviticus 6:13). This was a daily demonstration of the mercy of God because the fire of judgment, which was required by the holiness of God, accepted an animal as a substitute for the guilty sinner
In sacrificing an unblemished animal, the Israelite understood that the animal's life was being forfeited in his place because of sins he had committed. He knew that it was only through the sinless animal being slain on his behalf that he was restored to a right relationship with our holy God. The worshiper entered the one door into the outer court and approached the Brazen Altar. Then he placed his hands upon his sacrifice to signify his guilt being transferred to the innocent animal and then he killed it (Leviticus 1:4-5)
Between the Altar and the Tabernacle was the large Brass Laver made from many brass mirrors which the women of the camp had provided (Exodus 38:8). Each day after the priest had offered a sacrifice, he approached the Laver of Brass (30:17-21) and washed his hands and feet before ministering in the
God used the Romans to destroy Herod's
Christ gave Himself for the Church that He might sanctify (set apart for sacred service) and cleanse (make clean, purify) it with the washing of water by the Word (Ephesians 5:26).
Through the Brazen Altar, upon which the Sin Offering was burned (Exodus 27:1-8; Leviticus 4:1-12). Jesus' offering of Himself as the final sacrifice was the fulfillment of all Old Testament altars as well as all sacrificial offerings. Jesus Christ. . . . In whom we have redemption through His blood (Ephesians 1:5-7; John 1:29,36; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:12).
26:6 taches = devices for fastening two parts together; 26:19 tenons = projections that fit into one another; 27:6 staves = poles for carrying; 27:21 order it = keep it burning; 28:8 curious girdle = skillfully made belt; 28:32 hole of an habergeon = neck in a jacket or protective armor.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Colossians 1:15