1176.) Exodus 27

27. Tabernacle

Exodus 27   (NRSV)

The Altar of Burnt-Offering

Ex27 altar of burnt offering

 You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and it shall be three cubits high. 2You shall make horns for it on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze.

reconstruction of a horned altar, from Beersheba in southern Israel

reconstruction of a horned altar, from Beersheba in southern Israel

Psalm 118:27 (English Standard Version)

The LORD is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!

3You shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. 4You shall also make for it a grating, a network of bronze; and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. 5You shall set it under the ledge of the altar so that the net shall extend halfway down the altar. 6You shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze; 7the poles shall be put through the rings, so that the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. 8You shall make it hollow, with boards. They shall be made just as you were shown on the mountain.

About:  the Altar of Burnt Offering

  • the bronze altar outside the tabernacle used for the sacrifices
  • symbolized how sacrifice restored one’s relationship with God

(from Life Application Bible, Tyndale and Zondervan, 1991)

The Court and Its Hangings

“Its purposes were fourfold: (1) it was a barrier in that it prevented unlawful approach; (2) it was a protection, keeping out all wild animals; (3) it was a positive line of demarcation between the world and the holy presence of God; and (4) with its single gate, it was a way of approach to God.”

“Its purposes were fourfold: (1) it was a barrier in that it prevented unlawful approach; (2) it was a protection, keeping out all wild animals; (3) it was a positive line of demarcation between the world and the holy presence of God; and (4) with its single gate, it was a way of approach to God.”  —  Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

9You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twisted linen one hundred cubits long for that side; 10its twenty pillars and their twenty bases shall be of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be of silver. 11Likewise for its length on the north side there shall be hangings one hundred cubits long, their pillars twenty and their bases twenty, of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be of silver.

12For the width of the court on the west side there shall be fifty cubits of hangings, with ten pillars and ten bases. 13The width of the court on the front to the east shall be fifty cubits. 14There shall be fifteen cubits of hangings on the one side, with three pillars and three bases. 15There shall be fifteen cubits of hangings on the other side, with three pillars and three bases.

16For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen, embroidered with needlework; it shall have four pillars and with them four bases. 17All the pillars around the court shall be banded with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their bases of bronze. 18The length of the court shall be one hundred cubits, the width fifty, and the height five cubits, with hangings of fine twisted linen and bases of bronze. 19All the utensils of the tabernacle for every use, and all its pegs and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.

27. open gate

Psalm 100:2-5 (New Living Translation)

Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

The Oil for the Lamp

picture of an olive harvest (British Museum, London)

picture of an olive harvest (British Museum, London)

20You shall further command the Israelites to bring you pure oil of beaten olives for the light, so that a lamp may be set up to burn regularly. 21In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that is before the covenant, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a perpetual ordinance to be observed throughout their generations by the Israelites.

27. lampstand

1 Samuel 3:1-4 (New International Version)

The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.

One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.  The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple  of the LORD, where the ark of God was.  Then the LORD called Samuel.

Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

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Music:

HERE  are the Maranatha Singers and “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise,” and of thanksgiving, and of joy!

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
tabernacle.   http://www.ministryofhealing.org/3AngelsImageLibrary/ExternalTabernacle.gif
Altar of Burnt-Offering.  http://www.bible-history.com/tabernacle/images/BALT9F.gif
reconstruction of the altar.   http://www.panoramio.com/photo/44325726
courtyard of the tabernacle.  http://possessthevision.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/tabernacle-courtyard.jpg
open gate.   http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xShKoSFY3o8/Ruk50JtWh0I/AAAAAAAAAAc/1Wo7ODGJ-mk/s1600/131858431_d2bc029494.jpg
olive harvest.  http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/greeks/food/pictures/oliveharvest.jpg
lampstand.    http://www.bible-history.com/tabernacle/images/GL39.gif
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