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Exodus 38:1 And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof. 2 And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass. 3 And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basins, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass. 4 And he made for the altar a brazen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it. 5 And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves. 6 And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass. 7 And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards. 8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 9 And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were

Once again, this is practically the same material covered in Exodus 25-27. It was on the brazen altar that sin was judged. It was on this altar that the sin problem was taken care of in Israel. The mirrors were all made of highly polished brass. Mirrors show us our faults and our need for cleansing and cleansing was why the laver was needed. We have mirrors and wash basins in our bathrooms today for the same reason. No amount of washing can cleanse us from sin, however. It takes the righteous blood of Christ to do that!

The tabernacle was carried on rods placed through rings in the various articles of furniture and walls. It was carried by the priests to the spot where it was to be set up and placed on the ground. It was then put up from the inside out beginning with the Holy of Holies. The rest of the tabernacle was set up around the ark of the covenant.

16 All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen. 17 And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver. 18 And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.

One theory about the colors of the linen used for wall hangings is that each color tells something of Jesus Christ. Blue speaks of His deity, scarlet speaks of His humanity and the blood He shed and the blue and scarlet combined makes purple which speaks of His royalty. The fence on the outside of the tabernacle was about 7 1/2 feet tall. It had to be tall enough so no one could look over it. The rituals of the priests were kept a very private thing, almost secret.

25 And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 26 A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.

Silver was the metal of redemption for the Jews.

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CHAPTER 39

Exodus 39:1 And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses. 2 And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. 3 And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work. 4 They made shoulderpieces for it, to couple it together: by the two edges was it coupled together. 5 And the curious girdle of his ephod, that was upon it, was of the same, according to the work thereof; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; as the LORD commanded Moses. 6 And they wrought onyx stones enclosed in ouches of gold, graven, as signets are graven, with the names of the children of Israel. 7 And he put them on the shoulders of the ephod, that they should be stones for a memorial to the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Aaron was the high priest and the holy garments were made for him. They were called holy because they were only worn when he was in the tabernacle in the service of God. The curious girdle was woven in an unusual way. Aaron worn eight pieces of clothing. Four were similar to the ones worn by the other priests but the other four were made only for Aaron and separated him from the other priests. On the Day of Atonement, when Aaron took the blood into the Holy of Holies, he did not wear the beautiful outer garments he wore on other days. He wore a simple linen garment like the other priests wore. God looks on the heart, not the outward appearance. Jesus laid aside his royal garments when he came here to earth to minister to us and when he was crucified, he was striped of his robe, also.

The high priest's clothes were very beautiful. The ephod had two stones, one on each shoulder and each stone had 6 names of the tribes of Isreal on it. He was carrying the nation on his shoulders. The breastplate looked like a vest. It had twelve stones on it and it probably had a pocket to carry the Urim and Thummim in. These were most likely small stones used for divining the will of God in some way. The robe of the ephod had golden bells and pomegranates sewn around the hem so the high priest could be heard moving around in the Holy of Holies while he was serving.

When the tabernacle furniture was all made, the wall hangings were finished and the priests clothes were sewn, they brought everything to Moses for his approval. Moses must have liked what he saw for verse 43 says he blessed them.

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CHAPTER 40

Exodus 17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up. 18 And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and fastened his sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up his pillars. 19 And he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it; as the LORD commanded Moses. 20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark: 21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony; as the LORD commanded Moses. 22 And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the veil. 23 And he set the bread in order upon it before the LORD; as the LORD had commanded Moses. 24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward. 25 And he lighted the lamps before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses. 26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation before the veil: 27 And he burnt sweet incense thereon; as the LORD commanded Moses. 28 And he set up the hanging at the door of the tabernacle. 29 And he put the altar of burnt offering by the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation, and offered upon it the burnt offering and the meat offering; as the LORD commanded Moses. 30 And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal. 31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat: 32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the LORD commanded Moses. 33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work. 34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: 37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

The tabernacle was finally finished and set up according to the plan God had given Moses on the mount. After everything was in it's place, the glory cloud covered the tent and the Lord entered into it. This was the place where He would meet with Israel and He was pleased with it. Israel was the only people to have the visible presence of God dwelling with them. As long as God wanted Israel to stay where they were, the cloud remained over the tabernacle. When they were to move on, the cloud would move. At night a fire hovered over the tent. They never made a move on their own, they waited on God to tell them when to go and when to stay. They did not vote, Moses did not make any decisions, God told them what to do. Wouldn't it be great to have a glory cloud over our lives? Well, we can have if we will just pray and wait on the Lord's direction for our lives. But we get in too big a hurry and can't wait for the cloud to lift. We move without God's approval.

This is the end of the book of Exodus. It started out with God's people slaves in Egypt and closed with the glorious presence of God hovering over them in the wilderness. God is always willing to deliver His people from slavery, but we must be willing to leave Egypt and go in the direction He leads us!

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