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FRAMEWORKS: Exodus 27: Bronze Altar etc.


v.1-8 The Altar of Burnt Offering

v.9-19 The Courtyard

v.20-21 Oil for the Lampstand


[Again, for the modern reader, simply seek to imagine each of the following items that were essential for what became the daily and regular usage of the Tabernacle by the priests and the people respectively, that separated this people out to God from any other people on the earth.]


v.1-8 The Bronze Altar of Burnt Offering


v.1 “Build an altar of acacia wood, about 4.5 feet (1.4m) high; it is to be square, about 7.5 feet (2.3m) long and wide .

v.2 Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.

v.3 Make all its utensils of bronze—its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans.

v.4 Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network.

v.5 Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar.

v.6 Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze.

v.7 The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried.

v.8 Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.


[Notes: A wooden altar, quite high at roughly four and a half feet tall, and big – seven and a half feet square. [v.1] It is to be made of wooden boards so it is hollow [v.8] with a grill halfway down [v.4,5], presumably for the fire for ‘burnt offerings'. There was a ‘horn' at each corner, [v.2] the use of which we will see later and the whole thing was covered with bronze, together with bronze utensils. Note the use of bronze and not gold, for a working altar on which sacrifices were burnt. As with other movable pieces it had rings for carrying poles.]



v.9-19 The Courtyard


v.9 “Make a courtyard for the tabernacle. The south side shall be about 150 feet (45m) long and is to have curtains of finely twisted linen,

v.10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.

v.11 The north side shall also be about 150 feet (45m) long and is to have curtains, with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.

v.12 “The west end of the courtyard shall be about 75 feet (23m) wide and have curtains, with ten posts and ten bases.

v.13 On the east end , toward the sunrise, the courtyard shall also be about 75 feet (23m).

v.14 Curtains about 23 feet (6.8m) long are to be on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases,

v.15 and curtains about 23 feet (6.8m) long are to be on the other side, with three posts and three bases.

v.16 “For the entrance to the courtyard, provide a curtain about 30 feet (9m) long, of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer—with four posts and four bases.

v.17 All the posts around the courtyard are to have silver bands and hooks, and bronze bases.

v.18 The courtyard shall be about 150 feet (45m) long and 75 feet (32m) wide with curtains of finely twisted linen about 7.5 feet (2.3m ] high, and with bronze bases.

v.19 All the other articles used in the service of the tabernacle, whatever their function, including all the tent pegs for it and those for the courtyard, are to be of bronze.


[Notes: Basically a fence of curtains to surround the Tabernacle, overall 150 feet long by 75 feet wide and seven and a half feet high. At the front (east) end, the entrance is to be central, about thirty feet wide with a single curtain.]


v.20-21 Oil for the Lampstand


v.20 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.

v.21 In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come.


[Notes: Oil for the lamps for the golden lampstand in the Holy Place is prescribed and the lamps are to be kept burning from dusk to daybreak. Presumably the doorway(s) to that area are kept open in the daytime providing light for the limited activity in there – see later.]



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