1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basins, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
4 And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brazen rings in the four corners thereof.
5 And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.
6 And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.
7 And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it.
8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was showed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.
9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side:
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.
11 And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.
13 And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits.
14 The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
15 And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
16 And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four.
17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.
18 The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass.
19 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.
20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.
21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.
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The book of Exodus is the second book of the Old Testament in the Bible and it continues the story of the Israelites after their escape from Egypt. Chapter 27 of Exodus focuses on the construction of the altar and the courtyard of the tabernacle, which was the place of worship for the Israelites during their journey in the wilderness. This chapter also includes instructions for the priests and their duties in maintaining the tabernacle. The main themes of this chapter include the importance of worship, the symbolism of the tabernacle, and the role of the priests in the Israelite community. This chapter holds great significance for Christians as it foreshadows the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Church.
The first part of Exodus chapter 27 describes the construction of the altar and the courtyard of the tabernacle. The altar was made of acacia wood and covered in bronze, symbolizing the strength and durability of the Israelites' faith. The courtyard was a rectangular space surrounded by curtains made of fine linen, held up by pillars and sockets of bronze. This courtyard served as a sacred space for the Israelites to gather and worship God.
The altar was the central focus of the courtyard and was used for offering sacrifices to God. The sacrifices were an important part of Israelite worship and were seen as a way to atone for sins and seek forgiveness from God. The construction of the altar and the courtyard highlights the importance of worship in the Israelite community and emphasizes the need for a sacred space to connect with God.
The tabernacle was a portable sanctuary that served as a symbol of God's presence among the Israelites during their journey in the wilderness. The construction of the tabernacle was a detailed and intricate process, with every aspect holding symbolic meaning. The materials used, such as gold, silver, and fine linen, were considered precious and represented the holiness and majesty of God.
The layout of the tabernacle also held symbolic significance. The altar, located in the courtyard, represented the people's access to God through sacrifice. The Holy Place, which contained the lampstand, the table of showbread, and the altar of incense, symbolized the presence of God among His people. The Most Holy Place, separated by a thick curtain, housed the Ark of the Covenant, which held the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. This innermost chamber represented the holiness and glory of God and could only be entered by the high priest once a year on the Day of Atonement.
The symbolism of the tabernacle foreshadows the coming of Jesus Christ, who would become the ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins and the bridge between God and humanity. The tabernacle also serves as a reminder for Christians to seek God's presence and holiness in their lives.
Exodus chapter 27 also outlines the duties and responsibilities of the priests in maintaining the tabernacle. The priests were chosen by God to serve as mediators between Him and the people of Israel. They were responsible for offering sacrifices, maintaining the tabernacle, and leading the people in worship.
The priests were also responsible for keeping the fire on the altar burning at all times. This fire was seen as a symbol of God's presence and His continual provision for His people. The priests were to ensure that this fire never went out, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a constant connection with God.
For Christians, the role of the priests in the Israelite community serves as a reminder of the role of Jesus Christ as our High Priest. Through His sacrifice on the cross, He became the ultimate mediator between God and humanity, bridging the gap caused by sin.
Exodus chapter 27 holds great significance for Christians as it foreshadows the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Church. The construction of the tabernacle and the role of the priests serve as symbols of God's presence and His plan for salvation.
The altar and the courtyard remind Christians of the importance of worship and the need for a sacred space to connect with God. The symbolism of the tabernacle points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice and the way to God's presence. The role of the priests highlights the role of Jesus as our High Priest and mediator between God and humanity.
Furthermore, the construction of the tabernacle and the detailed instructions for worship serve as a reminder for Christians to approach God with reverence and holiness. The tabernacle also serves as a reminder of God's faithfulness and provision for His people, both in the past and in the present.
Overall, Exodus chapter 27 highlights the importance of worship, the symbolism of the tabernacle, and the role of Jesus Christ as our High Priest. It serves as a reminder for Christians to seek God's presence and holiness in their lives and to approach Him with reverence and gratitude for His continual provision and salvation.