October 22 – Exodus 27:1-19


October 22 – Exodus 27:1-19

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Exodus 27:1-19
27 “You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. And you 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. You shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and fire pans. You shall make all its utensils of bronze. You 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. And you shall set it under the ledge of the altar so that the net extends halfway down the altar. And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. And the poles shall be put through the rings, so that the poles are on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. You shall make it hollow, with boards. As it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made.
“You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side. 10 Its twenty pillars and their twenty bases shall be of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 11 And likewise for its length on the north side there shall be hangings a hundred cubits long, its pillars twenty and their bases twenty, of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side there shall be hangings for fifty cubits, with ten pillars and ten bases. 13 The breadth of the court on the front to the east shall be fifty cubits. 14 The hangings for the one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. 15 On the other side the hangings shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. 16 For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. It shall have four pillars and with them four bases. 17 All the pillars around the court shall be filleted with silver. Their hooks shall be of silver, and their bases of bronze. 18 The length of the court shall be a hundred cubits, the breadth fifty, and the height five cubits, with hangings of fine twined linen and bases of bronze. 19 All the utensils of the tabernacle for every use, and all its pegs and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.

As we are seeing the instructions coming to an end on how to build the tabernacle there is a question that lingers in my mind that I truly don’t have the answer for, but I know there has to be a reason.
Why were the furnishings outside the curtain be made of bronze while those inside the curtain and the ark of the covenant are made of gold?
I know God doesn’t do anything without reason. I love that acacia wood was used as it is known to be beautiful as well as durable, which makes me think of the love of God for us. Beautiful and long lasting.
Are there other questions you have about symbolism and the construction of this tabernacle?
Imagine how it must have been over the 40 years they spent in the wilderness to take this tabernacle down and put it back up as they moved from place to place.

Heavenly Father, I can’t imagine how beautiful this tabernacle must have been. It must have been an amazing sight to see the colors jump out from the neutral colors of the desert. I’m sure it gave the Israelites joy to see Your home sitting in the midst of them and know they had built it themselves. Your presence and the physical beauty it held had to give them a sense of peace as they spent so many years living on the go.
I sometimes wonder if they realized the eleven-day trip they could have had if only they had truly believed in You and been obedient. How often have I wandered in a spiritual wilderness when I could have been about Your work if not for my own desires and selfish behavior? Thank You Father for loving me in spite of my sinful nature and disobedience. I know I don’t deserve Your patience, yet You give it wrapped up in love. What a mighty and loving God You are.
In Jesus’ name.


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