Posts Tagged ‘The Tabernacle’

Exodus 30:22-38 Temple Recipes

Artistic blending of individual fragrances created God’s unique fragrance.

God gives His recipes for the anointing oil and incense now. He called for their use earlier and now He tells Moses how to prepare them.

I wish my bible had a scratch and sniff part for this portion. I would love to smell the aroma of the recipes God gave Moses. Each of these ingredients has their own smell but when the perfumer got finished with them I bet it was something to behold! God gave Moses two distinct recipes. There was no overlap in ingredients. Of all of them listed, the only one I can claim to have actually smelled is cinnamon. I would love to smell all the others but some of them I haven’t even heard of before. Read more »

Exodus 30:17-21 Bronze Basin

We don’t know the dimension or even the shape but we do know the purpose.

This is the last piece of furnishing for God’s house. It was also the last stop before entering His house. Here the outside sin was washed away.

Before we get going today I want to apologize for being inconsistent lately. Two issues have taken a BIG bite out of my time. One is helping my son in law as he completes college courses to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). This process will conclude in March 2020. The other is more person; it is pain. I’m struggling with severe arthritis pain right now and am finding it hard to concentrate. Hopefully my health care team will get this addressed SOON!

Now that that is out of the way, let’s get on with our study. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Read more »

Exodus 30:11-16 Census Tax

I don’t know if this is what it looked like when God commanded Moses or not. Wonder how much it would translate into today’s economy?

It was time for the people to “put their money where their mouth was” in thanking God for freeing them. Every person would pay the same price; a ransom for their lives.

God wasn’t holding them “hostage” and demanding a ransom. Instead He had already freed them and was requiring an act of thanks. Each life was worth exactly the same amount. It didn’t matter if the person was rich, poor, famous, or an unknown. Each person, 20 years and older was required to pay this tax.

I have a question here; big surprise huh. Would there be an argument from some because they never wanted to be ransomed in the first place? I fully believe that if God hadn’t caused so much trouble in Egypt for the Hebrews that some of them would have decided to stay behind. But the Egyptians “drove them out” as an act of self-preservation. Several times already the people have voiced that they really didn’t want to go on this journey. Would they feel put upon when told to pay this tax? Read more »

Exodus 30:1-10 Incense Altar

The aroma of the incense was always before God.

This is the last piece of indoor furniture for God’s house; the altar of incense. This will hold God’s special aromatherapy pieces.

Forgive me if I sounded flippant when describing where we are going today. I’m not trying to be. It is that this altar will hold a special fragrance that is ONLY to be made for God. His own scent. No perfumer will be allowed to make it for ANY other reason.

This piece of furniture is taller than all the other pieces in the tabernacle. I don’t know for sure if it is taller than the ark WITH the mercy seat attached though. We have no height for the lampstand though so I can’t judge against that either. Read more »

Exodus 29:1-46 Consecration

Moses places the blood of the ordination offering on the right ear tip, right thumb, and right big toe.

God takes Moses through the ‘swearing in ceremony’ for Aaron and his sons. This is the anointing of them as priests before Him.

God is not waiting until after His house is built to instruct Moses on what is to take place there. He jumps into setting up the priesthood before He even finished describing the furnishings. I have to admit I’m a little curious as to why that is. He even references the anointing oil that He has not provided the recipe for yet. I’m sure He must have had some reason for His order. Maybe Moses or Joshua were getting bogged down in detail on the other pieces so He switched it up to give their minds a break.

One question that immediately popped into my head when reading this is; where are they going to get the ‘fine wheat flour” required for making the unleavened bread? The people have been out of Egypt for some time and they didn’t bring any stores with them when they left. God has been providing mana every day for them to use in their meal prep. There are no grocery stores where they can dash over and get what they lack. I recognize that it would take considerable time to complete the tabernacle (God’s home) so maybe they sent Read more »