Read 30.) Exodus 29:1 thru 31:18. With these 3 chapters, we have how the priests would be set-apart for their service unto the Lord (with an introduction to Israel’s different offerings), another piece of Tabernacle furniture, a bronze wash basin, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and then close with an account of who would construct all these things, which should have a point of special interest for us.
First, chapter 29. Aaron and his 2 sons were to be consecrated to the priesthood. After dressing them in their new garments, there would be a sin offering and then a burnt offering by which they would be set-apart. Next, comes a ram for their ordination used as a wave offering. This entire process was to take 7 days, and we will read of it in just a few days, in Leviticus 8. Beginning with verse 38, we learn of the institution of the daily morning and evening sacrifices the priests were to offer, and how that afterward, God would dwell among them, which we will read of in the last chapter of Exodus, number 40.
From chapter 30, we have another item of Tabernacle furniture and its function. Verses 1 thru 10 tell of the 41″ high, 21″ square Altar of Incense before the separating curtain between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Yesterday, we saw what the other furniture would signify. This altar means that God would hear the prayer of sinners! Verses 17 thru 21 speak of the priests’ bronze Basin for Washing, which speaks of the need for regular, continual and ongoing cleansing for service, much as we need I John 1:9, and Jesus washed His disciples feet in John chapter 13. Chapter 30 ends with the formula for the blending of the incense to be burned on the Altar of Incense. This would represent the prayers of the people, as it wafted up before the priest in the Holy Place, to the very ‘nostrils of God’. He invites and welcomes the entreaties of people! We can call out to Him!
Then chapter 31. The first 11 verses tell of 2 particular men who would be uniquely skilled of the Lord by His Spirit to oversee the construction of all these things from wood, metals and fabrics. This is of particular interest, because, first of all… they had been slaves, who knew only how to make bricks of mud and straw, but secondly, these 2 would be extraordinarily skilled; as a person is almost always only going to be gifted to work in metal, or wood, or textiles, but almost never in more than one, but, in this instance, all 3! I personally know woodworkers, jewelers, tailors and seamstresses. I could go to any of them, and ask if they would do something in a material, other than their specialty, and each one would defer to the special skills of the other. This truly was a miracle of God! The chapter ends with further admonition to observe Sabbath days, and then ends Moses’ 40 days on the mountain with God. It’s now about August 1446 BC. All this because God wanted to come and dwell among men! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell