Today’s reading is: Ex. 29-31
Exodus Chapter Twenty-Nine
- Intricate and extensive procedures are put in place for the consecration and ordination of Aaron and his sons to the priesthood (Ex. 29:1-37).
- קָדַשׁ qādash #6942: consecrate, sanctify, set apart. The only chapter in the Bible where qādash appears 10x. Hebrew equivalent of ἁγιάζω hagiazō #37 (Jn. 17:17,19; Acts 20:32; 1st Cor. 1:2; 6:11; 2nd Tim. 2:21; Heb. 10:10,14,29; 1st Pet. 3:15).
- מָלֵא mālē’ #4390: to fill. “Fill the hand” is the idiom for ordaining. The only chapter in the Bible where this idiom appears 4x (Ex. 29:9,29,33,35).
- The nature of Israel’s daily offerings is described (Ex. 29:38-46).
Exodus Chapter Thirty
- One final article of furniture for the Holy Place remains to be constructed—the altar of incense (Ex. 30:1-10).
- This altar is the place of prayer, where a sweet smelling savor can rise up before the presence of God (Rev. 8:3,4).
- Acacia wood overlaid with gold again pictures Christ, as the only Name by which we can approach the Father in prayer (Heb. 9:24; 1st Jn. 2:2; Heb. 12:24; 4:16).
- Believers are to be altars of incense in our lives (2nd Cor. 2:14-16; Phil. 4:18).
- A census and specific “tax” is stipulated for the silver donations for the tabernacle (Ex. 30:11-16). This will show the contrast between what a person “has to give” and what a grace-oriented believer “wants to give.”
- One final item remains to be constructed for the courtyard—the bronze laver (Ex. 30:17-21).
- Instructions, and specific recipes are given for the Holy Anointing Oil, and the Holy Incense (Ex. 30:22-38).
Exodus Chapter Thirty-One
- Temporary Spiritual Gifts will be given to particular craftsmen for the construction of the Tabernacle (Ex. 31:1-11).
- The Sabbath is emphasized once again as the conclusion to the entire revelation given to Moses (Ex. 31:12-17).
- The Lord ends His 40 day session with Moses, by presenting Moses with the two stone tablets of the testimony (Ex. 31:18).