Exodus chapter 30 Explained

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Exodus chapter 30 Explained
Exodus chapter 30 Explained

Exodus chapter 30 Explained the construction of the altar of incense, which was to be used in the Tabernacle for the burning of incense. The Lord instructs Moses to make the altar of acacia wood, measuring one cubit long and one cubit wide, and two cubits high, with horns on the corners. The altar was to be overlaid with gold and have gold rings at the four corners for the carrying poles to be inserted into.

The Lord also commanded Moses to make a golden censer, and to place it next to the altar. This censer was to be used by the priests to burn incense upon the altar, as an offering to the Lord.

The Lord goes on to instruct Moses to make a basin of bronze, with a base of bronze, for washing. This basin was to be placed between the Tabernacle and the altar, and the priests were to use it to wash their hands and feet before entering the Tabernacle.

The Lord also commanded Moses to make anointing oil and a special incense. The anointing oil was to be used to consecrate the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the table and its utensils, the lampstand and its accessories, and the altar and its utensils. The incense was to be used on the altar of incense. The Lord tells Moses that this incense is a “most holy” to the Lord, and that it must be made according to a specific recipe.

The Lord also commands Moses to make a half-shekel ransom for the souls of the Israelites. Every man above the age of twenty was to pay this ransom to be counted among the Lord’s people. This ransom money was to be used for the service of the Tabernacle.

The chapter concludes with the Lord reiterating the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy, as a sign between him and the Israelites.

Exodus chapter 30 teaches us the importance of obedience to God’s commands and the significance of consecration and offering of pure things to God. The construction of the altar and the making of the holy anointing oil, incense, and the ransom money speaks to God’s desire for pure and holy worship.

The construction of the altar of incense and the burning of incense as a pleasing aroma to God, also points to the role of prayer and intercession in worship, which is still a vital part of Christian worship today. The making of the golden censer, the basin for washing, and the anointing oil, all speaks to the importance of purification and the need for cleansing, which is a central theme in Christian theology as well. The concept of ransom money also is remind us that God’s people need to make payment for their sins, which is fulfilled through Jesus’ death on the cross.

This chapter also teaches about the importance of obedience and keeping the Sabbath holy, which is still important in the church today. It’s also a reminder that God’s commands are not just rules to follow, but they are given to us for our own good and they help us to be holy as God is holy. The obedience, consecration, and offerings of pure things to God are just as important now as they were in ancient Israel, and continue to be an important part of Christian worship and devotion.

 
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