Exodus Chapter 27

In the previous 2 chapters of Exodus, the Lord has revealed to Moses and the Israelites, the pattern of the tabernacle they were to build for the Lord. This ancient tabernacle was much like the temples of today, except they were able to travel with it as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. The Lord’s instructions continue in this chapter as follows:

1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basins, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
4 And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof.
5 And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.
6 And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.
7 And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it.
8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.

The Israelites were instructed by the Lord, to build an altar. They were given the way to build it in size and material. The altar would be made with horns as part of it. They were also to make accessories to go with it, as well as the means to carry it, just as they would carry the other items they were to craft. This altar would be where they would give of burnt offerings to the Lord. This was an ordinance that had been established with Adam long before, and was to continue until the fulfillment of the Law of Moses through the sacrifice of the Savior.

9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side:
10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
11 And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.

The tabernacle has so far been designed with a holy place and the holy of holies within that. In these verses, they are told of a court with twenty pillars surrounding it.

12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.
13 And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits.
14 The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
15 And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.

They were given the specific size and number of pillars to make each side of the court within the tabernacle.

16 And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four.
17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.

The area of the court, was to have a entrance of fine materials, with silver and brass metals.

18 The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass.
19 All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.

The items for use within the court were to be made of brass.

20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.
21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the veil, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the Lord: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.

The lamp in the court, was to use pure olive oil, and be lit at all times. This was to be in the area where the congregation would gather, outside of the veil to the holy place. It sounds like the sons of Aaron, those who by patriarchal line had right to the priesthood of Aaron, would be responsible for the tabernacle of the congregation, or the areas of the tabernacle where the Israelites would be permitted to enter. Today, we gather together as a congregation in our meetinghouses. There, we receive the sacrament as established by the Lord at the end of His ministry on earth, by the hand of those who hold the Aaronic priesthood. This was an established duty of the priesthood, which continues in the restored church today.

There is so much about the design, purpose, and organization of the tabernacle of the Lord, which is found within the church today. I had not realized just how much of what we have and do in the church, was established in ancient times. I am so grateful for the priesthood of the Lord. I am glad that we are able to gather together to make sacrifices of a broken heart and contrite spirit, and to renew our covenants through the ordinance of the sacrament each week. We would not be able to do this, without the proper priesthood authority from God to do so. Our meeting houses and temples are sacred places built to do the work of the Lord, just as the tabernacle was in that time.

To read more about the design of the tabernacle, see my previous posts: Exodus Chapter 25 and Exodus Chapter 26.

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