Chapter 92

The Sacrificial Alter Of Burnt Offerings, The Cross


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Commentary: Question: How important is it for modern born-again Christians to understand the composition and function, the types and shadows, the prefigurations and symbolism of the Tabernacle? Well, Father God thought it important enough that He presented the tabernacle to His children in pictorial (see) as well as verbal (hear) form, just to make sure that they got the message. Please note that the pattern of the heavenly tabernacle (i.e., the actual eternal reality that presently exists in heaven), its furniture and vessels was shown to Moses upon Mount Sinai. Moses received two things from God on Mount Sinai: the ten commandments and the pattern of the tabernacle, which function respectively as Law and Grace. The first will kill you, and the second will save you. The business pertaining to the collection of the construction materials, and the description and building of the tabernacle begins from upon the mount Sinai (Exo 24:18) in Exodus 25 with Moses and the children of Israel, and extends through Exodus 40, sixteen chapters of the Bible, and ends with the LORD. The gospel of Mark consists of sixteen chapters. Is the gospel of Mark important? Hypothetically, for it is not possible to choose, which would be the most important, the pattern of the tabernacle or the gospel of Mark?

1.      (Exo 24:18)  And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount [Sinai]: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights. ((Exo 25:1,2))  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering [Heb: a present] [of value]: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart [i.e., sacrificially] ye shall take my offering.

2.      (Exo 25:8-10a)  And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. And they shall make an ark of shittim wood…. (Exo 25:22)  And there [above the ark] I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims [angels] which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

a.       (Rev 21:3,4)  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them [Exo 25:8], and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

3.      (Exo 25:40)  And look that thou make them [the furniture and their vessels] after their pattern, which was showed thee in the mount [Sinai].

4.      (Exo 26:30)  And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion [Heb: verdict; Divine law] thereof which was showed thee in the mount.

5.      (Exo 27:8)  Hollow with boards shalt thou make it [the brass (brazen) altar]: as it was showed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.



(Exo 27:1-3)  And thou shalt make an [sacrificial] altar of shittim wood [symbol of man], five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. And thou shalt make the horns [horns represent power in the Bible] of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.  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.

1.      altar = Heb: altar /// to slaughter an animal (usually in sacrifice):--kill, offer, (do) sacrifice, slay.

2.      overlay = Heb: [through the idea of expansion in outlook transf. to act]; to sheet over /// to lean forward, i.e. to peer into the distance; by impl. to observe, await:--behold, watch (-man).

3.      brass = Heb: copper; hence, something made of that metal, i.e. coin, a fetter; fig. base (as compared with gold or silver):--brazen, brass, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness, steel.

a.       Commentary: brass, also identified in the Bible as brazen, represents sin. The word “serpent” (Gen 3:1) is derived from same Hebrew root word as brass. The uncircumcised Philistine champion and giant Goliath [Heb: exile /// to denude] [i.e., to expose sin] of Gath [Heb: (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine-press] who repeatedly blasphemed God wore “an helmet of brass upon his head” (1 Sam 17:5) symbolic of his thoughts, and heavy brass armor. Please note that King Saul, like Goliath, also wore “an helmet of brass upon his head” (1 Sam 17:38) which David refused to wear. J  (I wonder what he was thinking about?)


(Exo 27:4-8)  And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brazen [Heb: brass] rings in the four corners thereof. And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar. And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass. And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides [Heb: ribs] of the altar, to bear it. Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was showed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.

1.      (Isa 28:9-13)  Whom shall he [God] teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept [Heb: commandment] must be upon precept [Heb: commandment], precept upon precept; line [Heb: a cord (as connecting)] upon line [Heb: a cord (as connecting)], line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue [i.e., the tongue of the LORD] will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

2.      (Mat 13:47-50)  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net [of God’s Word], that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind [good and evil]: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad [Gk: rotten, i.e. worthless (lit. or mor.): corrupt] away. So shall it be at the end of the world [Gk: aion]: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them [the wicked] into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

3.      Commentary: Who are the wicked and who are the just? The fuel for the sacrificial fire of the brass (brazen) altar was wood; wood symbolizes men. Those who have been fuel for the sacrificial fire are “ensamples” to us, written “for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world [Gk: aion] are come.” (1 Cor 10:11). Those who will be fuel for the sacrificial fire are the living epistles of Satan, for our God is “a consuming fire” (Deut 4:24; 9:3; Heb 12:29).

a.       (Isa 9:18,19)  For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke. Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.

b.      (Ezek 21:32)  Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it.

c.       (Eccl 12:7)  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.



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