There are two big ideas in Exodus 31. First, the gracious aid God gives his people to do his work. He helps them build his tabernacle. Second, Israel must be like Yahweh in resting after their work. But what Exodus 31 also shows is that Israel’s work in the sanctuary is much like God’s creation of Eden long ago.
The sermon is concerned with the rest of chapter 29. Its themes can divided up into three sections: God’s command about the length of the consecration ceremony; God’s command about the daily offerings; and a summary statement about God’s great purpose for the sanctuary. What we read here is God’s way of him graciously providing a way for him to dwell with Israel.
The purpose of the consecration is that Aaron and his sons may serve me as priests. If you are going to be in God’s tent, in the tent of the King of all the earth, in the Creator who dwelt in holy Eden, you must first be holy. This ceremony will consecrate these men for such a significant task in the symbolic and representative way that god reveals here in these verses. The intention this morning is first to explain the ordination of the priests so that we understand what is going on here, and then draw out the most significant parts of this revelation for our edification.
This is the third message of several sermons on the high priests of Yahweh, who served him in his sanctuary. These passages are vital to understanding of true religion, for our Lord Jesus himself is a priest. If we’re going to understand his ministry to us, we need to understand the priests. Part of the priestly ministry is revealed in the priests’ garments. Let’s continue considering the high priest and his ministry this morning together.
Today we move from behind the veil into the larger room of the Tabernacle. In the Holy Place there are three pieces of furniture/ Directly in front of the veil separating the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place is the Altar of Incense;; To the right of the Altar of Incense, on the south side of the Holy Place, was the lampstand. To the left of the Altar of Incense, on the north side of the Holy Place, was the Table. These latter two objects are our focus today.