In Ex. 27, the Lord continues his move outward with the Bronze Altar and Tabernacle Court. The Altar is the way or place through which God is approached by his people. The Courtyard, on the other hand, portrays God’s holiness which prevents sinful men from having unrestricted access to God. This morning, we’ll look at the construction of the Bronze Altar, then the Courtyard, and then we’ll work backwards in speaking of their implications.
This week, the Lord God proceeds in ch 26 to discuss the construction of the Tabernacle itself. Remember that tabernacle means dwelling place. In fact, that word for dwelling place is what comes first in the original Hebrew. With that very word, we are reminded again of the very special purpose this tent is given. The tabernacle is God’s home. We must keep this before our understanding and affections as we proceed through Exodus 26. As a place of God’s presence, the Tabernacle is a place of grace, It is a home of mercy and covenant love.
As God explains how the Tabernacle is to be made, he begins right a the center of the Tabernacle, right at the heart of this holy system, with the Ark of the Covenant, the only piece of furniture in the Most Holy Place within the Tabernacle. By beginning with the Ark, he gives great priority to his presence. This morning, we consider this central object, the Ark of the Covenant.
At the end of ch. 24, Moses ascended into the cloud of glory at the summit of Sinai. The first thing that Moses records the Lord speaking to him is that the people should take an offering: “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution.” This message is on Israel’s offering. This offering is significant theologically and practically.