|Exodus 27 |
1 "You shall make a square altar of shittim wood, five cubits [7.5 ft] long and three [4.5] cubits high.
2 And you shall make horns upon its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze.
3 You shall make all its vessels of bronze: pots to receive the ashes, shovels, basins, meat forks, and fire pans.
4 And you shall make a grate for it, a network of bronze; and upon the net you shall make four bronze rings in its four corners.
5 You shall put it under the ledge of the altar, so that the nets come to the middle of the altar.
6 And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of shittim wood overlaid with bronze.
7 And the poles shall be put into the rings on the two sides of the altar to carry it.
8 You shall make the altar hollow out of boards. As it was shown you on the mountain, so shall they make it.
9 Also make a courtyard for the tabernacle. On the south side there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of a hundred cubits long on each side;
10 And their twenty pillars and their twenty sockets shall be of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and the bands on the pillars shall be of silver.
11 The north side shall also be a hundred cubits long, with their hangings and twenty pillars and twenty sockets of bronze, with the hooks and bands on the pillars of silver.
12 The west side of the court shall be fifty cubits long, with their hangings and ten pillars and ten sockets.
13 And the width of the court on the east side shall be fifty cubits [75 ft] .
14 The hangings for one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits [22.5 ft] , with their three pillars and three sockets.
15 On the other side the hangings shall be fifteen cubits [22.5 ft], with their three pillars and three sockets.
16 For the gate of the courtyard there shall be a hanging of twenty cubits [30 ft] long, of blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. There shall be four pillars and four sockets.
17 All the pillars around the court shall be joined together with silver fittings; their hooks shall be of silver and their sockets of bronze.
18 The length of the court shall be a hundred cubits [150 ft] , the width fifty [75 ft], and the height five cubits [7.5 ft], with fine twined linen hangings and sockets of bronze.
19 All the vessels of the tabernacle used in its service, and all its pegs and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.
20 You shall command the children of Israel to bring you pure pressed olive oil for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.1
21 In the tabernacle of the congregation outside the veil, which is in front of the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall keep the lamps burning from evening to morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute on the behalf of the children of Israel forever throughout their generations.
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1 to cause the lamp to burn continually. From George Fox's The Spirit of Man, the Candle of the Lord: the Candle of the Wicked often put out:
Aaron had the charge of these candlesticks, and of the lamps to light them. He was to cause the lamps to burn always in the tabernacle of the congregation, without the veil, as in Exod 26:20.
And Aaron, the high priest, who was anointed to that office, was to dress the lamps, which was a type of Christ our high priest, whom God has anointed with the Holy Ghost, who lights with his everlasting light, (not natural; for that they had before), the lamps or spirits of men, with his everlasting light and fire, without the veil, that they see over all veils, and the bright shining of their lights is to be seen abroad to the election before the world began. So this everlasting light and fire must shine and burn in everyone's tabernacle; and their lamps and spirits being lighted, then the sweet pure incense is offered up to the heavenly God, in his pure heavenly fire from his altar, the pure heart that sees God, which Aaron's incense was a type of, as in Exodus 30.
And the apostle, in Hebrews, comes to show the end of all those offerings, and candlesticks, and tables, and golden censers, and arks, and all those things that were held up by the law and first covenant, as may be seen in Heb 9 throughout, and other places. And how Christ came as in the volume of the book, to do the will of God, and he said, ‘lo, I come to do your will, oh God, to take away the first covenant, law, and priesthood, that I may establish the second:’ blessed be his name forever, as you may see in Heb 10:9.
And so Christ is our high priest, that gives light and fire to the lamps, and lights the candles, the spirits of men, with his heavenly divine light and fire, so that their lamps may burn always in the tabernacle or temples, whose bodies are the temples of God. For Aaron lit the outward lamps and dressed them, and the candlesticks: but Christ lights the inward and dresses them. And Aaron's seven lamps which were outward, were a type of the seven lamps of fire, which burn before the throne of God, which seven lamps are the seven spirits of God. Rev 4:5.
And John said, ‘he beheld in the midst of the throne, and in the midst of the elders, .. stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, sent forth into all the world.’ A perfect number of lamps, of eyes, of spirits, of stars, and trumpets, and vials; this has Christ our high priest, who ends Aaron's trumpets, candlesticks, lamps, horns, and altars; for here is heavenly lamps to burn, heavenly eyes to see, and heavenly horns to push and throw down all his enemies, and to make them his footstool, and to stand upon them in his glorious power.
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