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All on the Altar (2 of 9)
The book of Hebrews and the book of Exodus and the
book of Leviticus really correlate with one another.
The book of Hebrews is the New Testament explanation
for many of the beautiful pictures we will be studying
in our study of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament.
So, we'll be referring to Hebrews a great deal.
Turn over to Exodus 27:1. "And thou shalt make an
altar." This is the Lord talking to Moses and he is
giving Moses the blueprint for this structure you see
in front of you. God has specifically said to build
this according to the pattern I have showed to you on
the mount. As a part of that Tabernacle God says you
will make an altar.
For now, I will just point out the fact to you that we
have placed that altar in what is known as the court
of the Tabernacle. We are told specifically how this
altar is to be constructed. It's described for us in
these verses. He says you are to make this altar of
shittim wood. We believe this is acacia wood, which
was a very durable, hard wood. Five cubits long, five
cubits broad. "The altar shall be foursquare: and the
height thereof shall be three cubits." There are
different opinion about what those different cubits
represented, but most people believe that putting that
into footage we have 7 ½ feet by 7 ½ feet by 4 ½ feet.
That is not little. We have a small scale down here,
but in actuality this altar in the court large. It
was a hollow box made of acacia wood. Verses 2 says
there were to be horns on the four corners and all of
this is to be overlaid with brass.
I talked a little bit about the brass last week and
said that probably instead of brass, which would be an
alloy or mixture, the reference is probably either to
copper or bronze. I personally lean toward copper.
So you have here a fireproof container. If it was
copper, we know that copper melt ...
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