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Staying Close To God (4 Of 12)
Series: Victory in the Wilderness
Dr. Stan Coffey
July 17, 1988
Exodus 27:1-8, 38:1-5, 30:17-21 and 38:8
INTRODUCTION: Now that we have viewed the Tabernacle with its' furnishings as a whole we are going to exam each piece of furniture in the Tabernacle and see how it relates Christ to us. The two pieces of furniture in the outer court of the Tabernacle were the brazen altar and the brazen laver. The brazen altar, which is the subject of our study today was the biggest of the Tabernacles' seven pieces of furniture. It was almost large enough to hold all the other vessels. Its' size indicated it's importance. It was placed "before the door" (Exodus 49:6) just inside the outer court and would thus be the first object to meet the eye of the worshipper as he entered the tent of the congregation. The brazen altar was the basis of the levitical system. To it the sinner came with his divinely appointed victim. There was a fire continually burning upon it, (Leviticus 6:13) and the daily sacrifice was renewed each morning.
I. THE SCRIPTURAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE BRAZEN ALTAR - Exodus 27:1
A. The dimensions of the brazen altar
1. The measurements - the brazen altar was in the form of a hollow box 5 cubits long, 5 cubits broad and 5 cubits high (about 8 feet square and 5 feet in height)
2. The materials
a. Acacia wood overlayed with brass and copper
b. At each of the four corners was an ornamental horn made of one piece with the altar
c. A grate of network (Exodus 27:4 and 5) was fixed upon the altar on which the fire was built and where the severed parts of the sacrificial offering were laid
d. The "compass" of the altar was a projecting shelf or ledge half way between the top and the base of the altar. Its purpose was to catch portions of the sacrifices which might have fallen accidentally from the altar or to enable the priest to carry on their work conveniently on top of the altar
e. At each corner of the bronze gate were r ...
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