Exodus 40, vs. 12-15 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.

13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats:

15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

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My Thoughts:

The Lord instructed Moses that after he had set up the tabernacle, he was to bring Aaron and his sons to the door and wash them with water before dressing Aaron in the holy garments, anointing him and sanctifying him. His sons also were to be clothed with coats and anointed to everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

It seems to me that this would turn out to be a very important happening.  After the first of the month, when all this was done, both the tabernacle and priesthood the Lord had planned and ordered would be complete.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 40, vs. 1-11 with Betty

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40 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

2 On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

3 And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the vail.

4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.

5 And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle.

6 And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water therein.

8 And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court gate.

9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.

10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy.

11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.

My Thoughts:

With the work on everything for the tabernacle and the garments of the priest complete, the Lord spoke to Moses again and told him that on the first day of the month the tent of the congregation of the tabernacle was to be set up and the ark of the testimony should be set up in it in the appointed place.  The Lord then gave instructions about the placement of each item that had been created for the tabernacle.  His instructions included anointing the altar the vessels and the altar with the anointing oil which had been made according to the instructions of the Lord.

After all the detailed efforts that went into the making of all the items that made up the tabernacle, furnished it or were needed by the priest and his sons, it must have been very exciting and gratifying to finally begin to put the whole thing together.  How magnificent the whole thing must have looked once assembled.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 39, vs. 30-43 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

30 And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, Holiness To The Lord.

31 And they tied unto it a lace of blue, to fasten it on high upon the mitre; as the Lord commanded Moses.

32 Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did they.

33 And they brought the tabernacle unto Moses, the tent, and all his furniture, his taches, his boards, his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets,

34 And the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers’ skins, and the vail of the covering,

35 The ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the mercy seat,

36 The table, and all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread,

37 The pure candlestick, with the lamps thereof, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for light,

38 And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door,

39 The brasen altar, and his grate of brass, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,

40 The hangings of the court, his pillars, and his sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, his cords, and his pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of the congregation,

41 The cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to minister in the priest’s office.

42 According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.

43 And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the Lord had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.

 My Thoughts:

We picked up today’s reading at verse 30 of Exodus 39.  This verse is a description of the holy crown of pure gold that the priest was to wear tied upon the mitre.  It is inscribed, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” This seems to put things in perspective.  While the priest is decked in costly apparel that is almost kingly, his crown reminds us of his true purpose.

As Exodus 39 continues, we also learn of the making of the accouterments for the priest such as the altar, the hangings, the laver and the shew bread.  One by one, the making of each item the Lord has commanded is described. The chapter ends like this:

“According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.

And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the Lord had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.”

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 39, vs. 15-29 with Betty

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15 And they made upon the breastplate chains at the ends, of wreathen work of pure gold.

16 And they made two ouches of gold, and two gold rings; and put the two rings in the two ends of the breastplate.

17 And they put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings on the ends of the breastplate.

18 And the two ends of the two wreathen chains they fastened in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the ephod, before it.

19 And they made two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastplate, upon the border of it, which was on the side of the ephod inward.

20 And they made two other golden rings, and put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart of it, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod.

21 And they did bind the breastplate by his rings unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it might be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate might not be loosed from the ephod; as the Lord commanded Moses.

22 And he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue.

23 And there was an hole in the midst of the robe, as the hole of an habergeon, with a band round about the hole, that it should not rend.

24 And they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen.

25 And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates;

26 A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the Lord commanded Moses.

27 And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons,

28 And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen,

29 And a girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of needlework; as the Lord commanded Moses.

K.J.V.Bible Text

My Thoughts:

As the description continues about the construction of garments for the priest, I am reminded of how a social story for a bride might describe the wedding dress.  There seems to be an element of pride in the exactitude and magnificence with which these garments were constructed. Of course, this pride is not without cause.  In an era of rough, utilitarian clothing, the opulence accorded the priest would make him a man of significance in the eyes of the people.  It is likely even the kings of the era were not decked out so splendidly.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 39, 4-14 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

4 They made shoulderpieces for it, to couple it together: by the two edges was it coupled together.

5 And the curious girdle of his ephod, that was upon it, was of the same, according to the work thereof; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; as the Lord commanded Moses.

6 And they wrought onyx stones inclosed in ouches of gold, graven, as signets are graven, with the names of the children of Israel.

7 And he put them on the shoulders of the ephod, that they should be stones for a memorial to the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses.

8 And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

9 It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled.

10 And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.

11 And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

12 And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings.

14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

We continue in this chapter with the description of the making of the garments for the priest of the tabernacle.  There is not much to be said about this that is not stated clearly in the text, but I ended today’s reading at verse 14 for this reason:  With all the gold and gemstones used, we know that that the garment made for the priest was very costly.  In verse 14, we see that these stones were “according to the names of the children of Israel.”  To me it seems to honor those direct lines of descendants from the sons of Adam.  This indicates to me that the priest was not only chosen to serve God but to be a reminder of his relationship with the Israelites, his people.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 39, vs. 1-3 with Betty

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39 And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the Lord commanded Moses.

2 And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

3 And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

All of the Daily readings have been long lately so today I am going to make it short.  I chose to read only three verses, but I found the third verse very interesting.

The description of the making of gold wires, apparently to be used as a type of thread for embroidery work is what interests me so much. Can you imagine beating gold so thin that you could then cut it into wires?  The Lord did indeed impart upon these workmen amazing skills.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 38, vs. 17-31 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

 17 And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver.

18 And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.

19 And their pillars were four, and their sockets of brass four; their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their chapiters and their fillets of silver.

20 And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about, were of brass.

21 This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.

22 And Bezaleel the son of  Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses.

23 And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.

24 All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy place, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

25 And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:

26 A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.

27 And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.

28 And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted them.

29 And the brass of the offering was seventy talents, and two thousand and four hundred shekels.

30 And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the brasen altar, and the brasen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar,

31 And the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the court gate, and all the pins of the tabernacle, and all the pins of the court round about.

My Thoughts:

The scripture says, “And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses.

23 And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.”

We learn also the weights of the gold and silver and brass that was used in the tabernacle and how much was given by each man.  If you are interested, please read this over for yourself.  The amounts are given according to ancient weight values but it is obvious there was a great deal of cost by the time the workman had completed the work of the tabernacle.

Surely it took a long time, as I have speculated before, for that work to be done; but if the scripture has mentioned any time frame in which the work was done, I have overlooked it.  I am interested in knowing this and also in knowing whether the Israelites remained in one place during all this time as it would seem or perhaps moved from place to place and continued the work in various encampments.  Perhaps as we keep on reading, those answers will be given.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 38, vs. 1-16 with Betty

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38 And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.

2 And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass.

3 And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass.

4 And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it.

5 And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves.

6 And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass.

7 And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards.

8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

9 And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:

10 Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.

11 And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.

12 And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.

13 And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.

14 The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.

15 And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.

16 All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen.

My Thoughts:

 Today’s reading continues the description of how the workmen, apparently led by Bezaleel who has in this chapter been called only “he” made the altar and all of its fittings and the staves to bear it.  It says that he made the laver of brass and that it was made of the looking glasses of the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle.  (It seems that not only were men’s hearts willing to give for the creation of the tabernacle and its fittings but the women also gave.)

Beginning in Verse 9 of chapter 38, there is a description of the creation of the hangings for the tabernacle.  The hangings, of course were huge pieces of cloth that served to divide the congregational area of the tabernacle from the altar and the holiest of holy places.  They also lined the inner walls.  Without going back and comparing word by word, if memory itself serves, it would seem that this description of the actual making of these articles for the tabernacle is almost an identical repeat of the description of the Lord’s instructions to Moses (seen in an earlier chapter) of exactly how the tabernacle was to be built.

I don’t know about you, but the size and scope of this work almost exhausts me to just read about it.

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Exodus 37, vs. 10-29 with Betty

 10 And he made the table of shittim wood: two cubits was the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof:

11 And he overlaid it with pure gold, and made thereunto a crown of gold round about.

12 Also he made thereunto a border of an handbreadth round about; and made a crown of gold for the border thereof round about.

13 And he cast for it four rings of gold, and put the rings upon the four corners that were in the four feet thereof.

14 Over against the border were the rings, the places for the staves to bear the table.

15 And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold, to bear the table.

16 And he made the vessels which were upon the table, his dishes, and his spoons, and his bowls, and his covers to cover withal, of pure gold.

17 And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same:

18 And six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof:

19 Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knop and a flower: so throughout the six branches going out of the candlestick.

20 And in the candlestick were four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers:

21 And a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it.

22 Their knops and their branches were of the same: all of it was one beaten work of pure gold.

23 And he made his seven lamps, and his snuffers, and his snuffdishes, of pure gold.

24 Of a talent of pure gold made he it, and all the vessels thereof.

25 And he made the incense altar of shittim wood: the length of it was a cubit, and the breadth of it a cubit; it was foursquare; and two cubits was the height of it; the horns thereof were of the same.

26 And he overlaid it with pure gold, both the top of it, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns of it: also he made unto it a crown of gold round about.

27 And he made two rings of gold for it under the crown thereof, by the two corners of it, upon the two sides thereof, to be places for the staves to bear it withal.

28 And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.

29 And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary.

My Thoughts: 

After making the arc, we are told in the balance of Exodus Chapter 37 how Bezaleel made the table of shittim wood with a crown of gold “round about”.

He also made the rings upon the four corners for the staves to carry the table, he made the staves and the vessels to be upon the table….Step by step this chapter describes how Bezaleel made the items for the tabernacle exactly according to the instructions that the Lord provided and that we read about in an earlier chapter of Exodus.

As well as all the items he made that were overlaid with gold, he also made the holy anointing oil and the incense of sweet spices.

The talents of Bezaleel were endless and all these talents were gifts of the Lord and while the Lord needed workmen that could create the tabernacle for his glory and for his dwelling place, one can imagine that Bezaleel and the other workmen also profited in this world by using their God given talents to the glory of the Lord.  I believe that the sweetest success in this world is the success we achieve when we go about using our talents for the Lord, step by step doing our duty as did Bezaleel.

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Exodus 37, vs. 1-9 with Betty

1 And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it:

2 And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about.

3 And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it.

4 And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.

5 And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.

6 And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.

K.J.V. Bible Text

 

My Thoughts:

 

Exodus Chapter 37 begins with this statement: “And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood…” Bezaleel was of course the first of the workmen that the Lord inspired to be able to do the precise work of creating the tabernacle and the items with which it was to be furnished.

The scripture goes on to describe the steps he took to build the ark and the mercy seat.  He made also two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece.  (This must have been a very labor intensive and artistic work indeed.)

One by one, the scripture goes through the same description of the ark we read before, telling us this time that Bezaleel created it.

Can you imagine the sense of oneness that Bezaleel and the other workmen must have felt with their work when they were making items ordained by the Lord with their own two hands?

Sometimes I find myself engrossed in work and time seems to fly by.  I have heard that this is called “flow” time.  These workmen for the Lord must surely have gone about their duties in a constant state of “flow” time.

Betty Killebrew

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