Feb. 11. Concluding Instructions and Tablets of Stone Given to Moses

Ex. 30:1-31:18

In addition to the altar of burnt offering in the outer courtyard, there was another much smaller altar to be placed inside the holy place. It was the altar of incense. The altar of incense was approximately eighteen inches square and thirty-six inches high and constructed of gold covered acacia wood. It was placed near the entrance to the most holy place.

Aaron, the high priest was to burn a special incense made from a mixture of spices and olive oil on that altar each morning and evening. Yearly, he was to make atonement for the people’s sins by placing blood from the sin offering of atonement on its horns. Our prayers are described as a sweet-smelling incense to the Lord.

A half shekel of silver was to be given by the Israelites as a ransom for their souls when the census was taken. This money was used in the service of the tabernacle.

God required the priests to wash their hands and feet before entering the holy place. A bronze laver/bowl was placed in the outer court between the altar and the tabernacle for this purpose.

The tabernacle and all of its furnishings were anointed with a special spice and oil mixture according to God’s instructions. Aaron and his sons were also anointed with that same oil.

Two men were chosen by God to be the chief craftsmen of the tabernacle, its furnishings and the priestly garments. Those men were given special abilities to perform their duties.

As God had rested on the seventh day after the creation, He gave instructions that His people would also rest on the seventh day of the week after having worked the first six days.

After concluding His forty days and forty nights meeting with Moses, God presented him with two tablets of stone written with His finger. They may have been written literally by God’s finger or figuratively by His power. He could have done it either way.