Exodus 27* The altar of burnt offerings. (1-8) The court of thetabernacle. (9-19) The oil for the lamps. (20,21)1-8 In the court before the tabernacle, where the peopleattended, was an altar, to which they must bring theirsacrifices, and on which their priests must offer them to God.It was of wood overlaid with brass. A grate of brass was letinto the hollow of the altar, about the middle of which the firewas kept, and the sacrifice burnt. It was made of net-work likea sieve, and hung hollow, that the ashes might fall through.This brazen altar was a type of Christ dying to make atonementfor our sins. The wood had been consumed by the fire fromheaven, if it had not been secured by the brass: nor could thehuman nature of Christ have borne the wrath of God, if it hadnot been supported by Divine power. 9-19 The tabernacle was enclosed in a court, about sixty yardslong and thirty broad, formed by curtains hung upon brazenpillars, fixed in brazen sockets. Within this enclosure thepriests and Levites offered the sacrifices, and thither theJewish people were admitted. These distinctions represented thedifference between the visible nominal church, and the truespiritual church, which alone has access to God, and communionwith him. 20,21 The pure oil signified the gifts and graces of theSpirit, which all believers receive from Christ, the good Olive,and without which our light cannot shine before men. The priestswere to light the lamps, and tend them. It is the work ofministers, by preaching and expounding the Scriptures, which areas a lamp, to enlighten the church, God's tabernacle upon earth.Blessed be God, this light is not now confined to the Jewishtabernacle, but is a light to lighten the gentiles, and forsalvation unto the ends of the earth.
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