Exodus 27 Outline
– The plan for the brass altar of burnt offering (Exodus 27:1-8)
– The plan for the courtyard of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9-19)
– The Israelites were to bring pure olive oil for the lampstand in the Holy Place (Exodus 27:20)
– Aaron and his sons were to keep the lamps burning from evening until morning (Exodus 27:21)
Exodus 27 Summary
The brass altar for the burnt offering is to be made from shittim wood and square in shape. It should measured 5 cubits in width and length. Horns and bronze ring are to be made at each of the four corners of the altar. The altar should have a grating of bronze network. Poles of shittim wood are to be made so that the Israelites can carry it around. The poles are to be inserted through the bronze rings. The altar was to be made with hollow boards.
A courtyard should be made for the tabernacle. The south and north sides were to measure 100 cubits in length with curtains of fine twined linen with twenty pillars and twenty sockets of brass, hooks of the pillars and fillets of silver. The west and east sides were to be measured 50 cubits wide and have 15 cubits long curtains 10 pillars and sockets. One side of the curtain must have a 15 cubits long curtains with 3 pillars and sockets. The same goes for the other side of the entrance.
A 20 cubits long curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine twined linen should cover the entrance to the courtyard. There should be 4 pillars and 4 sockets at the entrance. The pillars around the courtyard should have silver fillets, hooks and brass sockets. The courtyard is to be measured 100 cubits long and 50 cubits wide and is to be covered with curtains of fine twined linen. The rest of the articles used in the tabernacle service should be made of brass.
God commanded Moses to bring pure olive oil as fuel for the lampstand in the Holy place. Aaron and his sons were responsible for keeping the lamps burning from evening until morning.
Exodus 27 Bible Study
1. The brass altar of the burnt offering represents Jesus Christ
The brass altar was where the offerings were sacrificed and burnt to make atonement for the Israelites. Just like the brass altar of the burnt offering, Jesus Christ offered himself up as a sacrifice on the cross so that we can become sanctified through his blood. Through believing in Jesus Christ, we can receive salvation and eternal life. In John 17:17, we are sanctified by the truth, the word of God. In John 17:19, Jesus sanctified himself for us so that we can be sanctified through him. In 1 John 2:2, Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, not only for ours but also for the sins of the world. Anyone who sincerely confess and repent from their sins, their sins will be atoned by the blood of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 10:26, if we sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of truth, there will be no more sacrifice for sins.
2. The gospel is for all nations
The Most Holy Place and Holy Place can only be entered by the priests. The courtyard, where the altar of burnt offering located, was where the Israelites come to present their sacrifices to God. Formerly, God chose the nation of Israelites as the only nation that can be his people. Now, salvation has been poured out to people of all nations. Anyone who believe in Jesus Christ can be saved regardless of race, background, skin color and etc. In Mark 16:15, go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. In Matthew 28:19, go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Spread and preach the word of God
Aaron and his sons are responsible for keeping the lamps burnt from evening until morning. The word of God is the light that enlighten us. In Psalm 119:105, God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light fror our path. Christians must always spread and preach the gospel to the people around them. In Proverbs 6:23, for the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. In 1 Corinthians 9:16, Paul said he cannot boast when he preach the gospel because he is compelled to preach. Paul said woe to him if he don’t preach the gospel.