Exodus 38 Outline
– Bezaleel made the altar of burnt offering (Exodus 38:1-7)
– Bezaleel made the bronze laver (Exodus 38:8)
– Bezaleel made the courtyard (Exodus 38:9-20)
– The amount of materials used in making the tabernacle (Exodus 38:21-31)
Exodus 38 Summary
In Exodus 38:1-7, Bezaleel built the altar of burnt offering. The altar of burnt offering is measured by 3 cubits high, 5 cubits long and 5 cubits wide. Each of the four corners of the altar has a horn. The utensils used in conjunction with the altar of burnt offering include pots, and the shovels, and the basons, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans. There is a bronze grating network under the ledge up to halfway of the altar. Bronze rings were attached to the four corners of the bronze grating for holding the poles. The poles were made from shittim woods. The altar was made out of hollow boards wood.
In Exodus 38:8, the bronze laver and bronze stand were made from the mirrors of the women.
In Exodus 38:9-20, Bezaleel made the courtyard. The south and north sides of the courtyard were 100 cubits long and had 20 posts with 20 bronze bases, silver hooks and bands on the posts. There were curtains of fine twined linen. The west and east sides of the courtyard measure 50 cubits wide. The west side of the courtyard has curtains with 10 posts and 10 bases, silver hooks and bands. The curtains on both sides of the entrance were 15 cubits long. Three posts and three bases were set up at the entrance. The curtains were made from fine twined linen. The bases of the posts were made from bronze. The hooks and bands were made from silver. The tops were overlaid with silver. The posts had silver bands.
The total sum of the materials used for making the tabernacle was 29 talents and 730 shekels of gold from the wave offering, 100 talents and 1775 shekels of silver. The 100 talents of silver were used to make the 100 bases for the sanctuary and curtain, one talent for a base. The 1775 shekels were used to make hooks for the posts. The total of bronze from the wave offering is 70 talents and 2,400 shekels. The bronze was used to make the bases for the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the bronze altar, bronze grating, utensils used in the bronze altar, bases for surrounding courtyard, entrance, tent pegs for tabernacle and the surrounding courtyard.
Exodus 38 Bible Study
1. Jesus Christ is the lamb sacrificed to atone our sins
The altar of the burnt offering represents Jesus Christ, who bore our sins, and sacrificed himself on the cross, even though he never commit a single sin in his entire life. Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross so that we can receive forgiveness and inherit eternal life. In Romans 10:9, anyone who confess Jesus Christ is lord and believe that he has been risen from the dead can get eternal life and live in the kingdom of heaven forever. In Hebrews 10:10 and 10:14, Jesus only died once to make atonement for the sins of those who have been made holy.
2. Cleanse and renew your mind with God’s word
The laver is for Aaron and his sons to wash themselves before they entered into the tabernacle to serve God. We should renew our minds with God’s words. If you focus on God, you will walk in his commandments. In Ephesians 5:25-26, Jesus Christ loves his bride, the church, by cleansing her with the water through the word so that he can be a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or other blemish but holy and blameless. In Hebrews 4:12, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. In Colossians 3:16, we should let the word of God dwell in us, always teaching and admonishing one another with God’s word, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts.
3. The gift of eternal life is for all the nations
The courtyard is a small space where the worshipers assembled. Now, the worshipping of God is not just confined to the temple of Solomon. In the past, only the nation of Israel is God’s people. Now, the gift of salvation is open to other nations. Anyone that believe in Jesus and carry his cross to follow him can be saved (Luke 14:27).