Bible Study Notes on Exodus 38 – 20190421

WritingIIIExodus 38:1  “…the altar of burnt offering…it was square…”
Both the burnt offering altar and the altar of incense were square.  Have pictured altars as wider than deep, but they were not.

2  “…he overlaid it with bronze”
Rather than gold to withstand the heat of the greater fires used.  The altar of incense wouldn’t have that much heat so gold was sufficient.

8  “…from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door…”
Commentaries suggest these women were some more pious who wanted to show their devotion.  They gave up the mirrors of bronze, which were probably expensive and prized possessions, for the sake of the tabernacle articles.  Commentaries also suggested the fact they are mentioned in this way was sort of an honorarium or memorial to their devotion.  One suggested the fact the bronze was polished enough to be used as mirrors may have allowed the priests to see themselves as they washed using the laver.

9-20  Creation of the hangings to make the court of the tabernacle.  Area which would contain the articles for the sacrifices and general business of the tabernacle.  Jews were allowed in this area, but not Gentiles.  There would be an outer court which allowed all other peoples.

21-31  “…the inventory of the tabernacle…”
A listing of what was given for the creation of the tabernacle in gold, silver, and bronze.  Much was donated, and some was from the offering required of all males 20 yrs and older.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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