Sh'mot (Exodus) Chapter 27

We will once again be pointing to our study on the tabernacle. Please take the time to review those pages on our website.

The corresponding Hebrew letter to this chapter is the fifth letter Hay- breath; Spirit of G-d.

Sh'mot 27:1-8 "And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. And you shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze. And you shall make its pails for removing its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. And you shall make for it a grating of network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. And you shall put it beneath, under the ledge of the altar, that the net may reach halfway up the altar. And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. And its poles shall be inserted into the rings, so that the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. You shall make it hollow with planks; as it was shown to you in the mountain, so they shall make it.

The altar - The Hebrew word for altar is "mizbeach" and means "slaughter place".

The altar had 2 purposes:

  1. To atone for our sins.

    See THE SIN OFFERING

    See THE TRESPASS OFFERING

    Vayikra (Leviticus) 17:11 'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'

    Hebrews 9:22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

    We know this was to cover our sins. Looking forward to Yeshua whose blood atones for our sins and they are taken away.

    1 John 3:5-6 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or knows him.

    1 Peter 3:18-20 For Messiah also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to G-d, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of G-d kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.

  2. To consecrate (dedicate) ones self to the L-rd.

    See THE BURNT OFFERING

    See THE GRAIN OFFERING

    See THE PEACE OFFERING

    Romans 12:1-2 I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of G-d, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to G-d, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of G-d is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

    We are to die to self and continually give ourselves to HaShem and His service.

Again the bronze points to the Messiah and His judgment. His judgment will be true and for eternity. In Revelation we see His feet described like bronze.

Revelation 1:14-15 And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. (NAS)

Yochanan (John) 8:13-18 Certain Pharisees therefore said to Him, "You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true." Yeshua answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me."

It was shown to you in the mountain - Again we see it mentioned that the G-d showed Moshe the original tabernacle in furnishings in heaven. Each and every part of the tabernacle points to Yeshua. Please review our tabernacle study for more details.

See THE BRAZEN ALTAR