Sh'mot (Exodus) Chapter 38

Sh'mot 38:1-7 Then he made the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood, five cubits long, and five cubits wide, square, and three cubits high. And he made its horns on its four corners, its horns being of one piece with it, and he overlaid it with bronze. And he made all the utensils of the altar, the pails and the shovels and the basins, the flesh hooks and the firepans; he made all its utensils of bronze. And he made for the altar a grating of bronze network beneath, under its ledge, reaching halfway up. And he cast four rings on the four ends of the bronze grating as holders for the poles. And he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. And he inserted the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar, with which to carry it. He made it hollow with planks.

We already mentioned how the Ark of the Covenant pointed to Yeshua. The altar of burnt offering does the same. The wood represents His humanity. The bronze represents His judgment. The rings are where His hands and feet were pierced on the execution stake. The poles represent the execution stake.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Ayin- eye; spiritual insight.

Sh'mot 38:8 Moreover, he made the laver of bronze with its base of bronze, from the mirrors of the serving women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting.

Yeshua is the doorway to the other world and the Father. We can boldly enter only through the blood of the Messiah Yeshua. The bull sacrifice was a temporary covering. That sacrifice had to be repeated again and again. Yeshua, who the Father sent to die for us and raise again, takes away our sin for eternity.

The Tanakh, the B'rit Hadashah, the Talmud, and the Zohar all teach that the death of a righteous person has atoning power. When Yeshua HaMashiach, the totally righteous one, laid down His life, it was the ultimate act of atonement in human history.

(Note: We do not agree with many of the teachings of the Zohar. However the following passages are very interesting).

The Zohar states, "As long as Israel dwelt in the Holy Land, the rituals and sacrifices they performed [in the Temple] removed all those diseases from the world; now the Messiah removes them from the children of the world. (2:212a).

The Zohar also states, "The children of the world are members of one another, and when the Holy One desires to give healing to the world, He smites one just man amongst them, and for his sake heals all the rest. Whence do we learn this?" From the saying, "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities [Isaiah 53:5] by the letting of his blood-as when a man bleeds his arm-there was healing for us-for all the members of the body. In general a just person is only smitten in order to procure healing and atonement for a whole generation."

Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 53:4-6 "In fact it was our diseases He bore, our pains from which He suffered; yet we regarded Him as punished, stricken and afflicted by G-d. But He was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by His bruises we are healed. We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one to his own way; yet Adonai laid on Him the guilt of all of us."

Hebrews 9:11-28 But when Messiah appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to G-d, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living G-d? And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment had been spoken by Moshe to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which G-d commanded you." And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. And according to the Torah, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Messiah did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of G-d for us; nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own. Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Messiah also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.