Exodus Chapter 27

Exodus Chapter 27

Read Exodus Chapter 27. After you have read the chapter, read the passages below to help you dive deeper into the Chapter. Conclude in Prayer. 

The Bronze Altar and the Cross

“The bronze altar was dedicated for sacrificing animals to the Lord. The epistle to the Hebrews  compares between the bronze altar with its incessant fire, to burn daily sacrifices, and the cross of the Lord Christ, that carried one sacrifice at the fulfillment of time.
As to the bronze altar, the apostle says that the High Priest used to enter into the Most Holy place, once a year; yet, “not without blood, which he offered for himself and for his people’s sins committed in ignorance” (Heb 9:7). His entrance once a year was a sign of the limitations of the earthly service through sacrificing the blood of animals. The Lord Christ, the Chief High Priest, on the other hand, has entered, not into the symbols or shadows of the heavenly sanctuaries, but into heaven itself, yet, “not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Heb 9:12). He offered Himself on the cross, to present a possibility on an eternal level, with no repetition. The early High Priest suffered incessantly through offering the blood of animals every year, a sign of inability to put away sins. But the New High Priest, by His own blood He cast away sin, and entered with us into the same sanctuaries. And as the apostle says: “For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Heb 9: 24-27).” - Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty 

“That altar was made of Acacia wood (Ex. 27: 1), being a symbol of the cross, the tree of life, overlaid with bronze (Ex. 27: 2), and not with gold. As on the cross, the Son receives, with steadfastness (like bronze that refers to patience and persistence), the price of the sin that we committed. We do not find traces of gold outside the sanctuary, as the heavenly glories stay inside. But we find bronze and silver (Ex. 27: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6), in order for us to share with Christ His patience, passion, and persistence." 

“As we put on the Lord Christ, we shall have the bronze, by which we crush all affliction and troubles, and walk toward heaven persistently, with no delay. As to the presence of silver (Ex. 27: 10, 11), it is a sign of our need for the word of God, to support us in our strife and persistence.”

“The altar is 5 cubits long and 5 cubits wide, as though the sacrifice is offered for the sanctification of our 5 senses, to prepare us to enter into the secret sanctuaries. The figure 5 also reminds us of the 5 sacrifices and offerings, that were mentioned in the Book of Leviticus, as they all symbolize the sacrifice of the cross that we dealt with in the introduction of our interpretation of that Book.
The altar is 3 cubits high, as though it refers, not only to the cross, but also bears the symbol of resurrection (the figure 5). The power of the sacrifice lies, in that it lets us enter into the cross, to let us crossover to the resurrection. Our thoughts, words, and works are set upon the figure 3; we practice the secret of the figure 3, by entering into the passion, burial, and resurrection, through which the altar elevates us to the height of the 3 cubits.”

The Court of the Tabernacle

“As far as the court is concerned, let us note that it also lacks gold; the pillars are set on bronze bases, while their hooks and bands are of silver, to conform with our description of the bronze altar.
All the curtains (except that of the gate) are woven only of linen threads; set upon pillars, 5 cubits long, as though the outer court is meant to concentrate on purity (linen), and set upon pillars of permanent persistence, and leaning upon the word of God (silver). The length of the pillar refers to the necessity of purity of the 5 senses.
The curtain of the gate had to be only of linen, for there is no entrance into life of purity (linen), no ability for persistence (bronze), and no understanding of the word of God (silver), except through the Lord Christ, the gate of the sheepfold.”

“The golden lampstand:
Here, He confirms again that the lampstand is not only meant for mere illumination, but it is a sign of a covenant in which we receive divine enlightenment. He commands the use of
“pure oil of pressed olives... a statute forever to their generations” Ex. 27: 20, 21).”

Heavenly Father, we know Lord before we can enter the Holy of Holies with Your Son, The HIgh Priest, Jesus Christ, we must be purified. We must die to our sins and resurrect in Christ. Receive, O Dear Lord my life as a sweet smelling, acceptable sacrifice to You, that it may no longer be I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Amen.