1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
4 And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof.
5 And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.
6 And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.
7 And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it.
8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.
After addressing the instructions for the holy of holies where the Israelites will keep the arc and upon it the mercy seat, the Lord went on with his instructions for building the altar, a place where sacrifices to Him will be made.
Once again, (verse8) we learn that Moses was shown on the mount how he was to make this altar.
Not surprisingly, as it will be used for sacrifice, the instructions seem to be a description of what we might call a moveable fireplace, but it is to be a very specially constructed fireplace, following the precise instructions of the Lord. The instructions fully outline the meathooks, “basons”, shovels, firepans and grates, all to be made of brass.
What is described
in the bible seems to be an altar of great beauty as well as perfectly crafted for its function.
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