And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.
2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same.
3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about.
4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal.
5 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.
6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Exodus 30 continues with more detail about the Lord’s promise to be with the children of Israel. In the first few verses, He describes to them how the altar is to be made for the burning of incense. He orders them to overlay it with gold and to place it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat “where I will meet with thee.”
Wasn’t this a wonderful promise for these people who had the Lord himself to be their leader and protector? Now he promises that he will be available to them.
We that are Christians no longer follow the rules from the Old Testament and the arc of the testimony has disappeared into history, but we can use this passage as a reminder that the Lord wants to be with us and be part of our lives. The only difference today is that with the coming of Christ, we were given the right to approach the Lord on our own. To those who believe in Christ, the sons of Aaron are no longer needed to carry our petitions before the Lord. We can do it ourselves with prayer.
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