Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)
38 And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.
2 And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass.
3 And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass.
4 And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it.
5 And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves.
6 And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass.
7 And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards.
8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
9 And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:
10 Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.
11 And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
12 And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
13 And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.
14 The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
15 And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
16 All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen.
Today’s reading continues the description of how the workmen, apparently led by Bezaleel who has in this chapter been called only “he” made the altar and all of its fittings and the staves to bear it. It says that he made the laver of brass and that it was made of the looking glasses of the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle. (It seems that not only were men’s hearts willing to give for the creation of the tabernacle and its fittings but the women also gave.)
Beginning in Verse 9 of chapter 38, there is a description of the creation of the hangings for the tabernacle. The hangings, of course were huge pieces of cloth that served to divide the congregational area of the tabernacle from the altar and the holiest of holy places. They also lined the inner walls. Without going back and comparing word by word, if memory itself serves, it would seem that this description of the actual making of these articles for the tabernacle is almost an identical repeat of the description of the Lord’s instructions to Moses (seen in an earlier chapter) of exactly how the tabernacle was to be built.
I don’t know about you, but the size and scope of this work almost exhausts me to just read about it.
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