Exodus 30 Commentary
Moses is still up on the mountain receiving laws, technical drawings for the structures and procedures for the worship system.
We have looked at the altar of offering and now the LORD gives Moses detailed design for the altar of incense. Incense is to be burned regularly on the altar of incense – an indication that the saint’s prayers must be offered regularly during the day. The incense produced an aroma that pleased the LORD. May the prayers of saints go up before the LORD as a sweet aroma!
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
Revelation 5 verse 8
In a strange move the LORD commands Moses to impose a ‘census tax’. I don’t think it is equivalent to community membership fee, rather it appears like a thanksgiving token for being alive – life itself being a free gift the LORD offers.
A wash basin is provided for hygiene but importantly as a physical representation of need for inner cleansing. The constant reference to death as a penalty for any deviation and contravention is a constant reminder of man’s dead situation outside the LORD’S presence. Existence is dead without the LORD’S presence so this consequence is repeatedly declared. The anointing oil is to be made using a special formula. No duplicates. Equally the incense has a special formula to be kept unique.
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