Shadowland: Redemption: Week 29
Exodus 30: The Laver and Altar of Incense
Up to this point we have seen what was done to the priests, and by
extension believers. Now we see some things the priests are expected to
do in response.
- 30:7 "burn incense every morning...and again at twilight" - morning and
evening prayer. The fire for the incense is to come from the altar
and Nadab and Abihu were slain by the Lord for offering incense with
other fire. Leviticus 10
The golden altar is now in heaven.
- 30:10 "make atonement" - even the prayers that we offer up can be
defiled, and require atonement.
- 30:12 "when you take a census" - numbering the people expresses
2 Samuel 24
- 30:13 A shekel was worth something comparable to a dollar. Thus even
the very poor could afford the half shekel, or 10 gerahs.
Pink suggests the 10 coins speak of our responsibility, of which nothing should
be lost. A practical function of the census coin was to form
a counting mechanism. Each dropped their coin into the box as they
passed through the gate, and the result weighed.
"According to the shekel of the sanctuary" - the service we offer
must conform to the standard set by Christ, and He must add to it as required.
- 30:16 "use it for the tent of meeting" - it formed the silver foundation.
Contrast 1 Peter 1:18
where our redemption is without money. The atonement silver was
to a "memorial of Israel before the Lord". Our service has no significant worth
compared to Christ, but is remembered before God.
- 30:18 "bronze laver" - made from the bronze mirrors of the women.
Exodus 38:8, for whosoever
looks into the perfect law of liberty sees himself.
The priests had only to wash their hands and feet themselves, for they
had their whole body washed at their consecration.
Thus we are once regenerated by the water of baptism, but daily cleanse our
soul through the washing of water by the word.
- 30:30 "anoint Aaron and his sons" - imparting to them the "aroma
2 Corinthians 2:15
- 30:38 "makes incense like it" - imitating the holy incense was not
tolerated. Acts 5