MON. SEPT 19 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | EXODUS 30 – ROBERT HERNANDEZ HOST

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Exodus 30

The Altar of Incense

“Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense. It is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high[a]—its horns of one piece with it. Overlay the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it. Make two gold rings for the altar below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it. Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Put the altar in front of the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law—before the atonement cover that is over the tablets of the covenant law—where I will meet with you.

“Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps. He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come. Do not offer on this altar any other incense or any burnt offering or grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it. 10 Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering[b] for the generations to come. It is most holy to the Lord.”

Atonement Money

11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.13 Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel,[c] according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the Lord. 14 All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord. 15 The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the Lord to atone for your lives. 16 Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the Lord, making atonement for your lives.”

Basin for Washing

17 Then the Lord said to Moses, 18 “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 19 Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it. 20 Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting a food offering to the Lord, 21 they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.”

Anointing Oil

22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels[d] of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels[e] of fragrant calamus, 24 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin[f] of olive oil. 25 Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. 26 Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, 27 the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. 29 You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.

30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. 31 Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. 32 Do not pour it on anyone else’s body and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred. 33 Whoever makes perfume like it and puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from their people.’”

Incense

34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, 35 and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. 36 Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”

 

Devotional

Exodus 30

In this chapter we see God give Moses instructions about the rituals of the Holy Tent. The very first instruction make the altar to burn incense, incense symbolizing prayer. Light the incense in the morning and at night… Pray in the morning and pray at night. Prayer. I’m not sure about other people but I pray all day long! Life is complicated, hard, challenging and with every step I take I find myself looking to God in prayer and trusting he is right there in the midst of my day.

“Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭8:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The next thing was the ransom of souls. Everyone’s Ransom – payment was equal. The rich, poor and it was to be used for service in the tabernacle. This money cannot be used for atonement of the soul but it can used to honor God who has made the atonement.

The bronze laver. This large vessel of water was near the door of the tabernacle. Every time Aaron and his sons went in to Minister they had to wash their hands and feet. Reminding us that every day we need to renew and wash away our sins looking to the blood of Christ for remission.

Holy anointing oil
There was a clear recipe for making oil to use in the service of the tabernacle. No other oil would be acceptable. This oil is used to anoint people in ministry. The anointing of people not only by oil but with the Holy Spirit.

These rituals were required by law back then but even doing all of these things right did not make them right with God. He wants their hearts and lives to be right just like he wants that from us, not just the formalities. Going to church on Sunday, serving, being in a connect group, tithing.. Doesn’t and get you into heaven. Only a decision from the heart to get into that relationship with Jesus Christ will get you in heaven. Once that happens the Holy Spirit comes in and touches your heart and helps guides your life. Truly I don’t know where I would be without Jesus, most certainly not where I am now right now.

 

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