Epistles of Thomas

February 3, 2009

Exodus 25-27

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 11:42
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Chapter 25 begins a description of the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant which Indiana Jones was so intent on finding. There was also to be a table of acacia wood on which the bread of the Presence would always reside. A lampstand of pure gold with seven lamps was to be fashioned. Other than the Star of David this is the most famous symbol of Judaism today and appears on Israel’s coat of arms. It is the one aspect of the tabernacle that (almost) every Jewish synagogue and home has. The tabernacle and temple are long gone, the Ark of the Covenant is lost or destroyed, but menorahs are everywhere. The Hanukah menorah has eight branches and a centre piece to symbolise the eight days that the light miraculously burned after the Jewish revolt. It should be noted that this wasn’t a candle stand but seven lamp bowls in which olive oil would burn.

Chapter 27 records that they are to make an altar for burnt offerings and they are to “Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain” (27:8). If it was me I would make it out of pure metal, thinking that would be more durable but thankfully I wasn’t in charge. The mention of “shown on the mountain” demonstrates the divine nature of the design and prevents people from making any changes.

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