CHAPTER 27 THE BRAZEN ALTAR
1….. And you shall make an Altar of Shittim Wood five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the Altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits
COMMENTARY:.…. The Brazen Altar is the largest sacred Vessel of all the seven vessels of the Tabernacle. The Altar is a type of the Cross, and five cubits square ( 7 & 1/2 feet) it tells us the same Gospel for all of mankind, and the height of the Altar is (4 & 1/2 feet). The Shittim Wood is a type of the Humanity of Christ. Again, we are reminded that the number “five” portrays, the grace of God; while number three refers to the Deity of Christ. The “Foursquare” of the Altar cares the message of Christ (The Gospel) always the same for all of mankind whether from the North, The South, The East, of the West.
2…..And you shall make the horns ( speaks of total dominion over sin, which would be purchased at the Cross ) of it upon the four corners thereof (signifying that Salvation is the same for all):his horns shall be of the same: and you shall overlay it with brass
COMMENTARY:……This Altar of indestructible wood was to be overlaid with copper. Until the metalurgy of the not-too-distant past, copper had a greater resistance to fire, even than gold or silver. It would consequently protect the wood, that it would not catch fire and be consumed.Being strong & not destroyed by fire the copper plates sustained their structure from the fervent heat were resistant from being consumed by the fire; this can also be applied to Christ passing through the fire of God’s wrath without being consumed.
3……And you shall make his pans to receive his ashes [ashes from the sacrifices which were burned], and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooke, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof you shall make of brass.
COMMENTARY:….. Ashes testified to the thoroughness of the fire,s work in having wholly consumed the Offering. They also witnessed to the acceptance of the Sacrifice on behalf of the offerer, and so they were to him a token that his sins were gone.The Word of Christ from the Cross expressed the fulfillment of this detail of our type: It is finished accepted, and gone up to God as a sweet savor.
4…… And you shall make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shall you make four brazen rings in the four corner thereof (the rings were for the moving of the Altar from place to place).
5…..And you shall put it under the compass of the Altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the Altar.
COMMENTARY:….. Somewhere alongside the middle of the Altar there seemed to be a protrusion all the way around, on which the Priests could stand, in order to properly attend the Sacrifices.
6….. And you shall make staves for the Altar, staves of shittim wood , and overlay them with brass. These staves were for moving the Altar. When Israel moved, everything had to be moved. This teaches us that there never comes a period in the Christian life where the Atoning Blood of Christ, of which this Altar was a type, can be dispensed with.)
7…..And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the Altar, to bear it.
8….. Hollow with boards shall you make it, as it was shewed you in the Mount so shall they make it.
The Brazen Altar was located just before the door; being the first object the worshiper’s eyes looked upon when entering the fenced area. It has also been called the “The Altar of Burnt Offering. The altar typified Christ; pointing to what he would need to do in order to redeem humanity.; the Brazen Altar was bloodstained, greasy always smoking from the Burnt Offerings, again representing the sacrifice Christ would be required to endure; it was not a beautiful site a likened to his Crucific
ion. The “Copper” symbolizes Judgement; therefore we are again reminded that Christ had to pass through the fires of God’s wrath without being consumed. The Horns placed on each corner of Brazen Altar pointing outward were for the binding of Sacrifices to the altar. [Psalms 118:27]……God is the Lord, and He has given us light;Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. In scripture the “Horn” stands for power and strength; [Habakkuk 3:4]…..His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden.
THE OUTER COURT
9……. And you shall make the Court of the Tabernacle for the south side southward there shall be hanging for the Court of Fine Twined Linen of an hundred cubit long for one side. ( it was 150 feet long and 75 feet wide )
COMMENTARY:……The Tabernacle stood in the Court. The court was a fence made of “fine twined linen” which was snow white and typified perfect righteousness in the future by the Life of Christ. The Tabernacle was placed in the middle of the encampment of Israel. Around the Court of The Tabernacle were the tents of Levites, encircling them, but some distance were the Twelve Tribes; grouped with three on each side forming a square.
10…. And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass (copper); the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
COMMENTARY:…. The “copper” spoke of Judgment, the “silver” spoke of Redemption.
11…..And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hunderd cubits longs, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass,the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
12….And for the breadth of the Court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits (75 feet): their pillars ten and their sockets ten.
COMMENTARY:…. There were 60 pillars placed at intervals of five cubits all around the Court. This, as well, speaks of the Grace of God and His unlimited Grace.
13…. And the breadth of the Court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits:
COMMENTARY:…..Fifty being the multiplication of Five “God’s Grace” in great & complete “Grace”
14….The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three; again
COMMENTARY:…..Three signifies the Trinity and the Deity of Christ.
15….. And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. ( fifteen cubits is 22 and 1/2 feet on each sideof the Gate.
THE GATE OF THE COURT
16…..And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits ( The Gate which led into the Outer Court was 30 feet wide) , of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework;and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four
COMMENTARY: This is the “gate” at the front of the Outer Court facing the east, through which all Israelite came, in order to offer Sacrifices. As this door was 30 feet wide the other doors being 75 feet wide. This speaks of the narrow door that all believers must enter. He Christ is alone the “Door”
17…. All the pillars round about the Court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.
COMMENTARY:…..The Court was where the Isralites, other than the Priests could come at least as it regards the Tabernacle, and then only so far as the Brazen Altar. But everything about the Outer Court, as well as the Tabernacle, spoke of Christ in His Atoning, and Intercessory Work, even down to the small pins, which were of brass. As always, they spoke of the Judgment that He would undergo on our behalf.
18……The length of the Court shall be an hundred cubits [150 feet ] and the breadth fifty everywhere (75 feet ) and the height five cubits [ 7 and 1/2 feet high] of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass.
19-21….. All the Vessels of the Tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the Court, shall be of brass [copper]. Ad you shall command the Children of Israel, that they bring you pure oil love beaten for the light to cause the lamp to burn always. In the Tabernacle of congregation without the Veil, which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from the evening to morning before the Lord: It shall be a statute foever unto their generations on the behalf of the Children of Israel.
COMMENTARY: Everything about the outer Court, as well as the Tabernacle were physical places of worship while showing the Atoning, intercessory work of Christ; while also showing the judgment that He would undergo & endure on all of Mankind’s behalf.