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James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Exodus 30:1-38

OF BLUEPRINTS AND BEZALEL THE ALTAR OF INCENSE (Exodus 30:1-10 ) Of what material and for what purpose was it made (Exodus 30:1 )? Its size and shape (Exodus 30:2 )? Its furnishings (Exodus 30:3 )? The means for its removal (Exodus 30:4-5 )? Its location (Exodus 30:6 )? How often and at what time was the incense to be offered (Exodus 30:7-8 )? What prohibition was placed on its use (Exodus 30:9 )? How does Exodus 30:10 bear on “the iniquity of the holy things”? Although no sacrifice was... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Exodus 30:1-38

The Priest and His Consecration Exodus 29-30 We now study the consecration of the priest himself. Strange if God has constructed a tabernacle, given a specification for an ark, detailed the shape and colour of the priestly robes, and omitted to say anything about the priest himself. Let us see how the case stands both historically and spiritually. We have already seen that the priest did not officially appoint himself; in no sense did he rush into the priest's office; nay, more, at the very... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Exodus 30:4

Did not this crown refer to the kingly office, as well as the priestly office, of the Lord Jesus? Zechariah 6:11-13 . And Jesus intercedes as one that hath power with God, and must prevail. His language is, Father I will. John 17:24 . read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 30:1-10

1-10 The altar of incense represented the Son of God in his human nature, and the incense burned thereon typified his pleading for his people. The continual intercession of Christ was represented by the daily burning of incense thereon, morning and evening. Once every year the blood of the atonement was to be applied to it, denoting that the intercession of Christ has all its virtue from his sufferings on earth, and that we need no other sacrifice or intercessor but Christ alone. read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Exodus 30:1-10

The Altar of Incense v. 1. And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon; of shittim wood shalt thou make it, of the same Arabian acacia wood which was to be used for all the wooden appointments. v. 2. A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be; and two cubits shall be the height thereof; the horns thereof shall be of the same. It was also ornamented with small. hornlike projections, the symbols of power. v. 3. And thou shalt overlay it... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - Exodus 30:1-38

H.—The vision or the ideal of the tabernacle. The ordering of the ark and of the house of the covenant; of the living presence of the law and of the dwelling-place of the law-giverExodus 25-31I. Contributions for the Building. Preliminary Condition1And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, 2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart 3[whose heart maketh him willing] ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - Exodus 30:1-10

the Altar of Incense Exodus 30:1-10 It seems late in the story of the Tabernacle that the incense-altar should be only mentioned now; but it is not unsuitable, because intercessory prayer, which it represents, is the crown and climax of the religious life. When our Lord had finished His sacrificial death, He passed into the heavens to make intercession for us. In Revelation 8:3-4 , r.v., the veil is lifted, and we are allowed to behold Him, standing by the golden altar in heaven, and adding... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - Exodus 30:1-38

We may come to the description of the altar of incense. It is significant that in the earlier description of the Holy Place, with its furnishing, this altar was not named. It was specifically the altar of priesthood, instructions concerning which were not given until the priest was prepared for service. It completes and crowns the symbolism of the Holy Place. The table of shewbread represented communion with God, the lampstand spoke of testimony to the world, and now the golden altar speaks of... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 30:1-6

The Altar of Incense (Exodus 30:1-10 ). The purpose of the earlier descriptions of all that was connected with the Dwellingplace had been to concentrate on those aspects of it which referred to God’s approach to His people as He came to dwell among them, and the way back to Him that He had provided for them. But now, having established His earthly palace, and His kingship over His people, and having covered the aspects of the Dwellingplace (Tabernacle - mishkan) that dealt with God’s approach... read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 30:1-38

Exodus 30-31. P s . Priestly Supplements.— These two chapters form an appendix to Exodus 25-29. The golden incense altar finds no place in Exodus 25 or Exodus 26:33-Zephaniah : or Leviticus 16 (where the annual rite of Exodus 30:10 is ignored). Instead we hear of censers in Leviticus 16:12 and Numbers 16:6 f., while the great altar in the court is called “ the altar,” as if no other were recognised. Similarly Exodus 30:30, requiring the unction of Aaron’ s sons, betrays itself as later than... read more

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