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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

Here is, I. The law concerning the consecration of Aaron and his sons to the priest's office, which was to be done with a great deal of ceremony and solemnity, that they themselves might be duly affected with the greatness of the work to which they were called, and that the people also might learn to magnify the office and none might dare to invade it. 1. The ceremonies wherewith it was to be done were very fully and particularly appointed, because nothing of this kind had been done before,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 29:37

Seven days thou shalt make atonement for the altar, and sanctify it ,.... That it might be thoroughly fit to have sacrifices offered on it: and it shall be an altar most holy ; as Christ is, and is called the Most Holy, and said to be anointed, Daniel 9:24 . He is holy in his person, nature, and offices, more holy than angels or men; as holy as the Lord God, the God of Israel, his Father, who is glorious in holiness, and none like to him for it: whatsoever toucheth the altar shall... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 29:37

Whatsoever touches the altar shall be holy - To this our Lord refers Matthew 23:19 , where he says the altar sanctifies the gift; and this may be understood as implying that whatever was laid on the altar became the Lord's property, and must be wholly devoted to sacred uses, for in no other sense could such things be sanctified by touching the altar. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

THE CONSECRATION OF THE PRIESTS . From the description of the priestly attire, the Divine Law-giver passed to the form of priestly consecration, whereof investiture in the "holy garments" was a part. The ceremony of consecration was to consist of four things:— 1 . Ablution; 2 . Investiture; 3 . Chrism or Anointing with oil; and 4 . Sacrifice. In the directions given, we have, first, the preparation of the offerings ( Exodus 29:1-3 ); secondly, directions for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

The Consecration of the first High Priest. Aaron may be viewed as either I. AS A TYPE OF CHRIST , he typifies especially Christ's priestly character. II. AS A PATTERN TO MINISTERS , Aaron is read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:35-37

The repetition of the ceremonial, and the consecration of the altar. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:37

Seven days shalt thou make an atonement . All the ceremonial was to be repeated seven times, not only the atonement for the altar (Le 8:33). An altar most holy. Literally, "holiness of holinesses," as in Exodus 40:10 . Whatever toucheth the altar shall be holy. Rather, "must be holy." Nothing that is not holy must touch it (Kalisch). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Exodus 29:1-37

The consecration of the priests. See the notes to Lev. 8–9.Exodus 29:4Door of the tabernacle - Entrance of the tent. See Leviticus 8:3.Exodus 29:27The “waving” was the more solemn process of the two: it was a movement several times repeated, while “heaving” was simply a “lifting up” once.Exodus 29:33A stranger - One of another family, i. e. in this case, one not of the family of Aaron. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Exodus 29:36-37

Exodus 29:36-37. The consecration of the altar seems to have been coincident with that of the priests; and the sin-offerings, which were offered every day for seven days together, had reference to the altar as well as the priests. An atonement was made for the altar The altar was also sanctified; not only set apart itself to a sacred use, but made so holy as to sanctify the gifts that were offered upon it, Matthew 23:19. Christ is our altar, for our sakes he sanctified himself, ... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

Dedication of the priests (29:1-37)One purpose of this dedication ceremony was to impress upon priests and people alike that those who served God had to do so with purity and reverence. The priests were washed, symbolizing purification, then clothed and anointed, symbolizing appointment to their position (29:1-9).Since they themselves were not free from sin, the priests had to offer sacrifices for their own sins before they could act on behalf of others. First they offered a bull as a sin... read more

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