The Book of Exodus, Chapter 38

This chapter is about the building of altar of burnt offerings, the basin for washing, the courtyard, & the materials used for the creation of the tabernacle. Our friends Bezalel & Oholiab are featured again in this chapter. This chapter is going to be a short one. All of the descriptions, & measurements, of the altar, basin, courtyard are found in Exodus 27:1-8; Exodus 27:9-19; & Exodus 30:17-21. Enjoy the read, friends.

The workers made the altar of burnt offering. Then they made the basin for washing. The workers then made the courtyard. They made everything how God had told Moses to make it.

Now we’re going to get into the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle. This was recorded, at Moses’ command, by the Levites. This was done under the direction of Ithamar (who was Aaron’s son), who was a priest. Bezalel & Oholiab made everything that God had commanded them, personally, to make. These 2 were pretty much the master mason, master metal-smiths, & master weavers/embroiderers.

The total received from the Israelites of gold was 29 talents & 730 shekels. (The weight of gold was a little over 1 ton, or about 1 metric ton.) The silver was 100 talents & 1,775 shekels (The weight of the silver was a little over 3 3/4 tons, or about 3.4 metric tons.). This was 1 beka per person, who were counted in the census. Every man who was 20 years old & older, there was 603,550 men.

The 100 talents of silver were used to cast the bases for the sanctuary & the curtain. (100 bases from the 100 talents, 1 talent for each base.) They used the 1,775 shekels to make the hooks for the posts, to overlay the tops of the posts & to make their bands.

The bronze given was 70 talents & 2,400 shekels. (The weight of the bronze is 2 1/2 tons, or about 2.4 metric tons.) They used it to make the bases for the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the bronze altar with the grating & all its utensils, the bases for the surrounding courtyard & those for the its entrance & all the tent pegs for everything.


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