Exodus Extracts 30 – Altar and Anointing Oil

You shall consecrate them, that they may be most holy. Whatever touches them will become holy. (Exodus 30:29 ESV)

There are four main aspects of the 30th chapter of Exodus as God continues outlining His expectations for where He chooses to dwell among the people.

The first part looks at the altar, the second part considers a census to be taken of the people so they can make an offering, the third part is the washing process for offering and the final aspect is the anointing oil. Two of these processes were of interest to me.

The altar is an interesting piece of the furniture in God’s dwelling place. It’s interesting in that it is the place where things are offered up to God and what is to be used to offer things up to God in itself is holy to Him. It’s also intriguing because that is the place where God chooses to meet us. At the place of sacrifice is the place where meeting with the divine happens.

The prevailing theme in the outline of God’s dwelling place is God setting aside things exclusively for Him – making them holy. So it’s fascinating to see the way He wants His oil mixed in a particularly way and once its made it is not to be used for anything else or for anyone else. A fragrance for Him alone.

For His Name’s Sake


C. L. J. Dryden


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