Exodus 30 The Altar of Incense

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Exodus 30
The Altar of Incense
Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense.
It is to be one piece with the sides and horns with pure gold.
Put the altar in front of the curtain that shields the covenant law where I will meet you.
Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps.
He must burn the incense at twilight when he lights the lamps to burn for generations to come.
Do not offer any other burnt, grain and drink offering on it.
Aaron will make atonement annually with the blood of the atoning sin offering.
All this must be done for generations to come. It is most holy before the Lord.
**Atonement Money
Then the Lord said to Moses, “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.
Receive the money for the atonement for the service of the tent of meeting.
“It will be a memorial for your lives” said the Lord.
**Basin for Washing
God told Moses to make a bronze basin and a stand for washing.
Place them at the tent of meeting and altar.
Aaron and sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it.
Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they must wash, or they will die.
Aaron is to present a food offering to the Lord and wash their hands and feet.
This is a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for generations to come, said the Lord.
**Anointing Oil
Moses was take liquid myrrh, fragrant cinnamon, fragrant calamus, and cassia according to the amount the Lord told Moses with a hint of olive oil.
The Lord told Moses to make this into a sacred anointing oil by a perfumer.
Use the oil to anoint the tent of meeting, ark of the covenant, table and articles, lampstand and its accessories,the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.
Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate so they may serve me as priests.
Tell the Israelites it is the anointing oil for generations to come.
It is sacred and do not put it on anyone or they will be cut off, said the Lord.
**Incense
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you.
Do not make any for yourselves or others or they will be cut off from their people, said the Lord. http://www.biblegateway.com

Exodus 29 Consecration of Priests: Aaron and Sons

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Exodus 29
Consecration of the Priests
**Aaron and his sons are to be consecrated to serve God.
Moses is to prepare a young bull and two rams without defect.
Prepare the finest wheat to create round loaves without yeast and brush with olive oil.
Place the basket, bull and two rams before the tent of meeting.
Wash Aaron and his sons with water, take the garments and dress Aaron.
Place on Aaron with the ephod and breastpiece and fasten with woven waistband.
Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred emblem to his head.
Take anointing oil and pour over Aaron’s head.
Bring Aaron’s sons and dress them in tunics and fasten caps on them.
Tie sashes on Aaron and his sons.
The priesthood is their’s by a lasting ordinance.
You shall ordain Aaron and his sons.
**Sacrifice a Bull at Entrance of Tent of Meeting
God asks Moses to bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting.
God asks Moses to have Aaron and sons place hands on bull’s head and slaughter it.
All the fat, lobes and kidneys are to be burned on the altar.
The bull’s flesh and hide are to be burned outside of camp as a sin offering.
**First Ram as Food Offering
Take one of the lambs and have Aaron and sons lay their hands on it.
Take the blood and splash against the sides of the altar.
Cut the ram in pieces and wash the internal organs and burn as an aroma before the Lord.
This is a food offering before the Lord.
**Second Ram to Consecrate Garments
Take the next lamb and have Aaron and sons lay hands on it to slaughter it.
Take the blood and put on the lobes of the right ears, thumbs and right big toe.
Splash the altar with blood and sprinkle on the garments to consecrate Aaron and sons.
**Ram of Ordination
Take from this ram the fat, tail and internal organs and the right thigh prepare for ordination.
From the basket take the round loaf, thick loaf with olive oil and the thin loaf.
Put them in Aaron and sons’ hands as a wave offering to the Lord.
Place them along with the burnt offering to the Lord as a food offering.
**Wave Offering
Take the breast of the ram from Aaron’s ordination; wave it before the Lord as your share.
Consecrate the parts of the ordination ram that belong to Aaron and sons.
This is always the perpetual share from the Israelites for Aaron and his sons.
It is the contribution made by the Israelites to the Lord from their fellowship.
**Garments Ordained
Aaron’s garments will belong to his descendants to be ordained in them.
The son who succeeds him as a priest comes to the tent of meeting in the Holy Place to wear them seven days.
**Aaron and Sons
Take the ram of ordination and cook the meat in a sacred place.
At the entrance to the tent of meeting, Aaron and sons are to eat the meat and bread from the basket. No one else is to eat it. If left for the morning, it is to be burned; It is sacred.
Moses was told to do everything according to God’s plan taking seven days to ordain them.
**Sin Offering
He is to sacrifice a bull every day as a sin offering.
He is to take seven days to atone the altar and consecrate it for it is most holy.
**The Lord’s Food Offering
Daily two lambs one year old are to be offered, one at morning and one at twilight.
Prepare the finest flour mixed with a hint of olive oil and quarter of wine as a drink offering.
Sacrifice the other lamb with the same grain offering and drink offering.
A pleasing aroma, a food offering presented before the Lord.
**Consecrated to the Lord
For generations to come this burnt offering is to made regularly before the tent of meeting and before the Lord. I will meet you and speak to you and the Israelites.
This place will be consecrated for my glory.
“So I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. 45 Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. 46 They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.
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