-The descriptions and activities of the alter of incense, the incense itself, the washing laver, and the anointing oil along with a census ransom contribution are given here in this 30th chapter of Exodus. The incense shall bring a soothing aroma to the LORD daily in front of the veil near the Ark of the Testimony in front of the mercy seat. *Application* Ephesians 5:2 says, “and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 adds, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?” Once again we see the Tabernacle requirements reflected in the Christian life as the New Covenant takes shape under the authority of Jesus Christ and His work. Giving Christ our lives and presenting Him to others is the sweet aroma He desires in us.
-With the ransom contribution we see that all are on an equal footing. It brings to my mind Acts 10:34, Galatians 3:28, and 1 Corinthians 12:13. God shows no partiality. There is no way the rich man can buy off God and the poor cannot avoid paying his ransom. *Application* Thank the LORD that Jesus Christ paid our ransom for sin on the cross. His blood purchased our redemption with the Father. All to Him we owe!
-The laver of bronze for the washing depicts the cleanness with which we must enter the holy place of God. *Application* Again, it is Jesus Christ who washes all our sins away and allows us to boldly approach the throne of God for our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
-The anointing oil represents the Spirit of God’s covering for His most holy place. This again consecrates the activities of the priests in the work of the LORD. *Application* The Holy Spirit must permeate all we do in the Name of the LORD. Without His presence we are doing things in our own human strength. This is never what God wills or has designed.
Verse to Memorize: Exodus 30:10