The Court and its Lessons
Exodus 38:1-31
And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof…


(1) The altar on which the sacrifice for Israel's sin was laid, and their own offerings accepted. Christ is the foundation and the power of all our service.

(2) The laver. It was fashioned from the mirrors of the women, The adornment of the outward was exchanged for inward purity, the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. It stood there for the daily use of God's priests. They could pass into God's presence only as their defilement had been washed away. "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord." Are we being washed ere that hour comes when we must appear before him?

2. The construction of the court.

(1) God's grace makes a separation between the Church and the world. To break down this is to undo God's work.

(2) The wall of separation was fine twined linen. It is a separation not only between faith and unbelief, but between righteousness and unrighteousness.

(3) The world sees the results only, the means by which they are attained are hid from its view; but the results are a call to come and see.

3. The order in which they were made. The altar first, then the laver, and, last of all, the enclosing of the court. First, Christ and his sacrifice; next, the washing of regeneration by him through the Spirit; and, last of all, the gathering together of the Church. This is the Divine order. The true Church has ever this history. None have a right to be there on whom the work of altar and laver has not first been done.


1. The record of it is kept. There is nothing of all that is given for God's service, the history or place of which is forgotten.

2. The use to which it is applied. The gold is put to the highest use; the silver - the redemption money - is the foundation of the sanctuary; the brass is used for the altar, the laver, and the court. Each is put to its proper use, and a place is found for all. No gift can be brought to God which he will not employ. - U.

Parallel Verses
KJV: And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.

WEB: He made the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood. It was square. Its length was five cubits, its breadth was five cubits, and its height was three cubits.

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