And he burnt sweet incense thereon; as the LORD commanded Moses.
EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
(27) He burnt sweet incense thereon.
—At even, when he lighted the lamps, he also, according to the instructions given him (Exodus 30:8
) burnt incense.
40:16-33 When the tabernacle and the furniture of it were prepared, they did not put off rearing it till they came to Canaan; but, in obedience to the will of God, they set it up in the midst of their camp. Those who are unsettled in the world, must not think that this will excuse want of religion; as if it were enough to begin to serve God when they begin to be settled in the world. No; a tabernacle for God is very needful, even in a wilderness, especially as we may be in another world before we come to fix in this. And we may justly fear lest we should deceive ourselves with a form of godliness. The thought that so few entered Canaan, should warn young persons especially, not to put off the care of their souls.Before the vail - That is, opposite to the ark, in the middle between the table of showbread on the North and the candlestick on the South. 16. Thus did Moses: according to all that the Lord commanded him—On his part, the same scrupulous fidelity was shown in conforming to the "pattern" in the disposition of the furniture, as had been displayed by the workmen in the erection of the edifice. This is wisely and seasonably added, because this was a work peculiar to the priest, and not to be done by Moses without God’s express command And he burnt sweet incense thereon,.... Which is another branch of the priestly office exercised by Moses, and which he would never have done had he not had a command from God for it, as follows:
as the Lord commanded Moses; he commanded Moses indeed to order and direct Aaron to do this, but he being not yet consecrated, Moses, being the Lord's priest, did it. And he burnt sweet incense thereon; as the LORD commanded Moses.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)27
. See Exodus 30:7
. Moses, however, not Aaron, according to the present writer, begins the daily services (cf. vv.
23, 25, 29), and maintains them during the first eight days till the priests are installed (cf. Exodus 29:35
, Leviticus 8:33
; Leviticus 9:1
Arrangement of the ark. "He took and put the testimony into the ark." העדוּת does not mean "the revelation, so far as it existed already, viz., with regard to the erection of the sanctuary and institution of the priesthood (ch. 25-31), and so forth," as Knobel arbitrarily supposes, but "the testimony," i.e., the decalogue written upon the two tables of stone, or the tables of the covenant with the ten words; "the testimony," therefore, is an abbreviated expression for "the tables of testimony" (Exodus 31:18
, see at Exodus 25:16
). After the ark had been brought into the dwelling, he "hung the curtain" (vail, see at Exodus 26:31
; lit., placed it upon the hooks of the pillars), "and so covered over the ark of the testimony," since the ark, when placed in the back part of the dwelling, was covered or concealed from persons entering the dwelling or the holy place.
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