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1 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. 2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same. 3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. 4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. 5 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. 7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. 9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon. 10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD. 11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them. 13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD. 14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD. 15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. 16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. 17 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 18 Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. 19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: 20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations. 22 Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. 30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office. 31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations. 32 Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you. 33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people. 34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight: 35 And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: 36 And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy. 37 And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD. 38 Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.

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1 Sarah R = ""One difficult aspect of Old Testament life to appreciate (at least in the Western world) is the use of animal sacrifices. The Israelites are first a nomadic people; later when they are settled, they become a shepherding people. For them to offer their best and dearest to God means most naturally an animal, one without blemish and young. These animals are the basis of their economy and provide them with food, clothing, shelter, and security. To offer God an animal sacrifice is to offer a piece of their lives. So offerings are very personal and differ based on what families can afford. In some cases, the sacrifices are completely consumed, but in others the priests and the people take some of the meat home to their own tables. This way the whole community shares in the bounty of the sacrifice."- The Voice Study Bible note"
2 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Hebrew text כִּי תִשָּׂא אֶת רֹאשׁ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל - Ki Tisa Et Rosh B'nei Yisrael literally means "When you lift up the heads of the Children of Israel". The Torah teaches us that every time God counted the children of Israel, they became elevated in stature. Why? Typically, people count things that they hold most dear to them such as a banker who routinely counts his money or a jeweler who counts his diamonds. Even though the bag of money or satchel of diamonds has tremendous value together, each individual bill and little diamond alone has tremendous worth and the counting shows that these items are precious to the owner. So too, whenever the scriptures record that God counted the Children of Israel, it was his way of showing them how precious they were to him. God doesn't need to "count", an omnipotent God already knew how many people followed him. The counting was to "lift the heads" of Israel and to let them know how much they meant to Him."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Blood sacrifices were only one way to make an atonement offering for the sins of Israel. In addition to animal sacrifices, both flour/oil and financial offerings were used as well. In these sentences we can clearly see that each person in Israel was to offer 1/2 shekel donation as an atonement for their souls as a sin offering. Just as money and sincere confession worked to eliminate sin back then, so too the same method applies today and this scripture shows forgiveness of sin without any blood sacrifice through the giving of alms alone. In fact, the reason the words "to make an atonement for your souls" are used twice (verse 15 & 16) was to disprove anyone who thought the donation would not work because there was no blood. The use of the "double expression" [to make atonement for your souls] is very common in Hebrew scriptures and is used to highlight the importance and theme of the sentence; that money alone atoned for the sins of Israel without blood. This is an important verse to remember as animal sacrifice was never the only way to achieve complete atonement and forgiveness from God."
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "This teaches us that one's wealth does not change their status in the eyes of God. We should not say that because someone is rich they are more favored and because someone is poor they are less favored. Rather, rich and poor gave the same amount. Each person must feel that they are only 1/2 of the equation, for in order to become whole they must join with their fellow Israelite and only then do they become a "complete shekel"."
5 Sarah R = ""Special holy anointing oil is to be made, according to the specification and quantities given, to anoint all the furniture in the tabernacle, and to anoint Aaron and the priests. This is to consecrate everything anointed as holy to God. The oil must not be used in any other way or imitated or put on outsiders. Transgression of this command will mean being cut off from God’s people. We, too, need the daily anointing of the Holy Spirit on our lives."- The Bible Panorama"
6 Sarah R = "Scripture link:"For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing." - 2 Corinthians 2:15"
7 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Galbanum is a spice with a very strong wood/earthy odor very different from the other spices used. The scriptures counted it among the ingredients in the "Ketoret" (Holy Incense) to teach us that even those who transgress are important in the eyes of God's. If even one spice was missing, the Ketoret was unfit for use in the Temple. So too all of humanity, both "pleasant" and "not so pleasant" are all part of the same family used in service for God's ultimate purpose - Rashi"