Old Testament

The Pentateuch

What were some of the other items in the Tabernacle?

In the Tabernacle there was a table on which to put sacred vessels. This table was slightly smaller than the Ark of the Covenant. It was made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold. The table had a rim and molding of gold as well. Four rings of gold were attached to the legs of the table, close to the rim. Poles made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold were slid through the rings. In this way, the table was carried from place to place.

Plates, bowls, and cups used in worship were made of pure gold, and were to be used only at the table. Every Sabbath, twelve loaves of bread, or the Bread of Presence, were placed on the table. Only the priests were allowed to eat this bread.

A lampstand of pure gold was made to stand directly across from the table. Branches extended from the side of the lampstand. Ornate hammered work in the shape of almond blossoms ran the length of each branch. The entire lamp was made from one piece of gold. It is guessed that the lampstand was about five feet tall and weighed about one hundred pounds. The snuffers and trays for the lamp were made of pure gold as well. This lamp was the first menorah. God commanded the Israelites to keep the priests supplied with olive oil for lamp fuel. The priests were to keep the lamp burning always. (Exodus 27:21)


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