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In Exodus 27, the LORD continued laying out the blueprints for the tabernacle. Here, the focus is on the altar, the courtyard, and the oil for the lampstand.

Chapter 27 can be outlined as follows:

  • The Bronze Altar (27:1 – 8)

  • The Courtyard Around the Tabernacle (27:9 – 19)

  • The Oil for the Lampstand (27:20 – 21)



Exodus 27:1-8

God gives instructions on how to build the high altar that would be used for burnt offerings.

Exodus 27:9-19

The LORD describes how the court (or courtyard) was to be built. It was to surround the tabernacle. It provided a special place where the people of Israel could meet with and worship their LORD.

Exodus 27:20-21

God’s focus shifts from the construction of the tabernacle and the courtyard to the responsibilities of the priests in and around the tabernacle. The first task is ensuring that the lamp would burn continually.