ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 144


Then the Lord said to Moses, “Collect choice ­spices—121/2 pounds of
pure myrrh, 61/4 pounds of fragrant cinnamon, 61/4 pounds of fragrant
calamus, and 121/2 pounds of c­ assia—­as measured by the weight of the
sanctuary shekel. Also get one gallon of olive oil. Like a skilled incense
maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil. Use this sacred oil to anoint the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the table and all
its utensils, the lampstand and all its accessories, the incense altar, the altar
of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the washbasin with its stand. Consecrate them to make them absolutely holy. After this, whatever touches
them will also become holy.
“Anoint Aaron and his sons also, consecrating them to serve me as
priests. And say to the people of Israel, ‘This holy anointing oil is reserved
for me from generation to generation. It must never be used to anoint
anyone else, and you must never make any blend like it for yourselves. It
is holy, and you must treat it as holy. Anyone who makes a blend like it or
anoints someone other than a priest will be cut off from the community.’”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather fragrant ­spices—­resin droplets,
mollusk shell, and ­galbanum—­and mix these fragrant spices with pure
frankincense, weighed out in equal amounts. Using the usual techniques
of the incense maker, blend the spices together and sprinkle them with salt
to produce a pure and holy incense. Grind some of the mixture into a very
fine powder and put it in front of the Ark of the Covenant, where I will
meet with you in the Tabernacle. You must treat this incense as most holy.
Never use this formula to make this incense for yourselves. It is reserved
for the Lord, and you must treat it as holy. Anyone who makes incense
like this for personal use will be cut off from the community.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel
son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the
Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds
of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and
bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving
wood. He is a master at every craft!
“And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the
tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all
the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded
you to make:
the Tabernacle;
the Ark of the Covenant;

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