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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
39:42–40:21
ministering in the Holy ­Place—­the sacred garments for Aaron the
priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as
priests.
So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses.
Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done
just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of
the new year. Place the Ark of the Covenant inside, and install the inner
curtain to enclose the Ark within the Most Holy Place. Then bring in the
table, and arrange the utensils on it. And bring in the lampstand, and set
up the lamps.
“Place the gold incense altar in front of the Ark of the Covenant. Then
hang the curtain at the entrance of the Tabernacle. Place the altar of burnt
offering in front of the Tabernacle entrance. Set the washbasin between
the Tabernacle and the altar, and fill it with water. Then set up the courtyard around the outside of the tent, and hang the curtain for the courtyard
entrance.
“Take the anointing oil and anoint the Tabernacle and all its furnishings
to consecrate them and make them holy. Anoint the altar of burnt offering
and its utensils to consecrate them. Then the altar will become absolutely
holy. Next anoint the washbasin and its stand to consecrate them.
“Present Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and wash
them with water. Dress Aaron with the sacred garments and anoint him,
consecrating him to serve me as a priest. Then present his sons and dress
them in their tunics. Anoint them as you did their father, so they may also
serve me as priests. With their anointing, Aaron’s descendants are set apart
for the priesthood forever, from generation to generation.”
Moses proceeded to do everything just as the Lord had commanded
him.
So the Tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month of the
second year. Moses erected the Tabernacle by setting down its bases, inserting the frames, attaching the crossbars, and setting up the posts. Then
he spread the coverings over the Tabernacle framework and put on the
protective layers, just as the Lord had commanded him.
He took the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant and
placed them inside the Ark. Then he attached the carrying poles to the Ark,
and he set the Ark’s c­ over—­the place of a­ tonement—­on top of it. Then he
brought the Ark of the Covenant into the Tabernacle and hung the inner
curtain to shield it from view, just as the Lord had commanded him.





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