Exodus 30:29

29 you shall consecrate them, so that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy.

Exodus 30:29 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 30:29

And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy,
&c.] By anointing them, and so be set apart for sacred uses only; as by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the people of God, the vessels of mercy, are really sanctified, and made meet for the master's use; and therefore it is called the sanctification of the Spirit, which is true holiness, in opposition to typical or ceremonial holiness, here intended; and if this holy anointing oil made those things most holy that were anointed with it, how much more must the grace of the Spirit those who partake of it; and though it is at present imperfect, it will be perfected, and become complete holiness, without which no man can see the Lord:

whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy;
as is said of the most holy altar, (See Gill on Exodus 29:37). The Targum of Jonathan interprets it of persons that approach these holy places, and things so anointed and sanctified, paraphrasing the words thus;

``whosoever cometh unto them of the priests shall be holy, but of the rest of the tribes shall be burnt with flaming fire before the Lord.''

Exodus 30:29 In-Context

27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,
28 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand;
29 you shall consecrate them, so that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy.
30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, in order that they may serve me as priests.
31 You shall say to the Israelites, "This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations.