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Exodus 37 – Furnishing

Well, the tabernacle proper and the alter have been built.  Now it is time for the very core of the tabernacle; the furnishings.  We have the table, the lampstand, the alter of incense, and most importantly, the ark of the covenant.  When i was a kid i always thought that the ark of the covenant would be BIG.  It would be taller than me and so big i wouldn’t be able to touch from end to end.  Almost like it would be the length of a big dining room table, but it’s actually very small.  If a cubit is the distance from the average person’s elbow to the tip of their middle finger, and the ark of the covenant is 2 1/2 cubits long, it’s really not very big.  Add to that the height and width each being 1 1/2 cubits, it’s something i could easily jump over from a standing position (not running)… not that i would.  I’m just saying that it would have been feasible if i had wanted to and God hadn’t struck me dead for even thinking it.

It’s even more interesting when you consider that the ark of the covenant sat on the floor / ground and not on a table.  So chances are that the ark of the covenant didn’t even come  up to most people’s waists.  It was the throne of YHWH, yet while standing up you looked DOWN on it!?!  I guess it’s surprising to me because i would think that the throne of the God of the universe and everything would be a wee bit bigger than… well, than that.  But it’s His ark.  I’ll let Him make it as big or small as He wants it to be.

The other interesting thing i wanted to note is how you hold it.  I grew up watching Indiana Jones and the Raiders of  the Lost Ark.  My dad really liked that movie.  So i know what the Ark of the Covenant looked like.  It was covered in pure gold, it had the two cherubim on top and the rings for the carrying poles about 3/4 of the way up.  But wait!  According to the text, the rings for the carrying poles were at the feet of the ark?…  It was the same way with the table.  The rings for the carrying poles were on the feet.  It’s almost like YHWH wanted  everyone to be able to see it when they travel.  Almost as though it wasn’t just meant to be hidden away in some tent 24/7/365.  Hmm, what an interesting concept!  You mean God isn’t just some hidden away god that we aren’t allowed to see or interact with?

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Genesis 8 – Waiting

Well, i’m just over a week into the process, and my first Pilot Varsity pen is getting low in ink.  It looks like i will be going through a whole lot of pens for this project.  Today was the shortest chapter i have had so far, yet it felt like one of the longest.  I think that waking up at 5am to start this project may be starting to wear on me; as i was having a really hard time focusing (physically) on the pages.  My eyes just did not want to cooperate.  Overall though, so far so good.

Well, for those of you who were worried; Noah, his family, and the animals made it safely through the flood and are finally out and on dry land.  Woo hoo!  The chapter felt really long because of how much Noah did to make sure that the land was ready to support the animals.  It must have gotten really old sitting there in the ark waiting for everything to be ready to finally be able to leave.

One of the things that i noticed in going through this chapter today is one of the physical features of the ark itself.  All of the pictures and artist renderings of the ark that i have seen show the huge base with the upper area that looks like a longhouse along the top with windows all along it that would allow someone to see what was going on.  But that’s different from how the Bible describes it.  The Bible describes the ark as having only one window.  It also describes Noah removing the covering from the ark.  So the ark is this big huge boat with only one window and a covering, i would assume that it would have been similar in makeup and purpose as a huge tarp covering the top of the ark.

So for 5 months the ark was going through the flood and riding the waves before it finally rested on the mount of Ararat.  Four and a half months later, Noah removed the covering of the ark and the people could see that the  surface of the ground was dried up.  Almost another three months before they stepped out of the ark.  That was a long time to be cooped up in a boat.  I know i wouldn’t have liked that very much.  It must have been quite a relief to finally be out.

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