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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 45 – Revealed

Some chapters i have to read and read and read the same thing over and over again before i can get it down on paper accurately.  I just have a hard time keeping it all together in my mind long enough for it to get put on paper accurately.  Other times, like today, i start copying the verses down and it all flows so smoothly.

This has to be my favorite part of this story.  He just can’t take it anymore.  Joseph breaks down and lets it all out.  He reveals the truth in the presence of his brothers.  All the work and testing that he has done, has led up to this purpose.  He can now tell them not only who he is, but that this has all been a part of God’s plan.  That they have nothing to fear and that God is blessing them abundantly above all things.

Wow, what it must have been like?  To have all of this happen to you, to look back and know that God was directing and leading it all, and that you now have such a huge part to play in the process.  Then to be able to come back, reconcile with those who “did you harm” and be able to tell them, “Do not fear.  God meant for all of this to happen, and His plan is amazing!”  What must it have been like for the brothers?  Their dark and dirty secret out in the open, but for the good.  All the guilt, pain, and agony that they had buried finally revealed with the ability to let it go.  They still had to deal with the consequences and the backlash.  But, the truth has been revealed, and they can finally be free.

Are their things in our lives that we have hidden that we wish would and could be revealed?  I know that plenty of times in my life this has been the case.  What Jesus told the Pharisees was that if they chose God and became His disciples, they would know the truth, and the truth would set them free. (John 8:32)  They had enslaved themselves to the law and their own rules.  They needed to be released from those chains.  This was their chance and opportunity.  One day, all will be revealed, until then; we may know / reveal the truth, and the truth will set us free.

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