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November 5, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: John 3-4
Audio: John 3-4

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Memory Verse of the Week

“And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.”
(Exodus 31:18 ESV)

Exodus 27 (ESV)

“You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. And you shall make horns for it on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze. You shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and fire pans. You shall make all its utensils of bronze. You shall also make for it a grating, a network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. And you shall set it under the ledge of the altar so that the net extends halfway down the altar. And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. And the poles shall be put through the rings, so that the poles are on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. You shall make it hollow, with boards. As it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made.

“You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side. 10 Its twenty pillars and their twenty bases shall be of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 11 And likewise for its length on the north side there shall be hangings a hundred cubits long, its pillars twenty and their bases twenty, of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side there shall be hangings for fifty cubits, with ten pillars and ten bases. 13 The breadth of the court on the front to the east shall be fifty cubits. 14 The hangings for the one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. 15 On the other side the hangings shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases. 16 For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. It shall have four pillars and with them four bases. 17 All the pillars around the court shall be filleted with silver. Their hooks shall be of silver, and their bases of bronze. 18 The length of the court shall be a hundred cubits, the breadth fifty, and the height five cubits, with hangings of fine twined linen and bases of bronze. 19 All the utensils of the tabernacle for every use, and all its pegs and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.

20 “You shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that a lamp may regularly be set up to burn. 21 In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout their generations by the people of Israel.

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  1. The Ark of the Covenant

    I wanted to share an artistic rendition of what the Ark of the Covenant (AOTC) may have looked like according to the specifications revealed in Scripture. In addition, I'm providing some interesting details about the "AOTC" from Smith's Bible Dictionary. 

    Ark of the Covenant

    "The first piece of the tabernacle’s furniture, for which precise directions were delivered. Ex. 25. I. Description.—It appears to have been an oblong chest of shittim (acacia) wood, 2½ cubits long by 1½ broad and deep. Within and without gold was overlaid on the wood, and on the upper side or lid, which was edged round about with gold, the mercy-seat was placed. The ark was fitted with rings, one at each of the four corners, and through these were passed staves of the same wood similarly overlaid, by which it was carried by the Kohathites. Num. 7:9; 10:21. The ends of the staves were visible without the veil in the holy place of the temple of Solomon. 1 Kings 8:8. The ark, when transported, was enveloped in the “veil” of the dismantled tabernacle, in the curtain of badgers’ skins, and in a blue cloth over all, and was therefore not seen. Num. 4:5, 20.

    II. Purpose.—Its purpose was to contain inviolate the divine autograph of the two tables, that “covenant” from which it derived its title. It was also probably a reliquary for the pot of manna and the rod of Aaron.
    III. History.—Before David’s time its abode was frequently shifted. It sojourned among several, probably Levitical, families, 1 Sam. 7:1; 2 Sam. 6:3, 11; 1 Chron. 13:13; 15:24, 25, in the border villages of eastern Judah, and did not take its place in the tabernacle, but dwelt in curtains, i.e., in a separate tent pitched for it in Jerusalem by David. Subsequently the temple, when completed, received, in the installation of the ark in its shrine, the signal of its inauguration by the effulgence of divine glory instantly manifested. It was probably taken captive or destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, 2 Esdr. 10:22, so that there was no ark in the second temple."

    Smith, W. (1986). In Smith’s Bible Dictionary. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

  2. Such attention to detail reminds me of the incredible attention and care God has for every detail when He creates us…right down to the way we look. Every cell of our bodies matters to Him, and He has written the instructions not on paper but in our very DNA. Those instructions, personalized and unique to each one of us, determines even the number of hairs on our head…the color of our eyes…the color of our skin…our height…the size of our feet and the width of our nose.

    All is for His glory! 

    "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    Wonderful are Your works,
    And my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14

    "Everyone who is called by My name,
     And whom I have created for My glory,
    Whom I have formed, even whom I have made." Isaiah 43:7

    And we — those who are in Christ, who have been redeemed by God for His glory — we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, the place where God dwells! 

    "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? "For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    Aaron and his sons are to tend the lamp and keep it burning night and day (Exodus 20:26-27). I'm reminded of the light we now carry in us, the light of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us:

    “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14

    "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Ephesians 2:10


    I want to meditate on these things today…

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