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November 15, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Acts 7-8
Audio: Acts 7-8

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Memory Verse of the Week

“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”
(Exodus 34:6 ESV)

Exodus 37 (ESV)

Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half was its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold around it. And he cast for it four rings of gold for its four feet, two rings on its one side and two rings on its other side. And he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark. And he made a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half was its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. And he made two cherubim of gold. He made them of hammered work on the two ends of the mercy seat, one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat he made the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat were the faces of the cherubim.

10 He also made the table of acacia wood. Two cubits was its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 And he overlaid it with pure gold, and made a molding of gold around it. 12 And he made a rim around it a handbreadth wide, and made a molding of gold around the rim. 13 He cast for it four rings of gold and fastened the rings to the four corners at its four legs. 14 Close to the frame were the rings, as holders for the poles to carry the table.15 He made the poles of acacia wood to carry the table, and overlaid them with gold. 16 And he made the vessels of pure gold that were to be on the table, its plates and dishes for incense, and its bowls and flagons with which to pour drink offerings.

17 He also made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered work. Its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers were of one piece with it. 18 And there were six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it; 19 three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on one branch, and three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on the other branch—so for the six branches going out of the lampstand. 20 And on the lampstand itself were four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers, 21 and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out of it. 22 Their calyxes and their branches were of one piece with it. The whole of it was a single piece of hammered work of pure gold. 23 And he made its seven lamps and its tongs and its trays of pure gold. 24 He made it and all its utensils out of a talent of pure gold.

25 He made the altar of incense of acacia wood. Its length was a cubit, and its breadth was a cubit. It was square, and two cubits was its height. Its horns were of one piece with it. 26 He overlaid it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And he made a molding of gold around it, 27 and made two rings of gold on it under its molding, on two opposite sides of it, as holders for the poles with which to carry it. 28 And he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.

29 He made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended as by the perfumer.

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This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Gold

    Today's chapter continues with the building of the tabernacle. What is clear from reading Exodus 37 is that Bezalel was busy. As the chief builder of the tabernacle, his spirit-filled work was to accomplish all that God laid out in His "blueprints."

    "Gold" is mentioned twenty times in this chapter and for good reason. As Herbert Lockyer writes, "Gold is symbolic for Deity, and as Christ is everywhere in the tabernacle, His Deity is emphasized. He is the substance of the shadow. He is our mercy seat, the One whose death and resurrection make possible the acceptance of God."

    I also found this helpful from Ligonier.org:

    "Our knowledge that the ark mimics a throne, or, more specifically, a footstool, has been bolstered since archaeologists have discovered thrones from ancient Near Eastern kingdoms with a look similar to that of the ark of the covenant. Like the other articles in the temple, it was made from acacia wood, which was a highly durable wood that grew in the area. The ark was covered with pure gold, gold that had been treated so as to remove any impurities. Obviously, anything less could not be a fitting piece of furniture for the King of kings. Basically, the ark was a box fitted with poles so that it could be lifted onto the shoulders and carried without being touched directly. These poles were never removed (Exodus 25:12–16), probably so that the ark could be carried off at a moment’s notice. The ark went everywhere that Israel went, even into battle (Joshua 6), and the ark’s constant availability to be picked up and carried off symbolized God’s willingness to go with His people wherever they might go."

    I pray that as we work our way through chapters of great detail, we remember that God wants us to know these details. We may not remember them all but when we understand what God was doing, why He was doing it and the symbolism in what is being done, it should help us better understand this is much more than just a historical account of Israel's history and God's interaction with them.
     

  2. "He made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended as by the perfumer."

    Anointing oil is used in both the Old and New Testaments. I'd like to learn more, since I've known Christians who use it when praying for people in especially trying circumstances.

    I'm also curious about incense, since we see it in Revelation.

    I just don't know anything about either of these. I feel I've been in churches where the fear of adding anything to "faith alone" has kept people from something more. I know when I've been around Christians who do use oil and incense in prayer and worship, I've felt like superstition was part of their faith. But is that because I don't understand? Because I haven't been in churches where oil and incense are used? 

    What is the place of oil and incense in the church today? 

    After reading a few articles from different perspectives, I’m going to start here:
    https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/anointing/

     

     

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