Monday, September 25, 2017

Exodus 31

God's requirement for the tabernacle should be according to the pattern which was shown to Moses on the mountain (25:40). Though the Israelites were formerly masons and bricklayers in Egypt, they were not qualified for such a heavenly workmanship. Therefore God filled Bezalel and all the workers with the Spirit of the Lord, in wisdom and understanding, and all manner of workmanship to accomplish God's plan and design. Indeed, to be employed for God is high honor, and if we have been called to any ministry, God will put His Spirit in our hearts to make fit for it. Then the Lord told them the importance of Sabbath, signifying rest or ceasing from labor. It is a sign of God's covenant between the Lord and the Israelites, and it must continue forever. Then God gave Moses two tablets of stones written with the finger of God, by His will and power. Today, the law of God has been written in the hearts of all believers, that we may be able to obey Him in all eternity. God bless.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Exodus 30

The altar of incense was required by the Lord to place before the veil that separates the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. Aaron was instructed to burn incense on the altar each morning and at twilight (v7-8), that typified the high priest's pleading of his people. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the east brought incense as gift, to signify the intercessory works of Christ for our salvation. Then, God instructed Moses to ask the ransom money, half shekel for each, signifying equality of soul in God, for the service of the temple. A large vessel of brass, holding water, was to be set near the door of the tabernacle for cleansing. And the holy anointing oil should be made to anoint Aaron and his sons to minister unto the Lord. Here, God's detail requirement in His service tells us to be careful, and not to follow anything or counterfeit by using "any other like it according to its composition" (v32). Our service and activities for the Lord should be according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, congregationally, not according to our individual interests. God bless.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Exodus 29

The priests of Israel, Aaron and his sons, were to be set apart for this ministry, with ceremony and solemnity. Animals sacrifices like bull and ram were to be offered at the altar according to the commandments of the Lord. Blood shall be put on the tip of the right ear of the priests, on the thumb of the right hand, on the big toe other right foot, and the rest shall be sprinkled at the altar. Two lambs were to be offered daily, one in the morning and one in the evening throughout all generations. These sacrifices signified the suffering made by Jesus Christ at the cross, being the High Priest and the sacrificial lamb at the same time. Though He offered Himself but once for all, it becomes a continued offering throughout all generations. Daily sacrifices also teaches us to offer ourselves to Christ, being in communion with Him in our daily prayer and devotion every day, morning and evening. This is the most needful and most pleasant comfort in our daily spiritual nourishment from the Lord. God bless.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Exodus 28

The priestly garments distinguished the priests from the people, signifying the holiness of God which should be the glory and beauty of the ministry, and without these, their ministration will be had in contempt. Their work is to present the concerns of people unto God, including the worship and offerings. Christ as our High Priest presents the Christians before the Father for eternal communion. Our adorning in the gospel is not of gold and costly array, but the garments of praise and salvation. The Urim (light) and Thummin (perfection) are God's special stone or device, by which the will of God was made known to His people. Today, Christ is the true light and perfection, and without Him, people are lost forever. "Holiness to the Lord" is a reminder that God is holy, His priests must be holy and devoted to God, including the entire nation of Israel, and all followers of Christ. If the priest enters the Holy of Holies without wearing the holy garments, he shall die. In the day of judgment, without having Christ in man's life, they shall die and separate from the presence of God eternally. Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ, our High Priest forever. God bless.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Exodus 27

The altar should be made of acacia wood, overlaid with bronze, and having horns in its four corners. In here, they must bring their sacrifices, on which the priest must offer them to the Lord. The altar is to be hollow, similar to heavenly vision that was shown to Moses on the mountain (v8). God also told Moses to make the court of the tabernacle, formed by curtains hung upon brazen pillars, fixed in brazen sockets. Within this enclosure, the priests and Levites should offer the sacrifices, and to that place the Jewish sacrifices were admitted. This distinction shows the separation between those with and without access from God. Then pure oil should be brought to the altar to light the lamps and tend them. It represents the continuous works of the Lord that shines amidst His people. Blessed be our Lord who gives light to lighten the path of all men, for the salvation unto the ends of the earth. God bless and Shana tova.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Exodus 26

The Lord manifested His presence in a tabernacle or tent, while the Israelites were in the wilderness. The curtains of the tabernacle were to be made with much details and elaboration, covering one after the others, and were defended by covering of skins. The materials were very costly, and they represents the heavenly things; though outwardly are earthly but inwardly are glorious and precious in the sight of God. This is similar to our physical bodies, though weak and imperfect, but the inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. Then the veil or curtain should be made to separate the holy place from the most holy place. Though the Lord is in their midst, there is still separation between God and His people. Life and eternity lay hidden until they were brought to light when the Savior was manifested in the person of Christ. Now we have boldness to enter into the most holy place through Christ our Redeemer. God bless.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Exodus 25

The ark of Testimony, the table for the showbread, and the golden lampstand are all made from acacia wood, but overlaid with gold. The cherubim of gold looked one towards another, and both looked downward toward the ark. It denotes the presence of the angels among God's people, ready to do His will. Inside the ark, the law of God written in tablets were to be kept, as a testimony in them about His will. God told Moses to make sure that everything must be done according to the pattern God had shown him on the mountain (v40). The ark of the covenant is the symbol of man's hearts, where the commandments of God were to be kept too. Always remember that we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and we have the law of God in our hearts, so that we are to live a life of communion with God forever. May the Lord help us to to be faith unto Himself, and to walk according to His perfect will and direction. God bless.