6 June, 2023

Exodus 37

Exodus 37 Devotional

ALISTER WALLACE

Bezalel is recorded as the artisan tasked with making the ark of the covenant as specified earlier in Exodus 25. He is described, previously, as being from the tribe of Judah and had been filled “…with the spirit of God, with wisdom and understanding, with knowledge and all kinds of skills…to work in wood and engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.” (Exodus 35:30-35).

The top of the ark of the covenant was made of gold and had two golden cherubim on it and was known as the ‘atonement cover’ or ‘mercy seat’. This was placed in the inner sanctuary of the tabernacle (the Holy of Holies).  On the annual ‘Day of Atonement’, the high priest entered this sanctuary and smeared the blood of a bull, and a goat, seven times on the mercy seat to make atonement for himself, his household, and all Israel (Leviticus 16:12-19).

 The Hebrew word that is used, ‘to atone’, has different meanings, such as ‘cover’ or ‘wipe off’. This, initially, may appear a little contradictory, but the actions of the high priest  covering the mercy seat with the sacrificial blood was, simultaneously, wiping away their sin by bringing forgiveness to the people.

Jesus was, likewise, from the tribe of Judah and, before His public ministry, also well known as an artisan (Mark 6:3). However, Paul, referring to the cross, states “God displayed Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of blood – to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:25 NIV). Jesus didn’t construct an object for sacrifice like Bezalel, but in His physical body, became the place of sacrifice and shed His own blood to bring forgiveness to you and me. As we consider what Jesus ‘the artisan’ has done, take time to thank Him again for His sacrifice that “…cleanses our consciences from acts that lead to death that we may serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:11-14).

One comment on “Exodus 37”

  1. I was imagining what it would have been like for an Israelite in these days to watch all the preparations that went into this Meeting Tent. It was truly a set apart, special place. If a child asked, “Mummy, what’s going on?” the reply might have been: “We’re making a special place to meet with God.” The conclusion a child might have made then was that:
    God is special. (He is that! There is no one like the Lord)
    It’s important to meet with Him. (Definitely!)
    He tells us how to do that. (He does and is eager for us to come)
    He lives in a tent! (Just not one made with human hands - our bodies temples of the Holy Spirit)

    God was educating his people, teaching them how to approach Him properly. Just as there are protocols for approaching royalty, so for Almighty God.

    But now under the New Covenant we are so privileged:
    “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭19‬-‭25‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    https://bible.com/bible/116/heb.10.19-23.NLT

    Thank you, Alister, thanking Jesus indeed for His sacrifice

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