Playing hide and seek :)
November 17, 2010 § 3 Comments
Got inspired to write a post today from my morning readings.
I never really understood the Old testament readings. I love the stories in it but could not relate to it much. But since The eternal purpose, my eyes has been opened to the richness of Christ that the OT has.
Before, I thought that the lives of the people of the books (such as: Moses, David and the Israelites) were only to be modeled after. Boy was I missing the point! There’s a greater picture! Here is one that I found today.
The Ark of the Covenant
Let me give you the background story behind this magical box. Then I will break it down part to part. Hopefully you’ll see what blew me away.
During their time in the wilderness, God asked Moses and the Israelites to build this box with some other things (Exodus 25). The Ark was placed inside God’s dwelling place called the Tabernacle. Why does God need a tabernacle? Because from the beginning of time, God wanted to live among His people. (Ex 29:45-46)
The ark was to be put inside the Holy of Holies (Where God dwelled) of the tabernacle. No one had access to this room other than the high priest for “The day of atonement” — On this day, God’s people (the Israelites) was made right of their wrong doings for the year. It was a day of purification from sin.
Throughout the OT, the Ark was a literal sign that God dwelled among His people. In the time of Joshua, when the Israelites circled the walls of Jericho guess what was being carried upfront? In the time of the kings, the Israelites would win their war when the ark was with them and vice versa. The Israelites weep when they found out that the ark was taken by the philistine. The ark represent God’s presence for the Israelites.
Now let’s take a look at the parts of the ark and its significance:
Inside the Ark, Moses put the two stone tablets – the ten commandments – that God gave to the Israelites (Exodus 40:20). The cover was called “the atonement” cover. On the top of the cover there was two cherubs (angelic being) facing each other with its wings opened forward (look at the picture)
God did not ask the Israelites to build this box for kicks and giggles, there’s a significant to it. The Israelites believed that God sat in between the cherubs on top of the atonement cover. This was God’s throne among his people (Lev 16:2)
Now get this, what was inside the box? The 10 commandments (THE LAW). On the day of atonement, the high priest had to come in the presence of the ark. Then, he had to sprinkle blood on the cover of atonement for the purification of the Israelites. After that ritual, the Israelites was made right with God for the year. WOW! The blood that was sprinkled on top of the cover of atonement cancelled out “the law” inside the box. What a foreshadowing of Christ!!
What about the two cherubs on top? They are the guardian God’s presence. If you remember, after Adam and Eve sin, God kicked them out of the garden and there were two angelic beings (Cherubs) placed in front of the garden to guard it. In fact the jewish people called the tabernacle or the temple of God in their time: “the second garden” (Frank viola)
The ark was none other than the picture of Christ Jesus, our Lord. The ark to the Israelites was like Jesus to us.
Not only the ark was a picture of Jesus, Hebrews wrote:
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. (Hebrews 4:14)
“The high priest” was also a picture of Christ. The difference between Christ and the high priest of the old testaments is that: Christ made us right once and for all (imagined if we had to be made right once a year?) not with animal’s blood, but with His blood.
And he understand your weaknesses (Hebrew 4:15)
God loves to play hide and seek eh? 😉 find more of Him in your own reading!