February 5

Exodus 37-38

In our reading today we have a description of the building of the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 37:1-9). The craftsmanship involved in this is truly remarkable and of course was not built by human knowledge alone. It was God that gave an individual named Bezaleel the wisdom and knowledge to build everything in the Tabernacle according to the directions Moses gave him (Exodus 31:1-11). The Ark itself was made of wood but was covered completely with gold (Exodus 37:1, 2). One of the most remarkable aspects about the Ark is the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark, which served as a lid also, it was one solid piece of gold. Exodus 37:6-8 “He made the atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.37:7 Then he made two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.37:8 He made one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; at the two ends he made them of one piece with the cover.” It was quite a piece of craftsmanship. But the most remarkable thing about the Ark is that not only would it house the presence of God, it was also a type and foreshadow of Christ Jesus in his earthly ministry, and also a type and foreshadow of believers in the New Covenant when the presence of God would dwell in the believer (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:11). Glory to God! We in the New Covenant are the Ark of God, because of what Christ Jesus accomplished on the cross and in His resurrection.  

 

Matthew 23:23-39

In our reading today we have the heart of Christ Jesus, the heart of God broken over the rebellion of his people. All of Matthew 23 was spent by Christ prophesying one woe after another over the scribes, the Pharisees, the hypocrites and the blind guides for their rebellion against God (Matthew 23:1-32) Jesus referred to them as serpents and a generation of vipers (Matthew 23:33). And in the end his heart was broken as a parent over his children. Oh how he wanted to dote on them and protect them as a mother hen over her chicks, instead he declared their condition as “desolate” (Matthew 23:37-39). Their religious system of sacrifices and their temple would be destroyed not long from that day, and for thousands of years they as a people would be without God. A couple months from that day they could, as individuals have a deeper relationship with God but it would be in a New Covenant in Christ Jesus. The Old was gone and the New was about to begin.  

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