Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- These items in the tabernacle were not just God’s good idea, they were each loaded with meaning. It would take quite a time for someone much more skilled than I to unpack the meaning of each piece, however I will mention one. The breastpiece has 12 precious jewels which represented the 12 tribes of Israel. If you know anything about the symbolism of numbers in the bible you will know that 12 is a number of completion or fullness. The stones are precious signifying that the people they represent are precious. They are placed over the heart signifying love and protection. If you take all these elements together you will see this signifies Jesus as our great high priest loving and protecting all (completeness) His people. We are close to His heart and He loves us.
- The Tabernacle and its contents was laden with meaning. None of it was meant to be permanent but it was all pointing toward the one who was to come, Jesus. Spend some time again thanking God that you can enter into His presence freely because of what Jesus has done for you. He was the sacrifice on the altar, He is the bread of life, He is the light of the world, He is the ark of the presence of God, His life was an acceptable incense pleasing to God. His death caused the veil to be torn in two, we are no longer separate.
- Lastly, as we have now reached the end of Exodus, think about what you have learned from this book and what you will take away from it.