April 12, 2016

Today you should read: Exodus 27

Jesus, the Light of the World

In our passage today we see some more instructions regarding the building of the tabernacle.  As all of us, I’m sure, have noticed, these instructions are detailed and clear.  And God expects them to be obeyed!

One of the reasons they should be obeyed is that it showed the people’s faith.  The proof of their faith was proven through the faithfulness of their actions.   These detailed instructions also show how much God cares about His plans.  God cares about the details.  But in addition to this, these details should be taken seriously because they point us to greater things!  These instructions…rules…are not an end in themselves.  They point to Christ!

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

At the end of our passage we see the instructions for the lampstand.  The people are instructed to bring olive oil, to be burned in the lampstand.  This is praiseworthy.

The people were to bring olive oil, as a sacrifice.  In addition to their other sacrifices.  The olive oil was a sacrifice.

The people weren’t supposed to bring any old oil.  They had instructions about the type.  The olive oil was to be pure.

The people were to get this oil out of the olives in a certain way.  They had instructions about how.  The olives were beaten.

The oil was burned for a reason.  There was a reason for the oil.  The oil / lamp was meant to be a light.  

The lamp that was meant to burn the oil wasn’t just placed anywhere.  They had instructions on exactly where to place it.  They lamp was to be placed in front of the veil.  The lamp was meant to light the path to the presence of God.

What an image!  The details and obedience of these rules and acts in the Old Testament was meant to point to Christ!  And so our acts and the “rules” we keep are not an end in themselves.  They are meant to point people to Christ!

Are the details of your life pointing people to Christ?

By: Sam Cirrincione

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Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “April 12, 2016”

  1. This got me to thinking.. where do a bunch of people the middle of nowhere come up with the materials to build this thing? The wood would obviously be available from the surrounding land. But all the gold and silver and linen? We see later on that the people donated it, but they were originally slaves. The plunder from Egypt! Who’d have thought that when they were told to get gold and silver from the people of Eqypt that those materials would be used to build this truly ornate temple. That’s neat!

  2. Excellent point, John. I’d never thought about where all the gold and silver came from.

    If you look at pictures of the Tabernacle, it’s a very distinct setup. It’s not just any old tent. And while the chapter doesn’t say where in camp it was located, we know it was placed in the very center, with all the people surrounding it. I find that highly interesting. God was supposed to be at the center of his people’s lives, unique among other gods. And it is still the same way today, except that He lives in us, not in a tent.

    To address the question, Sam, it is my prayer and desire that the details of my life point to Christ.

  3. Great thoughts Sam! I really appreciate your second paragraph: faith proved in faithfulness // everything pointing to Christ.

    Olives, olive trees, and the Olive press are really fascinating things in the Bible. Understanding them a little bit better made me appreciate the garden of Gethsemane accounts so much more.

  4. Great thoughts, everyone!
    John: awesome insight!
    Courtney: love the tent being in the center!
    Todd: I didn’t even think about the garden!

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