Someone saw and touched the ark of the covenant

Exodus Bible Background

Old Testament: Exo 37.1–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 37–38 on February 5, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Exodus 37 begins:

Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits was its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height.

– Exodus 37.1

Moses then reported on what Bezalel did:

He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold all around it. And he cast for it four rings of gold to be set in its four corners: two rings on one side, and two rings on the other side of it. He made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold. And he put the poles into the rings at the sides of the ark, to bear the ark. He also made the mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half cubits was its length and a cubit and a half its width. He made two cherubim of beaten gold; he made them of one piece at the two ends of the mercy seat: one cherub at one end on this side, and the other cherub at the other end on that side. He made the cherubim at the two ends of one piece with the mercy seat.

– Exodus 37.2–8

Moses ended with:

The cherubim spread out their wings above, and covered the mercy seat with their wings. They faced one another; the faces of the cherubim were toward the mercy seat.

– Exodus 37.9

That caught my attention. Why? Well, no one was supposed to see or touch the Ark of the Covenant, the mercy seat, or the cherubim, except for the priests who moved it and the high priest who saw it once a year. Yet, Bezalel saw and touched it because he made it! Whoever brought the materials to him, saw and touched those things also!

So then, the sacredness of those things was not in the materials, but when the priests consecrated them for the work of the Lord, they became holy objects.

We differ not from other people, but when we consecrate ourselves for the work of the Lord through baptism in Jesus, we become holy objects. Use yourself for the glory of God.

Questions:

  • Have you been baptized?
  • Do you see yourself as someone holy who is dedicated to the Lord?

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