11 Likewise along the length of the north side there shall be hangings one hundred cubits long, with its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of bronze, and the hooks of the pillars and their bands of silver.
I have found that in the past I have thought of these people in the Old Testament as people being just short of unintelligent barbarians, because they didn’t have all of the technology we have today. I humbly acknowledge that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the reality that the Israelites were able to make this glorious structure while in the wilderness, out of the elements and tools they had, speaks loudly of their amazing ingenuity. I would have loved to have watched the whole process from construction to setting it up and tearing down, as well as the use of it along the way. It must have been awe inspiring.
20 “And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.
The lamps which were to burn continually, speak of the light of Jesus which shines continually in our hearts.
15 “You shall make the breastplate of judgment. Artistically woven according to the workmanship of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, you shall make it.
Something I had never thought of before is the contrast to what we see here about the breastplate, being the breastplate of ‘judgment’, versus the breastplate of ‘righteousness’ we read about in Ephesians 6. Jesus took all judgment upon himself at the cross and became our righteousness. No longer do we have to be concerned about Gods judgment. I thought it was a cool picture. I am constantly amazed at how the word continues to speak new things to my heart after all these years.
35 And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the Lord and when he comes out, that he may not die.
We will learn the the high priest was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies but once a year. Such an event was so sacred, as they would be entering into the presence of the Lord, that should there be any impurity unatoned for, they would be killed instantly. The only assurance to those outside waiting for the priest to come out, was hearing the constant sound of these bells. As I understand it, if the sound of the bells ceased, they knew the priest has been killed and they would pull him out by a rope that had been tied around him. Hebrews tells us, ‘it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God’. Praise the Lord for the free and instant access we have to God through Jesus.
13 And He said to them, “ It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves. ’”
We mustn’t forget the importance of prayer in the eyes of God. It is the way in which we communicate with the Lord. There is so much merchandising of Christianity today. I wonder what Jesus would do if He were walking the earth today. I shudder to think about it. Lord teach us to pray!
27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” And He said to them, “ Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
It is sheer foolishness to think that anyone could ever outsmart Jesus.