Wednesday, March 21, 2018

day no. 14,394: our great High Priest's shoulders

Exodus 28:11-12
As a jeweler engraves signets, so shall you engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel. You shall enclose them in settings of gold filigree. 12 And you shall set the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. And Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders for remembrance.

The High Priest was to bear the weight of all his people on his shoulders as he approached the throne of God. The High Priest was to remember them by bearing their weight on his shoulders. Jesus Christ would bear the weight of His people as our great High Priest as He lugged that cursed tree up that dusty road. Our High Priest has once for all bore our names and our sins before God on our behalf.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

day no. 14,393: for glory and for beauty

Exodus 28:2
And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.

I read this today and thought of my wife. I love how God is concerned with glory and beauty. It is the essence of femininity: the glory of man and the most beautiful of all God's creation. God commanded Aaron's garments to be made beautiful because they were going to enter directly into God's glory. For the reason then of making much of God (glory) skilled workers are to labor and toil to produce beautiful garments to adorn the priest prior to his entering the holy place. It's not all fully baked out, but I hope you can see how the connections were beginning to form in my mind. I like that she puts time into looking nice and that she takes her femininity seriously for the sake of glory and for the sake of beauty.

Monday, March 19, 2018

day no. 14,392: a good man good at being a man

Psalm 45
Everything women want men to be and everything men respect and admire in other men is here embodied: a compassionate, caring, just, strong, sword-wielding, enemy-subduing man. A man strong enough to assert his will, yet integrous enough to assert it only for cause of truth and justice. We want good, strong men to protect us from strong, evil men. If those who have our back are strong AND good, we rejoice and rest and fight with renewed vigor. This Man of men, Husband of husbands, Warrior of warriors, Judge of judges, King of kings, and Lord of lords is our God. He is mighty AND merciful to save. He is unconquerable and compassionate so that some enemies are subdued by saving them while others are subdued by squashing them.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

day no. 14,391: yet again

Psalm 44
We have been first hand witnesses to the power of God in our own lives, in our own struggles. We know for a fact that it was His power that prevailed against our weakness -- which is why it is so difficult now to endure defeat. Before we found our hope in God, our winning was actually losing. And now that we belong to Him our losing is actually winning. What looked like success before was actually failure and what looks like failure now is actually success. Nevertheless, we beg God to manifest His power and strength on our behalf that we might rejoice yet again. May we again see idols toppled, sins overcome, chains broken, etc… May we see it again that we might give God the credit again. For God's sake we will be slaughtered all day long. For our sake, Lord, let us see victory once again.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

day no. 14,390: the wedding veil

Exodus 26:1-14, 33
And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy. 

The first 14 verses of this chapter are dedicated to extensive detail regarding the curtains to be used in the construction of the tabernacle. And then this 33rd verse concerns itself in particular with the veil that would cover the Most Holy Place. As much detail as we observe in these verses, it pales in comparison to the detail God put into preparing and providing the true Curtain. 

Hebrews 10:19-20
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh 

Jesus' body was the true and perfect curtain that bridges the gap between God and man. His flesh was ripped and torn into pieces in order to dispel the distance between us, reconciling God and man, heaven and earth by His perfect life and sacrifice death.

The Heavenly groom lifted the bridal veil so that the newly married couple could see each other face to face.

Friday, March 16, 2018

day no. 14,389: diameter and circumference

Psalm 43
This song seems like a reprise of Psalm 42 which goes to show that depression is not a one-time thing that is easily fixed. It requires constant kicking to keep it from covering you like a blanket. But God is my exceeding joy; and light dispels darkness -- however, the greater the diameter of light, the greater the circumference of darkness. The more we believe in God, the more problems we should expect to observe.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

day no. 14,388: the perfect pattern

Exodus 25:9, 40
Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it. 40 And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.

When God desires a particular, He provides a pattern. He doesn't demand something specific without providing specific instructions. He has communicated clearly what He requires. This attention to detail will manifest itself entirely in the Person and work of the High Priest, our Sacrifice and Temple, Jesus Christ.