TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 39
BY: Jeremy Witt
I did skip chapters 37 and 38 intentionally. These chapters give specifics to the articles in the Holy Place and Most Holy Place. Chapter 39 deals with the priests and what they wore. Before we dive into this, let us remember that God desired for Israel to be the priests to the nations. They were to take God to the nations and be the priestly nation. The tribe of Levi was the tribe who were to be the priests to the Israelites. Why is that important to us today? Jesus Christ is our High Priest. Read Hebrews 8:1-“Here is the main point: we have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.” You really should read that whole chapter if you can to see more how Jesus is the perfect High Priest.
Verses 2-7 in Exodus 39 focus on the ephod. This was a vest-like garment worn over the outer piece. The chestpiece (verses 8-21) was fitted over the ephod and sometimes throughout the Old Testament is just referred to as the ephod for simplicity. The chestpiece had 12 colored stones, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel. This was symbolic as the high priest stood in the place of the people before God. There are two pockets on the chestpiece which held the Urim and the Thummim. These stones were used to determine the LORD’s will in the Old Testament. We are not clear exactly of the how/what/why of these items other than it was used to seek the LORD’s direction. (Wouldn’t you like to have one of those in the times of silence or lack of direction?)
Verses 32-43 show us that Moses inspected everything. What I see here is accountability to ensure everything is followed specifically to God’s instructions. Since Moses heard from God, he was the only one who could do this and by following through with the inspection, it taught the people that following God’s Words were critical. When we are not held accountable, we (or at least I tend to) may not be as thorough as we should. However, when we know we will be held accountable, we are more thorough or focused upon the task ahead.
Verses 42-43 tells us that the work was done properly and the people received a blessing from Moses. When we get positive feedback, it is quite encouraging to hear “well done.” Hmmmm, doesn’t that sound like something we want to hear from the Father in heaven?
May we hear those from Him, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”