Jesus! What a wonderful name. What a wonderful savior we serve! So many things are wrapped up in JESUS! I love how God uses so many things to bring us back to Jesus. The Bible is full of symbolism, and things that all point to Jesus. He IS! Amen! Let’s look where we left off last week, at the Ark of the Covenant. This really can’t get any more exciting for me. I love wordsmithery (yes that is the actual word, and how it’s used!) I just get so excited when I can dig in to The Word, and come away with more understanding, more wisdom, more everything, but especially more JESUS!
Jesus is fully human, and the arcadia wood on the exterior of the ark represents his human body. It is overlaid by gold, which represents his divine nature. On the cover is the Mercy Seat, where every year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies and sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice for the remission of the sins of the people. Jesus Christ is the mercy seat. He died and shed his blood for the remission of all sin. The two cherubim that are on top of the Ark face each other and overshadow the mercy seat. When Mary came to the tomb, there were two angels. One sitting at the head, where Christ’s body was, and one sitting at his feet, just like they were positioned on the Ark of the Covenant. Amazing!
God told Moses to put three things inside the Ark, they were, a piece of the manna from heaven, the staff of Arron, and the Ten Commandments. I read this and thought, do these things represent Jesus too? BOOM! I dug a little deeper. Check it out.
Manna from Heaven. It is called the bread of life for a reason. God supernaturally sustained an entire nation with divine food that could not be found any other place on earth, could not be stored, but had to be taken fresh every day, and could only be gotten from Him. Jesus! I will say it again, Jesus! He is the living word made flesh, the bread of life from whom all things flow. He is our supernatural provision.
Okay, I get the bread thing, but the staff? Here is the amazing thing about Arron’s staff, it was dead as a door knob. Dead, dead, dead. It was a piece of a dead tree that Moses used to divide into 12 pieces, one for each tribe, as a way to determine which tribe would become the priests before the Lord. They were all terrified of the power of God, and needed someone to make a decision. All 12 rods were put together, each having the name of the elder of the tribe carved into it. Arron’s staff not only budded, it came back to life! God chose the tribe of Levi to be his priests. So it still is. With one exception. JESUS! Not only does this represent the resurrection of our Lord, but the staff signifies His place as High Priest in the Holy of Holies. How cool is that? Jesus.
Finally we get to the Law. The final item was The Ten Commandments, which God knew could never be fully kept, but are fully completed through the cross of Christ. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law. Jesus fulfilled every covenant God made with man, even this one. God did not want the Mosaic covenant. He did not want us to be under the law of sin and death, but Praise Him! He made a way of salvation for us anyway. We do foolish things sometimes, and even then, God shows up, and does for us what only He can.
God is a God of specifics. He never wastes an opportunity to BE GOD. Joshua 3:5 (KNJV), “And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.””
Something big was about the happen. Joshua said that the Lord was going to do wonders among them. The word wonders there means to be marvelous, be wonderful, be surpassing, be extraordinary, It also means to be beyond one’s power, meaning they could not have done this wonder on their own.
These wonders were going to be so marvelous, so surpassing, so extraordinary that they could never grasp the vast scope of everything that was happening to them through this crossing. Now notice Joshua said that God was going to do these wonders AMONG them.
The word among means this… inward parts… the heart, the mind, the seat of thoughts and desires.
In other words, The Soul! Love, K.S.