Exodus 25* What the Israelites were to offer for making the tabernacle.(1-9) The ark. (10-22) The table, with its furniture. (23-30)The candlestick. (31-40)1-9 God chose the people of Israel to be a peculiar people tohimself, above all people, and he himself would be their King.He ordered a royal palace to be set up among them for himself,called a sanctuary, or holy place, or habitation. There heshowed his presence among them. And because in the wildernessthey dwelt in tents, this royal palace was ordered to be atabernacle, that it might move with them. The people were tofurnish Moses with the materials, by their own free will. Thebest use we can make of our worldly wealth, is to honour Godwith it in works of piety and charity. We should ask, not only,What must we do? but, What may we do for God? Whatever theygave, they must give it cheerfully, not grudgingly, for Godloves a cheerful giver, #2Co 9:7|. What is laid out in theservice of God, we must reckon well bestowed; and whatsoever isdone in God's service, must be done by his direction. 10-22 The ark was a chest, overlaid with gold, in which the twotables of the law were to be kept. These tables are called thetestimony; God in them testified his will. This law was atestimony to the Israelites, to direct them in their duty, andwould be a testimony against them, if they transgressed. Thisark was placed in the holy of holies; the blood of thesacrifices was sprinkled, and the incense burned, before it, bythe high priest; and above it appeared the visible glory, whichwas the symbol of the Divine presence. This was a type of Christin his sinless nature, which saw no corruption, in personalunion with his Divine nature, atoning for our sins against it,by his death. The cherubim of gold looked one towards another,and both looked downward toward the ark. It denotes the angels'attendance on the Redeemer, their readiness to do his will,their presence in the assemblies of saints, and their desire tolook into the mysteries of the gospel. It was covered with acovering of gold, called the mercy-seat. God is said to dwell,or sit between the cherubim, on the mercy-seat. There he wouldgive his law, and hear supplicants, as a prince on his throne. 23-30 A table was to be made of wood, overlaid with gold, tostand in the outer tabernacle, to be always furnished with theshew-bread. This table, with the articles on it, and its use,seems to typify the communion which the Lord holds with hisredeemed people in his ordinances, the provisions of his house,the feasts they are favoured with. Also the food for theirsouls, which they always find when they hunger after it; and thedelight he takes in their persons and services, as presentedbefore him in Christ. 31-40 The candlestick represents the light of God's word andSpirit, in and through Christ Jesus, afforded in this dark worldto his believing people, to direct their worship and obedience,and to afford them consolations. The church is still dark, asthe tabernacle was, in comparison with what it will be inheaven; but the word of God is a light shining in a dark place,#2Pe 1:19|, and a dark place indeed the world would be withoutit. In ver. #40| is an express caution to Moses. Nothing wasleft to his own fancy, or to that of the workmen, or the people;but the will of God must be observed in every particular.Christ's instruction to his disciples, #Mt 28:20|, is like this,Observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Let usremember that we are the temples of the Holy Ghost, that we havethe law of God in our hearts, that we are to live a life ofcommunion with God, feast on his ordinances, and are the lightof the world, if indeed we are followers of Christ. May the Lordhelp us to try ourselves by this view of religion, and to walkaccording thereto.
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