Highlights In Today's Reading:
Freewill offerings for the Tabernacle; construction of the Tabernacle; the Ark; Mercy Seat; Table of Shewbread; Candlestick (Lampstand); Altar of Incense.
Verses for Today:
Every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the Lord hath commanded; The Tabernacle, His tent, and His covering . . . The Table . . . vessels, and the Shewbread (Ex. 35:10-13).After the priest had washed his hands and feet at the Laver, he entered the only entance to the Holy Place. On the left side, there was a seven-branched golden Candlestick (Lampstand): His branch . . . And six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the Candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the Candlestick out of the other side thereof (37:17-18).
The Lampstand contained oil, which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. The Lampstand itself represents Christ as The Light of the world (John 8:12). It shed light on the Shewbread, which portrays Christ as the Bread of Life (6:48). Without this light from the golden lampstand, the room would have been in total darkness, for outside light was shut out of the Tabernacle.
The word Shewbread has a two-fold meaning: it was used for food for those who were priests and their families. But the word also implies gaining spiritual insight that was not attainable any other way.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin (I John 1:6-7).
Shewbread is symbolic of the priceless, incomparable value of our Bible as spiritual food. Christ enlightens, empowers, and transforms the lives of those who prayerfully meditate upon His Word.
Jesus said: I am The Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have The Light of life (John 8:12). In Him was Life; and The Life was The Light of men (1:4). Christ, the Giver of Life, is also The Life; and as we live in fellowship with Him, our lives will continue to become more and more an expression of His life.
Thought for Today:
When we have a desire to do the will of God, the Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding as we read the Word of God and He enables us to live according to His Word.
Through the Candlestick (Ex. 35:14). Christ is The Light of the world (John 1:6-9; 8:12; 9:5; compare Luke 1:78-79).
35:10 wise hearted =craftsman with a heart for the Lord; 35:32 curious =skillful.
Pray for International Broadcasts in honor of Bonnie Wilhite • Assistant to Executive Director of the IBRA in our Washington DC Branch: Terry Hall • Government Officials: Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and Rep. Lee Terry (NE) • Country: Tonga (109,000) in the southwestern Pacific • Major languages: Tongan and English • Religious freedom • 55% Protestant; 22% Mormon; 14% Roman Catholic • Prayer Suggestion: Pray for those who have hurt you (Matt. 5:44).
Optional Reading: Mark 1
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 23:6