Shadowland: Redemption: Week 24
Exodus 25: The Ark, the Table, and the Lampstand
We start with the holiest place, where only the high priest may come,
and move to the holy place, where only the holy priesthood may come.
Then we move to the outer courts. For God reaches out to man, while
man's attempts to reach God are doomed.
- 25:2-6 Where did all these expensive things come from? From
Egypt! Exodus 11:2
Later, the amounts collected will be detailed. About 1¼ ton of
pure gold was collected, valued at $50 million today.
There are 15 materials. The dimensions of the ark, table and
tabernacle repeat the ratio 5:3 (e.g. 2½ x 1½ for the ark).
Five is a number used of grace, and 3 is a number used of manifestation.
Each material is a type, in this chapter we will see gold
as divinity and wood as humanity.
- 25:8 "I will dwell among them" - "The Word became flesh and dwelt
among us" John 1:14,
"Destroy this temple, and in 3 days I will raise it up."
- 25:10-11 As Christ was both human and divine, so the ark (and table) were
made of both wood and pure gold. "acacia wood" is translated
"incorruptible" wood (ασηπτων, from which we get "aseptic") in the
Septuagint. The humanity of Christ was perfect, incorruptible
humanity. Touching a leper did not make Him unclean - but made
the leper clean.
- 25:17 "mercy seat" - literally "atonement" or cover. The Hebrew "kopher"
sounds like the English "cover", and with a similar meaning. Noah's
ark was covered with "atonement". The cover was in a 5:3 ratio,
- 25:20 The cherubim guard the way to the tree of life as in
and are angelic witnesses (two in number) of Divine grace,
a spectacle to angels 1 Corinthians 4:9,
that the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to rulers in the
heavenly realms Ephesians 3:10,
something the angels long to look into. 1 Peter 1:12.
- 25:22 As Adam and his descendents brought the blood of lambs to
meet with God between the Cherubim at the entrance to the Garden,
so the High Priest will bring the blood of a lamb to sprinkle
on the mercy seat.
- 25:24 The table is also of acacia and gold.
- 25:25 The rim kept the bread securely on the table, as it must remain
there even while the Israelites were moving. (Later we will see
that there is a cover to keep dust out while traveling - with it's
- 25:29,30 Cups to pour out drink offerings of wine, and the bread of the
Presence to remain at all times before the ark where God dwells among
His people between the cherubim.
- 25:31 "beaten gold" - the lampstand was not cast, but painstakingly
hammered into its shape blow by blow. It speaks of the Holy Spirit
which will be given by Christ.
It can be removed.