“And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day. There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt” (2 Chronicles 5:9-10).
Today’s Morsel: One of the things that we learn in our study of the word of God is that many of the things which were recorded are types and shadows of things which were to come. For example, in writing to the church at Colossi, Paul states, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17). They are shadows of things to come. If we do not understand this, we can become discouraged and lead away with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning craftiness and slate of man. When King Solomon dedicated the Temple of God, they brought in the Ark of the Covenant, but two of the things that Moses was commanded by God to place inside the Ark were now missing? So what happened to them? Who stole or took them out? No one. They became one. The manna represented the bread of life, which Jesus said that He was (John 6:35). And Aaron’s rod that budded represented Jesus as the rod of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1). And the Table of Stones represents Jesus as the word of God (John 1:14). Therefore, all that is needed in the Temple is the word. If the word is present, all will be just fine. When you know Jesus, you can understand how three can become one.
Sing: It is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know. Fills my every longing, He keeps me singing as I go.
Thought For Today: I and my father are one (John 10:30).