Read Exodus 29
In today’s reading:
Instructions for priests and sacrifices; the continual burnt offering; the altar of incense; the rescued souls; the oil of the holy anointing; regulations for the Sabbath; Moses receives the two stone tablets of testimony
The priests, who ministered in the tabernacle, had to be clean before entering. «The Lord spoke more to Moses, saying: You shall also make a bronze basin, with its bronze base, for washing; and you shall place it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. And Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet from her “ (Exodus 30: 17-19). After the priest washed his hands and feet in the fountain, which provided cleansing from the activities of daily life, then he was able to enter the tabernacle and through the twisted linen veil, which was the only entrance to the holy of holies.
Outside the holy of holies, on the right side was the table of the Presence with its 12 unleavened loaves (cakes) sprinkled with incense. The name “Bread of the Presence” suggests more than something nourishing for the body. This implies that there was a spiritual discernment there, which could not be obtained anywhere else. The bread was symbolic of Christ, who said: “I am the Bread of life. . . . I am the living Bread that came down from heaven; If anyone eats this Bread, he will live forever ” (making it an indispensable part of his life) (John 6: 48,51; 6: 29-38; 12:24). Just as daily food is assimilated to maintain our bodies, in the same way, when we continue to read the Word of God, which is the bread of life, the Holy Spirit illuminates and then transforms our lives.“Putting away, then, all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all detractions, desire, like newborn babies, the unadulterated spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation” (I Peter 2: 1-2 ).
On the left side, in front of the table of the Presence, was the candlestick with seven lamps made of a hammered piece of pure gold. The lampstand provided the only source for lighting the holy place (Leviticus 24: 2-4).
God has provided only one book – the Holy Bible – as the source of light for understanding His will in our lives (Psalm 119: 105,130; Proverbs 6:23).
Jesus Christ tells us: «. . . I am the light of the world; Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life ” (John 8:12).
Thought for Today: Ignoring God’s Word always leads to deception.
Optional reading: Matthew 27
Memory Verse of the Week: Psalms 100: 5