“Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning…”
~ Exodus 30:7 (NKJV)
Under the Old Covenant, the Lord anticipated the sweet incense of the morning offering and worship of His people. He desired them to come before Him early and often. And their worship every morning was a blessing to Him. God anticipates your morning incense as well. He looks forward to each new day with His beloved people. May you not disappoint. Every morning with the rise of the sun, may the Lord find the sweet incense of your worship, prayers and praise. May we, like Aaron, come early and often before the Lord.
“And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.”
~Exodus 29:2 (NKJV)
The ancient priesthood of Israel was designed by God to typify the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the more precious symbols of this gracious work is the holy garments of Aaron and the priests. They were to wear special clothing as priests and ministers in God’s house.. This Christ does for the faithful. He gives us His righteousness as our clothes. Jesus removes the rags of sin and despair and lovingly places on His beloved robes of righteousness (Is. 61:10). If you belong to Him, He has bestowed upon you a garment for glory and for beauty. Praise Him today!
Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering.
~ Exodus 25:2 (NKJV)
The Christian religion has always been a matter of the heart. Form and fashion means very little to the Lord if the follower of God does not approach Him “with his heart”. Yes, we are commanded to bring our offerings. Certainly we should seek diligently to worship and serve the Lord. But even higher and greater than these lofty tasks is the willingness of the child of God to perform them from a love for the Lord with his whole heart.
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm… ~ Exodus 6:6
Note: Even though the Bible teaches God is Spirit, the Lord is sometimes described in Scripture using human features. He is said to have human characteristics. I think the best way to interpret the passages that speak of God in this manner is not literally, but figuratively. And the Lord uses this human (anthropomorphic) language to describe certain attributes, not so we know what He looks like, but so we can better relate to Him and understand more fully who He is in our relationship to Him.
While the metaphor of God’s arm is used in various ways in Scripture, predominately we find it’s use in relation to the salvation, deliverance, or redemption of His people. It is God’s holy arm that has gained them victory! Just as with ancient Israel, when they were redeemed from Egypt with an outstretched arm, so it is the Lord still reaches out His arm to us for our salvation. Yet, now, He does so much more clearly through the outstretched arms of Jesus Christ. It was by the outstretched arms of Jesus on the Cross and through His sacrificial death, the Lord’s “arms” graciously brought our redemption. The promise still stands today, if you will but place your faith in Him, and believe in His Word, Christ will also redeem you with His outstretched arm.