(Exo 25:1-7) And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering [Heb: present]: of every man that giveth it willingly [i.e., lovingly] with his heart ye shall take my offering [Heb: present]. And this is the offering [Heb: present] which ye shall take of them; gold [the symbol of God], and silver, and brass, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood [the symbol of man], Oil for the light [of the candlestick], spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.
1. (1 John 4:7-21) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation [Gk: atonement] for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
2. (Gal 5:22,23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance [Gk: self-control]: against such there is no law.
3. Commentary: if the fruit of the Spirit is love, with eight following characteristics of love, then the Spirit is also love “after his kind.”
(Exo 25:8,9) And let them make me a sanctuary [Heb: a consecrated thing or place, espec. a palace: holy place]; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle [Heb: a residence (includ. a shepherd's hut, the lair of animals, fig. the grave], and the pattern of all the instruments [Heb: something prepared] [you are an instrument of God being prepared by God] thereof, even so shall ye make it.
1. (Eph 6:15) And [having] your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
THRONE OF GOD PICTORIALLY ILLUSTRATES
THE FATHER (invisible), GOD THE SON (the ark), GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT (the mercy
seat), AND GOD THE MAN (the staves)
(Exo 25:10-12) And they shall make an ark [Heb: chest, coffin] of shittim wood [the natural wood of sin only grows while it is attached to this world]: two cubits and a half [5 feet] shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half [3 feet] the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half [3 feet] the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it [symbolically covered within and without with the atoning blood of Jesus Christ], and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side [Heb: a rib (as curved), lit. (of the body)] of it, and two rings in the other side [Heb: a rib (as curved), lit. (of the body)] of it.
(Exo 25:13-16) And thou shalt make staves [Heb: separation] [symbolic of the Nazirites = Heb: separate] of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides [ribs] of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony [the two tables of stone, the Law] which I shall give thee.
MERCY SEAT (THE LOVE SEAT)
(Exo 25:17-22) And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold [pure love] two cubits and a half [5 feet] shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half [3 feet] the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubims [angels are the arm of the LORD] of gold [love], of beaten work shalt thou make them [“beaten out of one piece made he them” Exo 37:7], in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be [“even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims” Exo 37:9]. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony [of the two tables (tablets) of stone originally engraved with the ten commandments by the finger of God] that I shall give thee [the latter phrase is an entire repeat of v.16]. And there I will meet with thee [“the invisible God” Col 1:15], and I will commune [connotating a much deeper more personal experience than “communicate”] with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims [of love] which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment [why in commandment?] unto the children of Israel.
1. mercy seat = Heb: kapporeth; a lid (used only of the cover of the sacred Ark) /// kaphar; to cover (spec. with bitumen); fig. to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel:--appease, make (an) atonement, cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, to pitch [as in Noah’s ark in the OT, and Capernaum in the NT], purge (away), put off, (make) reconcile (-liation).
2. (Jer 31:31-34) Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant [the ten commandments written on stone – outside the people] that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
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