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Hidden Beauty


Hidden Beauty--Poster & Quote by Crystal A Murray--All Rights Reserved

Hidden Beauty–Poster & Quote by Crystal A Murray–All Rights Reserved

I enjoy going on cave tours, and one of the most beautiful ones I have toured was called “Caverns of Sonora” in Sonora, Texas. The image above was just one of those happy accidents as it was one of the few that came out nice from my point and shoot camera. As I looked at it, I thought about how long it had stayed in the dark before men discovered it and added light. The beauty was the same, but only God was able to see it. And then I thought of the Scripture about God looking on our hearts and wondered how much undiscovered beauty there might be in people.

In today’s reading from Exodus 25:17 through Exodus 25:40 (the end of the chapter), we see the instructions for three pieces of furniture for the yet-to-be-constructed tabernacle. There are details about size and dimension, materials, and usage for the Ark of the Covenant, Table of Shewbread, and Golden Menorah. The beauty being built into each of these items is exquisite, but most of the time, only those who can go to the holy parts of the tabernacle will be able to see them. That means, the beauty is hidden from all but the priests and God.

There are many theories and articles about the meanings of the tabernacle furnishings, but I’ll tell you just a little about my thoughts on the three mentioned today. The ark, being the dwelling place of The Most High, would represent the human heart. It is the place where God’s testimony (the Torah/Law) will be stored along with a pot of manna (to represent trust in God’s provision), and Aaron’s rod that budded (to represent God’s power and authority.) We know it is good to hide the law of God in our hearts, and isn’t that where we also find faith and where we tap into power? The encouragement to “give it your whole heart” shows just how much is rooted there.

The table has bread which feeds God’s priests, but I believe it is also a reminder that we are not to live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God. I believe it also represents the Bread of Life which is Yahshua our Messiah.

The Menorah, which is another of those words that includes the Hebrew OR for light, will bring light into the holy place. Again, Yahshua is The Light, and in the menorah, oil (which often represents the Holy Spirit) is used to give life to the light. 

Like I said, there is so much more that can be found in these furnishings, including the fact that the Mercy Seat sits above the Ark of the Covenant because God’s mercy sits above His law. We are able to see these things now because He has made us a Kingdom of priests and a royal priesthood, and we are able to come boldly before the seat of mercy because God tore the veil that once separated us from it. I could go on, but I’ll let you read it for yourself and search to find your own beauty in these things and in God’s Holy Word.

P.S. I have put this image and quote on a few items in my Zazzle store. I’d like to post a few more one day soon. If you are interested in seeing the different colors and styles, just click http://www.zazzle.com/crystalwriter/gifts?cg=196922414116128920 to visit. Thanks.

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