FROM DELIVERANCE TO GLORY
They Shall Make An Ark – Exodus 25:10-22
Moses is in the presence of Holy God receiving instructions concerning the wilderness Tabernacle. It is indeed designed in heaven by the greatest architectual mind ever known. That is, God Himself.
There are seven pieces of furniture for the Tabernacle – we look in this lesson at ther first. It is a beautiful picture, type, shadow of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is to be made of wood and gold with the wood being overlaid with the gold.
The ark can be seen as a single piece separate from the mercy seat. They are also seen as one. Christ Jesus kept the law, obeyed the law to the honor and glory of His Father.
One reason that God began with the ark was that He must be worshipped, revered, and yet unapproachable due to mankind’s sin. Yet there is a way, and it must be God’s way; not religion, man’s knowledge, or unbelief.
I. THE ARK MADE OF WOOD; OVERLAID WITH GOLD (vv. 10-11).
II. FOUR RINGS OF GOLD [ATTACHED], AND TWO POLES (vv. 12-16).
III. THE MERCY SEAT MADE OF PURE GOLD (vv. 17-22).
Study Questions –
1. The ___________ design is given to Moses by God while Moses is in His _________________.
2. “The ark was made of “shittim wood,” a species of the acacia, which is said by many to be imperishable. It is a tree which is found in the arid desert. The “shittim wood,” grown here on earth, typified the humanity of our Savior. Isaiah 53:2 speaks in the language of this type: “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground.” “There are three things about this shittim-tree which makes it a peculiarly fitting as a type of this. It is the tree now called the acacia seyal—the only tree that grows to any size in the deserts through which Israel passed. First it is a tree that can thrive in a very dry soil. Second, it has very long, sharp thorns Third, it is the tree from which is obtained the gum arabic so largely used in medicinal preparations, which is procured simply by piercing the tree at nightfall, and that which oozes out is, without any preparation, the gum-arabic of commerce. To the spiritual mind these facts are sweetly suggestive of Him who, in a dry and thirsty land, where surely there was naught to sustain His spirit, was in the constant freshness of communion with God, for other than an earthly stream sustained Him. Though indeed crowned now with glory, a crown of thorns was all this world had for Him. And we remember too that it was He who was pierced for us in that blackest night of guilt, when the blood flowed forth from His side, to be the only balm for the troubled soul and sin-burdened conscience” (Mr. C. H. Bright).” From A.W. Pink’s GLEANINGS IN EXODUS.
3. The ____________ ___________ and the ark are separate, yet one and the former pointing to the __________ of Christ. (Romans 3:25)
-Tim A. Blankenship
1. heavenly, Presence; 3. mercy seat, work.l