The other day my daily reading brought me to the “ho-hum” part of Exodus. At least, that’s what I feared it would be—instructions about the construction of the Tabernacle and its furniture, details of the priests’ wardrobe and that sort of thing. So I asked God to give me new perspective on it. Here’s what He showed me:
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh—we all know where these fit in the Bible, right? Gifts brought to baby Jesus, acknowledging His Highness.
What I didn’t realize before was that these three precious items also appear prominently in the Tabernacle that God instructed Moses to build.
Gold—The cover of the Ark of the Covenant, where God would meet man, was made of solid gold. In Jesus, God has come to mankind to be with us. (Exodus 25:17-22)
Frankincense—This was a major ingredient of the special incense that was to be specially concocted and placed in front of the Ark of the Covenant. (Exodus 30:37)
Myrrh—The major ingredient of the holy anointing oil applied to the Ark of the Covenant and other parts of the Tabernacle as well as the priests themselves. (Exodus 30:23-33)
So what do you think? Is it mere coincidence? If not, what does this say about the meaning of the Tabernacle? What does it say about Jesus as He came to earth?