February 17, 2010

Messiah in Acacia Wood

This week’s Torah portion begins to go through Yahweh’s instructions for the building of the tabernacle. The other day, one of my little brothers asked why they were to use shittim (or acacia) wood. A friend answered by saying that Acacia wood is so hard that no bug can eat through it- the wood is incorruptible. Yesterday, I was reading through Exodus 25 with this thought in my head. Guess what I found?

Acacia is a very hard wood. It cannot be eaten through. It is incorruptible. This was the inner material used to build the tabernacle articles.

The Acacia wood is overlaid with gold, which is a natural precious metal/mineral. It is also not corruptible- not easily anyway. Gold cannot be easily reproduced my man (if at all). The value of any money currency is weighed against this metal- the gold itself never loses value.

Gold never loses its properties. It may have impurities mixed in with it, but it never changes on the molecular level. Gold will not become an alloy.

Together or apart, these two main components of Yahweh’s tabernacle present an interesting example of Yahweh’s nature. Yahweh and His covenant are incorruptible. Yahweh is all-knowing and perfect- there is no evil in Him. He will never change, and never has changed, in character or in being.

I also noted, just now, that Acacia, while hard, is covered in thorns. But that gold is a relatively soft metal. Yeshua embodies both justice and mercy. True justice is hard and never relenting; its standards are never changed, and deserved punishment is dealt equally to all. But mercy, on the other hand, seeks to forgive all debts and cover all offenses.

Yahweh has but one standard- Torah. He judges all men equally on that scale. However He sent Yeshua to give us mercy, in covering our transgressions with His blood. Mercy brings restoration, even while the justice is carried out.

So in the Ark of the Covenant, mercy (gold) covers justice (acacia). They co-exist and work together to form a marvelous masterpiece, an awesome picture of our Elohim!

2 comments:

  1. I also noted, just now, that Acacia, while hard, is covered in thorns. But that gold is a relatively soft metal. Yeshua embodies both justice and mercy. True justice is hard and never relenting; its standards are never changed, and deserved punishment is dealt equally to all. But mercy, on the other hand, seeks to forgive all debts and cover all offenses.

    Mercy, this made me speechless.

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  2. When our family lived in California, we had two acacia trees in our yard. They ARE incorruptible, we tried to kill the one in the front yard because the pollen balls make a big mess. My Dad drilled a hole in the stump and filled it with salt and drenched it in gasoline, and a few weeks later it grew back! We finally had to dig it out.

    -Miss Jackson

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