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Acacia

Day 42 Exodus 36-38

Why was everything made of acacia wood? Well, The Sinai wasn’t known for it’s forests.  But it has acacia trees, a desert tree so a hardwood, and the acacia has thorns.  The tree could also be called a bush or a thorn tree… I kind of get hung up on the thorns… it keeps jumping out at me.. from the thorns that sprung up as a sign of sin’s curse on the earth in Genesis 3:18, to the ram getting its horns caught in a thicket (or could we call it a thorn-bush?)as replacement sacrifice provided by God for Abraham (Gen. 22 13-14), to the burning bush speaking to Moses (likely an acacia), to thewood thrown into the  bitter water of Marah to make it sweet (Exodus 15: 25), and finally the thorns twisted into a crown for the kings of the Jews (Matthew 27:29)… acacia, this is the wood that is used to make the ark, the altar, the tabernacle.  It was used because it was there, but what else was this wood used for? Am I stretching making these connections?

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Horns and Thorns

Day 19 Genesis 20-24

 I like the way King James put Genesis 22:8 “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for a burnt offering” Total Jesus sighting… it’s the salvation story leaking out of Abraham’s heart. I’m doing a Beth Moore Study on the tabernacle so we’re mostly studying in Exodus, but she goes over the story of Abraham and Isaac with some details I wanted share: In verse 13.. where a Ram is caught by the horns in a thicket. Beth directs us to read Luke 1 :68-69.. I went WOW.. but the kicker is the thorns.. a thicket in which the Ram has its horns caught ordinarily has thorns. It’s what we would call a thorn-bush “According to Genesis 3:17-18 thorns were evidence of sin’s curse on the earth”… where do we see thorns in the New Testament? Wrapped around the head of Jesus on the cross. Uh.. More WOW, at least for me.

  Lord I knew Christ’s footsteps were here in the Old Testament, but I didn’t realize how prominently.  I appreciate the opportunity to see you here, as loving as I know you are in my heart.  Help me to navigate these passages, open my eyes so that I can see You.  Help me when I need to wrestle with some details.  Most of all I’ve love coming to you daily… You really are my bread of life.  May I live off of your Word each and every day.