Ezekiel is a book of figures or pictures that portrays spiritual things. For example in the beginning of the book, in the first 4 verses it says, “The word of Jehovah came expressly to Ezekiel the priest…And I looked, and there came a storm wind from the north, a great cloud and a fire flashing incessantly; and there was a brightness around it, and from the midst of it, there was something like the sight of electrum, from the midst of the fire.” These four items, the wind, the cloud, the fire and the electrum actually depict various aspects of how we experience God. God is like a wind to us, He overshadows and broods over us like a cloud; At times He’s a burning refining fire to purify us; and He’s also like a shining glowing electrum of gold and silver depicting His divine nature and Christ’s redemption. But if we genuinely experience God in these aspects, it will also produce something which we also come to today in verse 5, “And from the midst of it there came a likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: They had the likeness of a man.”
Exodus (Program #109) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (6)
On one end of the tabernacle was the Holy of Holies with the Ark of the Testimony. This piece of furniture was the very spot where God dwelt with man and where He could meet with man and speak to man. At the opposite end in the Outer Court of the tabernacle was the altar of burnt offering. This spot represents the very redeeming Christ who died for us and became the ultimate offering to God for man’s sin. These two items in the tabernacle represent the two most powerful aspects of the Christian experience; Christ’s redemption and God’s presence.
The message we are talking about is going to bring us into an appreciation of the altar and its relationship to the Ark of Testimony that we covered a few weeks ago…
Exodus (Program #71) – The Implications, Indications and Significances of the Ordinances of the Law (2)
After the giving of the Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20, the Lord continued for 3 more chapters to give item after item of regulations regarding man’s relationships. These added items are called “ordinances”, many if not most, seem to us to have nothing whatsoever to do with us as New Testament believers. They deal with such things as treatment of slaves and the ancient feasts and rituals of Jewish religion; and, even such things as “not boiling the kid in its mother’s milk”. So how do we as Christians regard these Old Testament details? Do we just skip over and dismiss them? Or, in the light of God’s New Testament ministry, is there a real and meaningful application of these items for us? We return once again today to the book of Exodus and the remarkable journey of God’s people out of their bondage of worldly captivity and through the wilderness.
We’re continuing today to look at Exodus chapter 22 and 23, chapters that as we said offer many items all contain in these ordinances that were supplements or additions to the basic ten Commandments that we’re all quite familiar with. In an earlier message, we heard that though we cannot directly see Christ in the ten original commandments, these supplemental ordinances contain all of the rich details of Christ – what do we mean by this kind of speaking? more…
The redemption of Christ is mysterious and well beyond our natural understanding in all its rich significance. Without the Old Testament picture of the Passover we have no way of seeing all the wonderful and mysterious details and aspects of Christ eternal redemption. How we thank the Lord for this portrait of redemption from the book of Exodus.
We are being treated to some tremendous insights and deeper appreciation of our redemption in Christ. As we are seeing it through this picture of the Old Testament Passover. What strikes me is that it’s the details of the Passover, properly interpreted that really hold the key to our understanding.
The record of the Passover given in Exodus is very detailed. No where else in Scriptures do we find such a detailed account of Christ’s redemption. For His redemption is the clear message of the Passover. The reason for all the detail is that God wants us to know the redemption of Christ in a thorough way. It’s God intention is that we neither neglect or forget this redemption, but that we remember and appreciate it at all time, even in its marvelous details.
Our message today continues the one we had yesterday, dealing with the institution of the Passover feast for the children of Israel. When we read these verses in Exodus 12 and 13, we can’t help but be impressed by all the detail. Why is there such detail given in the Scriptures to this Old Testament matter of the Passover?