Yesterday a friend came by – she is the girl that goes to the pentecostal hispanic church in Orange County – Obra de Orange (you can watch videos on line of them – they broadcast!) Anyhow she tried to invite me yesterday to go to church with her…but honestly I never want to go on a 4 hour freeway trip to listen to people scream in a language I don’t understand very well..and ya know other reasons.
I asked her today about the message she heard – she told me it was about the daily bread we request when praying the Lord’s Prayer. What is the true bread from heaven? They discussed how there were three types of bread from heaven – the manna that was only good for 24 hours – the manna that was good for 48 hours and the manna that is good forever in the jar and put in the ark of the covenant. Ok, so far so good.
And then she was talking about the table of showbread …and we got on a little rabbit trail. Because the table of show bread is in the Holy Place – right? Twelve loaves sitting on a table next to the north wall. Across from the Seven branched lampstand on the South wall. And the alter of incense which is the prayers going up. But eventually we got to talking about the idea that since we currently have NO tabernacle the people ARE the tabernacle. And how originally only the Aaronic priests were allowed to touch this stuff.
I have been thinking about the theory that the ark of the covenant is symbolic of the heart of believers – so you have the eternal bread of heaven that never spoils and the Torah on your heart and then there is the rod of Aaron and we were wondering a bit about that – why Aaron? I know it says Moses and Aaron were brothers – but I was thinking today – maybe Aaron was just a guy from the same tribe and family is considered brothers even if you don’t have the same parents.
And after Aaron we have I Peter 2:9 telling us : you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession. Of course we know there is only one priesthood which can also be Royal the order of Melchizedek – we have Melech – which is the KING and Tzadik which is One who is Righteous. And of course that predates anything the Levites had going on.
Since the Levites were blessed by Melchizedek while Levi was yet in the loins of Abraham..
I wonder how that holds with the rod of Aaron being part of the three items in the Ark…
Does it represent the priesthood on earth until the time of Messiah?
I know this is a bit rambly but I wanted to get it out there so I had some feedback to consider – if I sound like an idiot, blame it on the heatstroke (96° at 7 am today – gotta get out to milk pronto…)