Acacia Wood and Pure Gold

The Holy Spirit dwells in us as we are His temple (1 Cor 3:16)
What kind of temple does He desire?
Perhaps it is helpful to look at the model of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament.

Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits was its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height. He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold all around it.
Exodus 37:1-2

Let’s look at part of the Tabernacle, which is the Ark of the Covenant.
It was made of acacia wood overlaid with pure gold.
Similar design was used for Table of Showbread and Altar of Incense,

What makes these two materials special?

Acacia wood is known for its resistance toward decay.
The wood contains much natural preservative which prevents insects from eating it.
The wood is also dense which makes water hard to penetrate it.

On the other hand, pure gold is a gold refined in fire.
The impure gold is first melted. All the impurities will float and will be removed.
That’s how pure gold is obtained.

What lessons can we learn from these two materials?

Just like acacia wood, we too must resist spiritual decay.
Daily we face temptation and we must choose whether we obey or disobey God.
How do we prevent spiritual decay coming from disobedience?
By hiding His word in our heart, that we may not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11)
In other words, we stand upon His word.

Just like impure gold, God may see certain impurities in our lives, perhaps certain secret sin.
He may allow us to experience suffering that all the secret sin will resurface which He will then filter out.
In the midst of suffering, we need to persevere and be willing to let go of that secret sin.
And at the end of suffering, we will become like pure gold before Him.

Just like acacia wood, how have we kept His word in our heart?
Just like pure gold, how have we persevered in the midst of suffering?


Posted June 13, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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