The Treasure Chest
They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Its length shall be two and a half cubits, its width a cubit and a half, and a cubit and a half its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold. You shall overlay it inside and outside, and you shall make a gold molding around it. Exodus 25:10 WEB
The ark of the covenant was about the size of a small seaman's chest, built from acacia wood, and covered in pure gold. A cubit is 18 inches, so the ark would have measured around 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches tall.
Inside of the ark was the ten commandments, which were written on tablets of stone, and a few other priceless treasures, like Arron's staff that had budded almond blossoms, and a golden pot of the manna that they ate in the wilderness (Hebrews 9:4). The ark was a sacred treasure chest.
The ark was made from natural wood that was cut from trees which grew out of the earth. Men are often compared to trees in scripture (Psalms 1:3, 37:35, 92:12, Song 7:7, Jeremiah 17:8, Mark 8:4 ). It was then overlaid in pure gold, which in scripture typifies God's divine nature. Gold is an element and unlike other precious stones, it did not derive from anything else. Unlike diamonds which are created from other materials under immense pressure and temperature over time, gold in its pure form existed from the beginning, and there will be streets of pure gold in heaven (Revelation 21:21).
So when examining the ark, we find something made of common materials, overlaid with something extremely rare, something eternal. The common, overlaid with the divine, then filled with precious treasure. Paul wrote that 'we have this treasure in earthen vessels' (2 Corinthians 4:7) meaning the treasure is inside of us.
We used to sing a song in church that was: 'More of Jesus, Less of Me.' While this is a great religious saying, and I even like the song, that is not what God actually wants. It would be better sung as: 'More like Jesus.' God already had the world without you in it, and then He added you to it in order to make it a better place.
You were no accident, and neither was I. We are here because God chose us to be for such a time as this. If the Lord wanted less of you, He is quite capable of making that happen. Every breath that you take is an assurance that you are still supposed be here.
What we need is all of us, covered by all of Him, and filled with His Holy Spirit, just as the ark of the covenant was made of wood, and then covered in pure gold. The natural covered by the divine, and filled with His presence, filled with His word. The best people that I know are people who were just themselves, while walking with Jesus. They never became 'religious' but just loved God.
Today, you are God's treasure chest. God wants to cover you with His likeness, put His word inside of you, and fill you with His Holy Spirit. They say that some people bring out the best in you. Jesus will bring out the best in all of us.Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for making a place for me. Mold me into who that I should be, and help me fulfill my purpose here. Please fill me with Your word and Your Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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