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Exodus the Number 40, Jewels and Scars

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Number 40 in the book of Exodus

Friends, Number 40 is not a magic number nor a good luck number. But it is interesting to note this number when we explore the book of Exodus and other books pertaining to the events recorded in Exodus:

1) When Moses was 40 years old, he went out to see his fellow brethrens ( Ex 2:11 = Acts 7:23)
2) At 40 years, Moses fled from Pharaoh and went down to Midian ( Ex 2:15 = Acts 7:29)
3) At 40, Moses encountered the Lord at the burning bush ( Ex 3:2-6 = Acts 7:30)
4) Israelites ate Manna for 40 years ( Ex 16:35 = Jos 5:12)
5) Moses was with the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights on Mount Sinai to receive the first two stone tablets ( Ex 24:18 = Deut 9:11)
6) For 40 days and 40 nights without food and water, Moses was praying for the sins of the people @ golden calf episode (Ex 32:7-14 = Deut 9:18,25-29)
7) Again Moses was with the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights, and received the second stone tablets ( Ex 34:28 = Deut 10:10)
8) God led the Israelites out of Egypt, at Red Sea and in the desert for 40 years (Ex 16:35 = Acts 7:36)
9) After 40 years the Israelites reached Canaan (Ex 16:35)
10) For 40 years of wandering in the desert, their clothes were not torn out nor their feet swollen nor the sandal they wore (Ex 16:35 = Deut 8:4; 29:5)
11) Israelites celebrated their first Passover at Canaan after 40 years (Ex 16:35 = Jos 5:10)
12) Supply of Manna stopped after 40 years of Israel's wandering (Ex 16:35 = Jos 5:12)

The book of Exodus has 40 Chapters ☺

In all these years ( 40) of wandering the Lord was faithful. He went before them by day in a pillar of cloud ☁ to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light; provide them manna and fresh water to drink
The Lord is:
The Good Shepherd
》 The Living Bread
》 The Living Water
Yes, He is still the same yesterday, today and forever..

Glory to God
 Mark Boje, ArP

Of Jewels and Scars...

So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place, as a memorial before the Lord continually. 
Exodus 28:29

Interesting to read in Exodus 28 about the names of the 12 tribes of Israel being inscribed on stones. Not just any old stones either but precious stones...jewels of great price...2 stones with 6 names each, placed on the shoulders of the High Priest and then as in the verses below twelve precious stones each inscribed with the names of each of the 12 tribes of Israel, worn on the breastplate of judgement over Aaron's heart so that they were a memorial before the Lord continually.

And you shall put settings of stones in it, four rows of stones: 
The first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald; this shall be the first row ;  
the second row shall be a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond; the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold settings. 21 And the stones shall have the names of the sons of Israel, twelve according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, each one with its own name; they shall be according to the twelve tribes. Exodus 28: 17-21

Every time the High Priest stood in the Presence of God these stones were supposed to be a reminder to God of the 12 tribes of Israel. Doesn't that sound wonderful? The names of the stones itself evoke images of dazzling splendour! ( I haven't even seen many of these precious stones myself!)

Yet dear one, there is something infinitely more wonderful available to us. Jesus Christ Himself is our High Priest. (See Hebrews 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-5:10; 6:20; 7:11-8:2; 10:12.) Jesus mediates for us. Yes, He stands before the Father on behalf of you and me, constantly interceding for us.He is the perfect High Priest.

And as the High Priest in the OT wore the precious stones- sardis, amethyst, emerald, sapphire and so on ....what does our High Priest Jesus wear? More precious than the purest and most beautiful of diamonds or anything else for that matter, I believe are the scars He wears...the nail pierced hands, the wound in His side...those precious eternal wounds are a constant memorial before God of the perfect sacrifice that was made for the forgiveness of your sins and mine! What can be more beautiful?

As a godly man I listened to once said, in heaven there is nothing imperfect, nothing marred, everything is beautiful and perfect and whole....all except Jesus Himself, forever scarred by the wounds borne for you and for me. And I believe that in God's sight those scars are a beautiful reminder of Jesus's love and obedience- so that you and I can be perfected in Christ and enter into the presence of the Father!

Binu Jacob

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