Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. Exodus 37:1-2
When people get a chance to meet someone of extreme high importance, most will want to be in their best outfit for the occasion. They want to put on a good appearance before the person they are meeting. Doing this shows honor and respect to the one they are meeting.
Some of the high dignitaries will not even meet with a person who is not dressed a certain way. They do not want to be disrespected in any way. There is an expectation in the meeting.
Moses was having Bezalel and others build the tabernacle and the articles to be used in the tabernacle. One of the major articles was the ark. This was the actual place that Moses and future priests would directly meet with God. As this was built, it was covered on the inside and outside with pure gold.
During the time of Moses, pure gold was the most precious stone available. It showed high honor, authority, wealth, position and more. The entire ark, both inside and out had a layer of gold upon it. This showed the value and position of meeting God–it was of the most importance and value of anything.
Since that time, that ark has been removed, however, Jesus set up a new temple and ark where a person can meet God. It is in the believer. Each and every believer and follower of Jesus can meet directly with God right where he is at.
The believer is to be covered inside and out with gold, the best that there is when he is meeting with God. This covering of gold is the blood of Jesus and His righteousness. When God sees the believer, He will see Jesus and allow Him in to meet together.
As a believer, you also carry the ark in you. You have direct access to meet with God, any time and every time you want. However, in order to meet with God, you must be made pure inside and out. You must be covered with Jesus–the gold of holiness and righteousness. This is the best and highest honor you can give God.
Have you allowed yourself to be covered with Jesus, in order to be ready to meet God with honor and respect? God is waiting to meet with you.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will be covered with the righteousness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy for God; and that you will take time to meet with God daily.
“If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.” Philemon 1:18
Onesimus was a slave of Philemon that had somehow came to Paul. He had worked with Paul for some time and became a great value to him. At some point Paul found out that Onesimus was a slave of Philemon who had run away. Paul was willing to return Onesimus to Philemon.
In the returning, Paul was willing to cover any expenses or wrongs that Onesimus had done. Paul saw a changed person in Onesimus. Evidently Onesimus was now serving God with his life.
Paul could have kept quiet about having Onesimus and never returned him, yet he did. He knew that he did not have the right to keep him. Yet, Paul was willing to return him and make repairs for any damages done.
Often people will get something that is not rightfully theirs. The old saying is “finders–keepers, losers–weepers” is what is said. The world is willing to accept this belief, as long as it does not hurt them and is in their benefit.
As a believer, however, your view should be you keep what is yours, and give back what is not yours. Along with giving back, all repairs that can be done should be done. This is going above and beyond just handing something back.
Believers can help people out who have made wrong choices in their past. When a person has made a choice to serve God, believers should stand with him and help him make things right again with those he has done wrong to.
Jesus had stood before the Father and paid for all the sins you have done and will do, before you even asked for help. God charged Jesus with your expense. He took care of all of your expense.
Are you willing to step up and help a new believer out? Work with them to fix their past. Work with them to restore any wrongs done. This is covering others with God’s love, compassion and care.
I pray today that God will reveal ways to help restore others; that God will provide ways to fix past wrongs done; that God will build others up through you; and that you will be filled with God’s love and compassion for others.