The Carpenter and the Cradle: an Introduction

The Bible is a story that unfolds in bits and pieces over the thousands of years of its writing by its many human authors. They all wrote their own small “chapter” (—we call these “chapters” “books,” though given the holistic nature of the Bible, they're really more like chapters—) but none of these writers could have foreseen the bigger plot line weaving its way through each individual chapter. It's that unified story almost more than any other single thing that convinces me that the Bible is really One Book, written by One (non-human) Author. It smells of the supernatural. It's one reason I hold the belief that the Bible is what it claims to be—a Book written by God...

The Lampstand: Shining

I'll admit it. I'm a TV talent show junkie (or I would be if I owned a TV. As it is, I'll spend hours watching snatches of these contests on the Internet. I know if I had the opportunity, I'd be glued to these weekly dramas.). But I'm not the only one. From the popularity of these shows, it's a form of entertainment that few can resist. Their almost-universal popularity makes me realize that they've tapped into something fundamental in human nature...

The Walls: Separation

I have to confess that my eyes glazed over as I read Exodus 26 today in preparation for writing about it. I'm sure the measurements and number of loops for the walls of God's tent all had their reasons. But seeing I don't know them, we won't be discussing them today. It's the principles of the tent walls, not their proportions, that will claim our attention today...

The Altar: Sacrifice

We don't see it directly from Exodus 27, but the rest of the laws of sacrifice from the books of the Law tell us: The altar was used for burnt offerings. Their burning makes one point abundantly clear: The offerings on the altar were dead. Burning, in the Bible, is the destiny of the dead...

The Incense: Seeking

What can be done about what's wrong with the world has been done! I'll skip ahead in the story (it may be no surprise to you, anyway) and say that the first altar shows us this: The substitute sacrifice has been offered. But there is still a part I play in the question, “What can be done about what's wrong with me?" There's still the question, “What can I do?”...