The dominant theme is building a dwelling place, a royal residence, for God. Jesus tells the people to remove the grave clothes from Lazarus.
I am struck by the parable of the broken covenant. The children of Israel continued even after breaking covenant, albeit in different circumstances. Earlier, God allowed them to continue after the golden calf, though it involved 40 years in the wilderness. Jesus gives life to Lazarus even after he succumbs to death.
The sixth and seventh set of eagle’s wings do not represent Israel, but foreign powers over Israel, given in a prophetic parable.
SIXTH STONE OF TESTIMONY
Joshua 24:1-28 Reaffirmation of covenant with God
Place: Shechem (shoulder)
Anointing: Nothing was poured over the stone. Joshua wrote in the book of the law and set up the stone under an oak.
Declaration: Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God.”
MOSES’ SIXTH ASCENT (Ex 24:12-32:14, Dt 9:9) AND DESCENT (Ex 24:12-32:14, Dt 9:9) ON MT SINAI
First 40 days on mount
Moses receives a command to go on the mount to receive the stone tablets. God gives detailed instructions for the building of the tabernacle and observing the Sabbath. The children of Israel build the golden calf. Moses intercedes to stop their destruction.
Exodus 29:42-46 (AMP)
This will be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the doorway of the Tent of Meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. There I will meet with the Israelites, and the Tent of Meeting shall be sanctified by My glory [the Shekinah, God’s dwelling presence]. I will sanctify the Tent of Meeting and the altar [of burnt offering]; also I will sanctify Aaron and his sons to serve as priests to Me. I will dwell among the sons of Israel and be their God. They shall know [from personal experience] and acknowledge that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God.
Exodus 29:43 This Hebrew word [Shekinah] is not found in the Bible, but was used by the rabbis to describe the presence of God. Its basic meaning is “royal residence.” Among other things, the rabbis said that the Shekinah is present where ten people pray together, or where three people are sitting as a court of judges.
From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me.
Jesus raises Lazarus (John 11:1-44)
Theme: I am the resurrection.
In this first portion of the parable of broken covenant, the sin of the royal house of Judah renders it vulnerable to a foreign potentate. Time was when all the nations about were tributaries to Judah and Israel; now God’s chosen people have not only lost their dominion over other nations, but have themselves become a tributary.
Ezekiel 17:3-6 (AMP)
saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “A great eagle (Nebuchadnezzar) with great wings, long pinions and a rich plumage of many colors came to Lebanon (Jerusalem) and took away the top of the cedar (Judah). He broke off the topmost of its young twigs (young King Jehoiachin) and carried it to a land of traders (Babylonia); he set it in a city of merchants (Babylon). He also took some of the seed of the land (Zedekiah, of the royal family) and planted it in fertile soil and a fruitful field; he placed it beside abundant waters and set it like a willow tree. Then it sprouted and grew and became a low, spreading vine whose branches turned [in submission] toward him, but its roots remained under it. So it became a vine and yielded shoots and sent out branches.
Ezekiel 17:5 Nebuchadnezzar appointed Zedekiah to rule in Judah as his vassal king.
1 Chronicles 12:8 (ESV) The mighty men join David
From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains.
May the people of Mississippi pray continually and build a dwelling place for You. Amen.