Twelve times table ?

21 02 2011
DAY FIFTY-ONE : Exodus 27 v. 1 – 28 v. 43; Mark 5 v. 21 – 6 v. 6a; Psalm 24 v. 1 – 10;


he Altar for burnt offerings : squared acacia wood, with a horn at each corner; bronze plated; all the utensils made of bronze; poles to make it transportable;
The Courtyard : a rectangle area (100 cubits x 50 cubits) screened off with curtains and posts; an elaborate entrance with blue, purple and scarlet yarns finely twisted;
Oil for the Lampstand : clear olive oil to be used for the lamps; keep the lamps burning outside the Holy of Holies, the lamps are to remain lit from evening to morning;

The Priestly Garments :
Aaron and sons to be set apart as priests and to wear sacred garments; using gold, blue, purple and scarlet yarn;
The Ephod :
this is a multicoloured apron-like garment to cover the lower part of the body; two onyx stones containing the engraved names of the twelve tribes to be fastened to the ephod’s shoulder straps;
The Breastplate :
this is attached to the ephod, and its purpose is to aid making decisions; multicoloured yarns; precious stones inlaid, twelve engraved stones to represent the tribes of Israel; gold rings and fasteners to link to the ephod; Aaron will bear the names of Israel’s sons when he enters the Holy Place; the Urim and Thummin (sacred dice-like items for casting lots) and also built into the breastplate, over the heart (‘bearing the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.’) 
Other Priestly Garments :
the ephod robe made of blue cloth – I like the idea of the pomegranates and golden bells along the hem of the robe – so you / God can hear Aaron going in and out of the Holy Place; a gold plate engraved with “HOLY TO THE LORD” to be worn over the turban on his forehead (Aaron will ‘bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate’); tunics and turbans of fine linen, and embroidered sashes for Aaron and his sons, who are to be anointed, ordained and consecrated;
Oh, and don’t forget the underwear, covering modesty and avoiding any guilt !!  

(Check out the paintings of the life of Jesus on the website for Prof. M. M. Ninan :
this one’s called ‘Talitha Koum’)


Jairus’ daughter and the woman with bleeding
On the lakeside again, a large crowd is pressing in around Jesus.
Synagogue ruler, Jairus, comes and begs Jesus to visit his sick daughter, believing He could heal her.
Jesus starts towards Jairus’ house.
The woman, who has been bleeding for twelve years (and has tried all the doctors and treatments under the sun (except the Son !!)), touches the hem of Jesus’ cloak (she is undoubtedly ashamed of her ‘uncleanness’, and doesn’t want any attention drawing to herself). Jesus recognises ‘power has gone out of Him’ and stops the crowd to ask who touched Him. The disciples think the question is bizarre since so many are crowding Him.
The woman falls at Jesus’ feet and tells her story. She has her faith commended by Jesus, and is blessed as she goes, healed.

The news arrives that Jairus’ daughter has died, but Jesus presses on, stating, “Do not be afraid, just believe”.
Taking his inner circle of disciples and Jairus and his wife, he pushes through the grieving crowd, claiming the girl is simply sleeping (Jesus is mocked for this claim), and speaks over the girl, “Talitha Koum – Little girl, get up”. The girl is revived, gets up and walks about – Jesus sees it has been hungry work for her, and asks them to get her some food – He thinks of everything.
I don’t know quite how He expects them to keep this one quiet though – there’s a grieving crowd just outside the door.

I was intrigued by the woman’s twelve years of bleeding, and the twelve year old girl revived through Jesus’ healing; both stories show that the power of Jesus is sufficient when human resources fail

A Prophet Without Honour – back in His hometown, Jesus realises that all those who’ve known Him as He’s grown up amongst them struggle to be taught by Him, to accept His miraculous works. “Isn’t this the carpenter ? Isn’t this Mary’s son ?” (although his brothers and sisters are mentioned, there’s no Joseph by this stage in Jesus’ life).
It’s in His hometown that a ‘prophet is without honour’, and there’s a distinct lack of faith.

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”
“Who may ascend the hill of the Lord ?
 Who may stand in His Holy Place ?
 He who has clean hands and a pure heart..”
A psalm of praise to the King of glory, and a desire for His holiness, His life in ours. A need for our purity and holiness, only possible through Him, the Lord Almighty…

My recreated thoughts :

Twelve sons of Israel
Twelve years of bleeding, healed
Twelve year old daughter, revived
Count to twelve…….
God is always blessing His people,
healing and reviving.
Lord, bless, heal and revive us today.




One response

1 04 2011

Just been reading about the Tabernacle today. Could not put my bible down… The details given are amazing and you can clearly picture it n your mind.
I am also very moved by Exodus 34 v6 where it reads… ” The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slower to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin “… wonderful words”

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