“When the camp prepares to journey, Aaron and his sons shall come, and they shall take down the covering veil and cover the ark of the Testimony with it.”
– Numbers 4:5
Relating to the holiest things, Aaron and his sons were responsible for the Ark of Covenants’ preparation for travel by taking down the most sacred inner sanctuary. They put over it a covering of badger skins and then a blue cloth over that. As the Ark of Testimony traveled, so the camp traveled. As it moved under a veil, I would imagine the people could make out some of its shape and design.
Imagine the Hebrew pilgrim’s of that day as they walked beside it. As it moved across the land on the shoulders of its servants, paving paths through land and rivers, I would imagine the silhouette painting pictures in their mind’s eye. They could have imagined the golden angels facing each other, the tips of their wings touching at the point where God sat. Maybe they watched in awe thinking about God’s Words written by His own hands inside the golden box. Regardless, what a holy time for anyone who could never approach the throne themselves.
When John the Baptist finally learned that his cousin Jesus was the Messiah, he stood on the banks of the shore watching the Lord walk towards Him and declared to all, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” It was God incarnate, veiled with humanness traveling along the path, taking us back to the picture of the Ark of Testimony. Just as the weary travelers watched God and His written word walk under veil, the Jews of Jesus’ day now saw the Living Word walking in a foreign land.
Today the Lord Jesus is no longer veiled. His written Word clearly tells us who He is. Just as John said, “He was in the beginning with God. all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” As Christians, do we still look for Jesus walking in and through our lives? If so, do we still stand in awe of His glory?
“The Bible was called forth by the fall of man. It is the voice of God calling men home from the wilds of sin; it is a road map for returning prodigals. It is instruction in righteousness, light in darkness, information about God and man and life and death and heaven and hell. Further, the destiny of each individual depends upon the response to that Voice in the Word.”
– A.W. Tozer