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Symbolization: The Chest on the Right Side of the Altar

Symbolization: The chest on the right side of the Altar

Original Entry Date 12/27/2013: If you’ve been following my blog for a bit you know how I love to point out the parts that foreshadow Jesus in the Old Testament!

Big Meanings in Small Things

The essence of Jesus is throughout the pages of the Old Testament


And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:32

You may have guessed by now that we will be looking for Jesus in the Old Testament!
When you think about it though, He is ALL throughout the Old Testament. Naturally, this makes sense because He is The Word that became flesh and dwelt amongst us.
Even in the smallest bit of detail, you can find Him.

The High Places Remained

We will be reading a portion of 2 Kings 12, the rule of Joash.

2 Kings 12:1-3: In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. 2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there…

Read the Word…

Keeping the high places of idol worship is equivalent to being born again in Christ Jesus but not actively working towards Walking in the Spirit. This is due to mediocre teachings in the church that water down the true message of obedience in an attempt to prevent offense. A lot of people love Jesus, but don’t want to give up things of the world. It is so important to read the Word every day and pray as to build a true understanding of what Jesus has called us to do.

Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the Lord—the money collected in the census, the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarily to the temple. Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, then use it to repair whatever damage is found in the temple.”
But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple. Therefore King Joash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and asked them, “Why aren’t you repairing the damage done to the temple? Take no more money from your treasurers, but hand it over for repairing the temple.” The priests agreed that they would not collect any more money from the people and that they would not repair the temple themselves.

Imagine that, the King commanding the priests to retrieve money for the purpose of rebuilding the Temple of God and after 23 years the Temple had not been rebuilt. It doesn’t say exactly why but it seems that the priests were not following through with the Kings command to begin rebuilding the Temple. Twenty three years prior they proclaimed obedience to the king’s command but walked off, became stagnant in their efforts and no change was made.
This ties in to the unchanged life of a Christian who fails to understand the command that has been given to them. Without faith, there is no action. Without action, there is no change.

Rebuilding the Temple

Remember, the temple is our body, where Christ resides.

23 years of idleness amongst the priests but then things change when a chest is placed on right side of the altar.

2 Kings 12:9-16 NIV

Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid. He placed it beside the altar, on the right side as one enters the temple of the Lord. The priests who guarded the entrance put into the chest all the money that was brought to the temple of the Lord. 10 Whenever they saw that there was a large amount of money in the chest, the royal secretary and the high priest came, counted the money that had been brought into the temple of the Lord and put it into bags. 11 When the amount had been determined, they gave the money to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. With it they paid those who worked on the temple of the Lord—the carpenters and builders, 12 the masons and stonecutters. They purchased timber and blocks of dressed stone for the repair of the temple of the Lord, and met all the other expenses of restoring the temple.

1The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold or silver for the temple of the Lord; 14 it was paid to the workers, who used it to repair the temple. 15 They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty. 16 The money from the guilt offerings and sin offerings[c] was not brought into the temple of the Lord; it belonged to the priests.

The wooden chest placed on the right side of the altar is a symbol of Jesus Christ. A wooden chest (wood represents humanity and how Christ came down in human form.) with a hole bored into it. The hole being bored into it the lid reminds me of how Jesus was stabbed in the side with a spear while he hung on the cross. Also by placing the chest on the right side of the altar signifies how His obedience to the cross has put Him in a place of honor. Read this snippet:

What is the significance of the right side in the Bible? The right hand of God (Dextera Domini “right hand of the Lord” in Latin) or God’s right hand may refer to the Bible and common speech as a metaphor for the omnipotence of God and as a motif in art. In the Bible, to be at the right side “is to be identified as being in the special place of honor”.”

Final thing to point out Is that only change and rebuilding began when the chest entered into the Temple

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