Today’s reading: Exodus 25-26; Matthew 21:1-22
22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel. Exodus 25:22
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” Matthew 21:5
Although it is Man that has rebelled and offended God, it is God who makes the way for Man to find Him. It is God who gives Moses a plan for a tabernacle and an ark upon which the Lord promises to meet with him and speak with him. All of the rituals of the tabernacle would point to Jesus Christ, God’s anointed One, who came to Zion in humble form riding a donkey.
It is always God’s initiative. He comes to us. He graciously makes the move to restore us to Himself, though we deserve nothing but punishment and rejection. He has always made the first move and He continues to make the first move. We are dead in sin without Him. We cannot respond until He breathes into us and gives us new life that inevitably results in faith and repentance.
Praise God for reaching out to His own people, for grasping hell-bent sinners and rescuing them from His just wrath. We, who know Him, will imitate His grace toward us and reach out to those who need our forgiveness, too.