Women of the Word: the Women Who Served at the Entrance to the Tent of Meeting
Eli was the second-to-last high priest of Israel, and he died in his position. He was a good man who did the right thing, but his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were scoundrels who had no regard for the Lord and his commandments. However, despite the fact that they accompanied their father to work in the tabernacle, they did not do so because they desired to serve God. They were solely interested in serving themselves. People came to the temple to make sacrifices to God, and when they arrived, Hophni and Phinehas seized the offerings for themselves.
“Now Eli, who was very old, had heard about everything his sons were doing to all of Israel, including how they were sleeping with the women who worked at the entrance to the tent of meeting,” according to 1 Samuel 2:22.
God punished them both by causing them to die on the same day as a result of this.
Women were able to walk to the tabernacle without fear of being sexually harassed or being compelled to perform sexual favors under Samuel’s leadership because of his leadership.
- To “take advantage of (a circumstance or person) in an unjust or selfish manner” is one of the definitions of the term exploit.
- It was their intention to serve at the tabernacle, but they were coerced into having sexual relations with one another.
- Eli’s sons took advantage of both their status (as priests in the tabernacle) and the people (the ladies who served) in an unethical manner, according to the Bible.
- Their behavior, as well as any other such behavior, is unjust and unacceptable – regardless of whether it occurs in a church, a school, or the workplace.
- Hophni and Phinehas exploited their positions of spiritual authority, demonstrating a complete lack of care for God’s approval.
- These people couldn’t give a damn about the minds, bodies, and souls of those who came to the tabernacle to worship the Almighty.
- Many of the ladies were most likely duped into having sexual relations with Hophni and Phinehas by their captors.
- We can only pray that the immoral actions of Hophni and Phinehas did not cause these ladies to abandon the tabernacle and God.
- Far too many individuals have been turned away from God as a result of “church pain” and “church people” who are cruel to them.
It is important that you do not blame God for the immorality of humans, that you do not regard the sin of mankind as greater than the salvation of Christ, and that you resist the temptation to allow the hate and unfairness and self-centeredness of a few to drive you away from the One who loves you the most.
“My ways are not like man’s ways, and My thoughts are not like man’s thoughts,” he says.
There is no comparison between the two.
He does not take advantage of others; rather, he defends them.
You should feel liked and respected by those in positions of spiritual authority when you visit a church to worship your Heavenly Father. Your Heavenly Father wants you to feel loved and respected by those in positions of spiritual authority when you attend a church to worship Him.
The Mirrors of the Ministering Women
During his time as high priest of Israel, Eli was the second-to-last. However, his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord. Although he was a good man who did what was right, his sons were not. Despite the fact that they assisted their father in the tabernacle, they did not do it out of a desire to please God. They were just interested in serving themselves and their own interests. When people came to make offerings to God, Hophni and Phinehas seized the sacrifices and used them to feed themselves and their household.
- ‘Now Eli, who was very old at the time, heard about everything his sons were doing to all of Israel, including how they were sleeping with the women who worked as ushers in the tent of meeting,’ according to 1 Samuel 2:22.
- God punished them both by having them die on the same day as a result of their actions.
- Women may walk to the tabernacle without fear of being sexually harassed or coerced into performing sexual favors under Samuel’s leadership.
- They discovered that the tabernacle was not a place of Heavenly warmth, tranquility, and comfort for them, but rather a place of torment and anguish as a result of the immoral conduct of Hophni and Phinehas instead.
- However, instead of leading them closer to God and holiness, they were led down a road of wickedness by the priests they had expected.
- Hophni and Phinehas treated these women with contempt and abuse, rather than as valuable sisters in God’s eyes.
- Because they were primarily concerned with gratifying their own immoral desires, Eli’s sons took advantage of the women who worked for them.
The fact that God’s work was being done and His will was being carried out meant nothing to them.
Only their own interests were at heart for them.
When they realized what their actual intentions were, no doubt some of them protested and struggled against this horrible violation, but they were eternally wounded by the transgressions of Eli’s sons — a sin that was not only committed against them, but also against the Almighty.
The most we can hope for is that they found healing and strength in the Son of Man, Who is filled with the deepest love and respect for females.
Far too many people have been victimized by so-called “men of God” in terms of financial, spiritual, and even sexual exploitation.
You should also not let the hatred, injustice and selfish behavior of a few to drive you away from the One who loves you most.
“My ways are not like man’s ways, and My thoughts are not like man’s thoughts,” he says in the Bible.
No comparison can be drawn between the two options.
He does not take advantage of others; rather, he guards them against danger.
You should feel loved and respected by those in positions of spiritual authority when you visit a church to worship your Heavenly Father. Your Heavenly Father wishes for you to feel loved and respected by those in positions of spiritual authority when you attend a church to worship Him.
Women at the Entrance to the Tent of Meeting
Image courtesy of “He fashioned the copper laver and its copper stand from the mirrors of the ladies who worked at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting,” says the author. Exodus 38:8 is a verse from the Bible that says (JPS translation) Yes, the “women who performed duties,” as they were known. What kind of person might they have been, and what kind of work could they have done? Many critics have asserted that the women worked in the Tent of Meeting in lowly capacities, as if they were just cleaning slaves or janitors.
When addressing the Levite priests’ responsibilities, the same word is used.
The root oftzave’u is frequently employed in other contexts, and its fundamental sense is “to wage war.” So the word appears to refer to female soldiers who are stationed at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, according to the context.
Why would these military women need mirrors, you might wonder.
Gafney speculates in her bookDaughters of Miriam: A Novel about the life of Miriam that Women Prophets in Ancient Israel that the sanctuary guardians utilized the mirrors (Hebrew =mar’ot) as signaling devices in battle (a “Bronze Age signal corps”), and that the sanctuary guardians were women prophets in ancient Israel MAR’OTIS means “vision” in its most basic sense.
- Clarence J.
- This is supported by other scholars.
- Perhaps the book of Exodus 38:8 contains proof of an institution of holy women in Israel, similar to those in Egypt.
- According to 1 Samuel 2:22, this professional class of sanctuary guards existed for a period of time during Israel’s historical development.
This suggests that the older tent of meeting traditions were more gender inclusive than the later tabernacle-temple traditions into which they were assimilated. Carol Meyers’ book, Women in Scripture, has a chapter on this topic on page 202.
For Further Reading
Alan M. Cooper and Bernard R. Goldstein published “At the Entrance to the Tent: More Cultic Resonances in Biblical Narrative” in Journal of Biblical Literature 116/2 (1997) 201-215. Cooper, Alan M. Goldstein, Bernard R. Wilda C. Gafney’s Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel is a book on women prophets in ancient Israel (Fortress Press, 2008) In Realia Dei: Essays in Archeology and Biblical Interpretation in Honor of Edward F. Campbell, Jr., edited by Prescott H. Williams, Jr., Meyers, Carol – “Guilds and Gatherings: Women’s Groups in Ancient Israel,” in the Scholars Press Bible and Archaeology Series, edited by Prescott H.
(Atlanta: Scholars Press) Carol Meyers, Toni Craven, and Ross S.
Kraemer, eds., Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, The Apocryphal/Deuter (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000) In 1985, E.
dissertation on the Victory Song Tradition of the Women of Israel at the Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Moreover, he made the laver of bronze with its base of bronze, from the mirrors of the serving women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
Also of brass, as well as the foot of it of brass, he constructed the laver of looking glasses for the ladies who had gathered at the door of the tabernacle of the assembly, and he placed them on the laver. EXPOSITORY (BIBLE IN ENGLISH): (8) He fashioned the laver out of brass. – Complement this with Exodus 30:18-21, where the laver is commanded and the purposes for which it is to be used are specified. In this context, “brass” must be understood to mean “bronze,” as it has been in others. In the case of the lookingglasses.
- The mirrors that were utilized in ancient times were not made of glass, but of burnished metal rather than glass.
- Similar pieces were used in the bathrooms of the Etruscan women, who had them beautifully chased with engravings and decorated with a variety of designs.
- — It appears that these ladies, who were known to attend the “tent of assembly” that Moses had lately established (Exodus 33:7) and to throng there in large groups, deliberately surrendered the mirrors, which were among their most cherished treasures, to God in order to serve Him.
- Exodus 38:8 is a verse from the Bible.
- In the gospel, this laver symbolized God’s provision for purifying our souls from the pollution of sin by the atoning blood of Christ and the regenerating Spirit of God, so that we may be prepared to serve God in holiness and honor.
- When it came to coins, Pliny claims that those made of brass and tin combined together were considered the greatest before those made of silver became popular.
While it is possible that the laver was so brightly burnished that the sides of it still served as mirrors, so that the priests, when they came to wash, could see their faces and discover the spots to wash them clean, it is more likely that the laver was so brightly burnished that the sides of it still served as mirrors.
- The fervor of certain ladies, who were dedicated to God and passionate for the tabernacle worship, was manifested in the parting with their mirrors, which were polished metal plates.
- Take a look at the marginal reference.
- The sacrifice of their mirrors in exchange for the use of the sanctuary was an appropriate one for such ladies to make (compareExodus 35:22note).
- a laver of brass.
Whether Moses intended to make it impossible for the Hebrew women to follow a similar practice at the tabernacle by taking their looking glasses, or whether the supply of brass from other sources in the camp had run out, it is fascinating to learn how zealously and to such a great extent they relinquished those highly prized companions of the female toilet in the wilderness.
- of the women who had gathered.
- The same way as today’s looking-glasses are sometimes constructed of polished steel, looking-glasses were formerly made of polished brass, according to evidence from both religious and profane writers.
- Philippians 3:9 (c) is a verse in the Bible that says The words that follow appear to refer to a group of devout women who, in a more unusual way, committed themselves to the service of God in or around his tabernacle, via fasting, prayer, and other forms of devotion.
- Luke 2:37 (KJV).
- And he built the laver out of brass, as well as the foot of the laver out of metal.
However, no mention is made of the laver; instead, as previously stated, mention is made of the looking glasses of the women assembling, who gathered at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation; though these are referred to as looking glasses, it is not to be assumed that they were made of glass in the same way that ours are; for what use would such be in the construction of a brazen laver?
Some do choose to read the words “with the looking glasses” (d), and interpret them to mean that there were looking glasses around the laver, affixed to it, so that when the priests came to wash, they might see their spots, and the better know how to cleanse themselves from them.
Mirrors were once constructed of several types of polished metal, some of which were gold, some of which were silver, some of which were brass, and some of which were brass and tin (f); and Indians still use mirrors made of brass, which are finely polished and accurately reflect the complexion of the wearer (g).
Because polished brass is smooth and polished, Aristotle I describes mirrors constructed of brass as having the ability to receive and reflect the least amount of touch; similarly, polished steel and even burnished brass are used in modern times to create such mirrors: Aristotle I Although De la Hay (k) claims that he had one in his study, which had been given to him, and was made of Damascus brass, and was so finely polished that no crystal could give a truer sight of the face than that, it is certain that the ancients used such kinds of mirrors; seeJob 37:18these the good women of Israel, in their great zeal, brought for the service of the sanctuary, though they were of daily use, and particularly serviceable to them Varenius (l) proposes another translation, rendering the words as follows: “of the looking glasses in great number gathered together, which they had heaped together at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation;”but the word used is active, not passive, and is used of persons gathering together, rather than of things gathered, as appears from the above quoted place and others; and these women gathered together, not for devotion and religion, but to pray, as the Targums of Onkelos Women gathered here with their brass mirrors for the service of the sanctuary, for the word signifies a gathering in troops, as in an army; and they came in great numbers and beset the door of the tent where Moses was, that he might take their offerings at their hands; not but that it will be allowed that devout women occasionally gathered at the tabernacle and temple, to perform acts of religion and devotion; but this does not appear to be the case here, nor does this appear to be a religious (d) “con speculis,” Oleaster; (e) De Vita Mosis, l.
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- 124, in Doughtei Analecta Sacr.
- 44, p.
- 15 of the East Indian and Jewish Customs Agreement, p.
- g) Agreement on Customs between East Indians and Jews, art.
- (h) Nat.
I De Insomniis, c.
(ii) De Insomniis, c.
(l) Apud ib.
It was a bright and magnificent thing, according to R.
The women brought their looking glasses, which were made of brass or fine metal, and offered them freely for use in the tabernacle, which was also bright and magnificent.
V.8a is the same as Exodus 30:18a; v.8b is a new verse.
8b.the serving ladies who served] This is an unusual statement, because the word used () is not the usual Heb.
Numbers 4:1-33, Numbers 4:23 (RVm.) ‘Heb.to fight the warfare ‘; cf.
), 35, 39, 43, Exodus 8:24-25, Numbers 4:23 (RVm.) ‘Heb.to war the warfare’; Numbers 4:23 (RVm.) ‘He (see RVm.).
The women were undoubtedly considered to be those who did the washing, cleaning, and repairing.
See the references in DI for other haggadic interpretations.
40, indicating that it was a later addition to the original narrative.
Complementing this is the reason given in Numbers 16:37-40 for the metal enclosure of the altar.
This is a fascinating fact that has not previously been mentioned.
They feature handles that are similar to those on our fire screens, which are often made of bronze.
The sacrifice of these people for a sacred cause should be attributed to their own serf-denying piety, rather than to any mandate issued by Moses or any other religious leader (Spencer).
“Who came in with armies,” to put it another way.
At a later era, we see Hannah (1 Samuel 1:9-12) and other women who were less qualified (1 Samuel 2:22) performing the same thing that Moses (Exodus 33:7) did.
With the exception of Hengstenberg and others, there is no reason to believe they were part of a regular “order” of any kind.
The order corresponds to the list of individual articles in Exodus 35:11-19, as well as to the construction of the entire sanctuary; however, the holy chest (the ark), as the most holy thing of all, is distinguished above all the others by being explicitly mentioned as the work of Bezaleel, the chief architect of the entire structure.
women at the door of the tent of meeting – rabbisylviarothschild
For the last several weeks, it has been difficult to discern the presence of women in the Torah readings; nevertheless, in Vayakhel, the women are prominent and unmistakable. As a result of the people’s failures, the mishkan/tabernacle is being built as a reaction to their sins, which culminated in the building of the golden calf, an idol to soothe them while Moses was gone on Mount Sinai, alone with God. It has become plainly evident that the people are not yet ready for a God who does not have a bodily presence or an aide-memoire in their midst.
- While on their trip, they will be carrying this potent sign with them at all times.
- The mishkan’s specifics have been provided in the previous several chapters, in the form of extensive, dry lists of materials and artifacts.
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- (35:21) All of the people for whom this project was genuinely important, everyone who had a stake in the building of the holy reminder, had come with their presents to share in the celebration.
- And then there’s the verse that’s out of place.
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- The phrase “hanashim al hanashim– the men upon the women” implies that the ladies carried the men and took them along with them, and that they arrived first with their jewelry and only then did the men arrive with their presents, according to the verse.
- After a few verses, the importance of the female role is re-emphasised: If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
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- And the goats’ hair was spun by all of the ladies whose hearts had been moved by knowledge.
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁ֑ה Every man and woman whose heart made them willing to bring for all the labor, which the Eternal had directed to be done by the hand of Moses, the children of Israel offered a freewill-offering to the Eternal (Exodus 29:29).
This has, of course, been noted by the pundits.
In addition, they point out that the list of jewelry detailed contained primarily feminine things, and they assert that the passage is alluding to the males tricking the women into bringing their jewelry under the belief that they would not want to part with it.
It contrasts sharply with a previous incident in which jewelry was given to the priesthood – the incident of the golden calf – in which the midrash tells us – and the tosafists remind us – that the women did not want to give their jewelry to such an enterprise, seeing through the project for the idolatry that it was, and the men had torn the jewelry from the ears, fingers, and necks of their reluctant womenfolk.
- According to this midrashic view, women are in the position of fully comprehending the religious response, but males have less emotional intelligence than women.
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- (Exodus 38:8) What was the identity of these women who provided service at the Tent of Meeting’s entrance?
- And why did they have copper mirrors in the first place?
- Both times, the ladies are at the entrance of the tent of meeting, which served as a liminal location of immense significance, as it was where people came to take their vows and as it was where the priesthood cleaned themselves before entering.
- While this word is employed to describe a military engagement, we can also find it used to express something else in the Book of Numbers — namely, the duty of the Levites in and around the Mishkan.
- (See Numbers 4:23, 35, 39, 43, and 8:24 for examples.) Even while it has been customary to see these women as low-status cultic prostitutes or camp followers, the text does not support this interpretation and, in fact, can be interpreted in a completely different light.
Their ministry is more important to them than what are sometimes perceived as more typical girlie activities such as cosmetics and grooming.
The effects of slavery had depleted their physical and emotional endurance, and they had opted not to lay a claim on the future by living apart from their wives and abstaining from sexual relations or procreation.
It was the significance of the mirrors in this exercise that made it so memorable for me.
This midrash is quoted by Rashi in this verse, and he goes on to say even more.
It appears that God has less apprehension about the bodies and sexuality of women than Moses did.
Over time, it appears that every Rosh Chodesh has evolved into a day of celebration and enjoyment for women, during which no work is performed and women can relax and enjoy themselves.
The ease with which the women were able to initiate intimacy, the ministry that they provided at the liminal border between sacred space and secular space, the understanding that they demonstrated in refusing to offer their jewelry for idolatry but instead running to offer it for the mishkan – all of this is rooted in our tradition and deserves to be recognized and celebrated.
It is from these verses that we may conclude that women played an equally vital and active role as males, and that they were not just routinely beside but were also on occasion the leaders, the ones who carried the flow, the ones who established the agenda.
Pekudei has a variety of meanings, including to visit, to account for, to calculate, and to come across. When we read these texts, we must keep in mind that a community is accounted for, confronted, and requires the participation of all of its members.
Who were the ministering women, and what exactly did they do?
In verse 8, it is stated that the bronze bowl was created from the mirrors of the ministering ladies who served in the temple that day. What tasks and duties did they have that were comparable to those of priests? Specifically, did they originate from a certain tribe or were they called by God and sent to a specific tribe in order to serve to them? When you read about women being used by God all the way back to Moses’ time, it’s fascinating. Exodus 38:8ESV (English Standard Version) – 8 He created the basin of bronze and its stand of bronze from the mirrors of the serving ladies who ministered at the entrance to the tent of meeting, which he found in the tent’s entrance.
- The greater the number of votes, the higher the position of an answer on the list.
- We can make educated guesses based on local traditions, historical events, and biblical revelation.
- It is women who are in charge of the household in the Bible (Isaiah 3:12).
- In most cases, a man cannot administrate the large picture without the attention to detail provided by a female counterpart.
- Rosie the Riveters, as well as thousands of other women, demonstrated this during World War II.
- It is written in (Exodus 21:15, 17, 28–31) and (Numbers 5:19–20, 29; 6:2; 30:1–16) Hebrew.
- The ladies in Exodus 38:8 are described as follows by the Jewish Publication Society Torah Commentary on page 230: “There is no evidence to support the claim that they (the women) performed any ceremonial or cultic role,” says the researcher.
- They were tasked with menial tasks.” It is likely that they served in a maintenance position, such as cleaning and repairing equipment.
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What Does Exodus 38:8 Mean? “And he made the laver of brass, and the base thereof of brass, of the mirrors of the ministering women that ministered at the door of the tent of meeting.”
- FURNITURE OF THE TABERNACLE (Exodus 38:1-31) CHAPTERS 38 AND 39 1. the altar of burned offering -The repetitions are continued, and it is possible to determine the exact conformity of the performance to the sequence by examining the results. Women’s seeing glasses, made of brass, number eight on the list. The term “mirrors” should have been used since such instruments, which were generally spherical and placed into a handle of wood, stone, or metal, were made of brass, silver, or bronze and were highly polished to a mirror-like finish. Whether Moses intended to make it impossible for the Hebrew women to follow a similar practice at the tabernacle by taking their looking glasses, or whether the supply of brass from other sources in the camp had run out, it is fascinating to learn how zealously and to such a great extent they relinquished those highly prized companions of the female toilet in the wilderness. a group of women assembling. at the door -not priestesses, but women of pious character and influence who frequented the courts of the sacred building (Luke 2:37), and whose parting with their mirrors, like the cutting of the hair of the Nazarites, symbolized their temporary renunciation of the world. 9. the court – It was a rectangular space about one hundred and fifty feet by seventy-five feet, and it was surrounded by curtains of fine linen about eight feet high, which were strung on brazen or copper columns. Those curtains were held in place by rods that were connected to the ceiling and kept in place by being fastened to pins that were driven into the ground. 10. hooks – The hooks on the pillars in the court were used to hang the corpses of the sacrificial animals, while the hooks on the pillars at the entrance to the tabernacle were used to hang the sacerdotal garments and other items used in the ceremony. Sockets -mortices or holes in which the ends of the pillars were supported. 17. The chapiters, also known as the capitals of the pillars, were wooden poles that ran along the top of the pillars and to which the hooks for the hangings were connected. a measurement of height in breadth -also known as “in the measure” The hangings of the court gate, which was twenty cubits broad, were of the same height as the hangings all around the court, according to the sense of the passage. 21. This is the whole of the tabernacle’s contents – As soon as he has completed his description of the tabernacle’s constituent parts, the inspired historian diverts his attention to a statement concerning the gold and silver that were used in it, the computation for which was carried out in accordance with a Moses-issued order-by the Levites, under the direction of Ithamar, Aaron’s youngest son. It is worth around $450,000 to have 24. twenty-nine talents and seven hundred and thirty shekels, which is equivalent to approximately $450,000. 25. The silver of those who were numbered -603,550 men at fifty cents each would give $301,775 if they were all silver. The Israelites’ affluence in the desert may seem difficult to comprehend at first, but it should be recalled that they were first enriched by the spoils of the Egyptians, and then by the spoils of the Amalekites, which brought them to their affluence. Apart from that, it is extremely likely that they traded with the surrounding countries that surrounded the wilderness throughout their exile.
The Mirrors of the Ministering Women
One critic refers to it as a “taunting tidbit,” and that is exactly what it is. I don’t recall ever having observed it before. Because it is buried in the section of Exodus that recounts the specifics of the construction of the many things that made up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, this is not surprising. Reading through the apparently infinite detail of how the tabernacle was to be erected in Exodus 25 through 31 requires a certain amount of perseverance. Afterwards, in Exodus 35 through 40, Moses narrates every detail of the construction of the tabernacle, noting that everything was done “as the Lord had ordered Moses.” As a result, it shouldn’t be shocking if you overlook a “tantalizing detail.” I’m not going to lie: I tend to skim over the second set of comprehensive instructions a bit more quickly than the first set.
- This is an interesting fact.
- Something to mull on for a while.
- However, the objective of the photograph is caught.
- You are to place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you are to fill it with water, so that Aaron and his sons might wash their hands and feet with it.
Exodus 30:17-19 ESV)After slicing and dicing the sacrifice and offering it on the altar outside the tent of meeting, the priests were to wash their hands and feet before entering the holy place where the furniture of gold was located–the table for the bread of Presence, the lampstand that provided light, and the altar of incense–before entering the holy place where the furniture of gold was located.
- They would perish if they didn’t do so.
- It isn’t surprising that the Holy Spirit prompts Moses to report that the bronze basin was, in fact, created in accordance with God’s instructions.
- He created the basin of bronze and its stand of bronze from the mirrors of the serving ladies who ministered at the entrance to the tent of meeting, which he found in the tent’s entrance.
- It was from there that the materials for the bronze basin were sourced for construction.
- And that’s all we have to go on.
- Mirrors were often fashioned of beautifully polished brass in antiquity.
- However, I consider the ramifications of repurposing a substance that was formerly used to see into one’s own eyes to be used to wash the hands of another person.
To my ears, this sounds like a sacrifice.
What was the identity of these ladies?
Despite the fact that they had no official job description, they were allowed to devote their time and energy to what others may have considered mundane duties, but which were lifted to heavenly heights because they were carried out in devotion to a pure God.
I’m guessing that we’re not talking about full-length mirrors here, but rather hand mirrors, which are relatively little pieces of polished bronze, rather than full-length mirrors.
In reality, it appears that the original wording conveys the idea of a troop of troops who have been gathered together and are prepared to march forth and serve.
So, despite the fact that the Scriptures don’t provide us with much information, the mirrors of these serving women appear to me to be quite significant.
Isn’t that how our God operates when it comes to items presented in secret by those who don’t identify themselves?
For example, washing priests for entering the holy site so that they will not perish. This is a really tantalizing tidbit. This is a nice truth that helps to strengthen our faith. This is a piece of trivia that is everything from innocuous. Because of the grace of God. For the sake of God’s glory.
Where Is Your Tent of Meeting?
During a recent staff meeting, I was asked which Bible character I considered to be a true hero in my eyes. My first thought was of Moses, not so much because of his tremendous miracles or leadership abilities as it was because of his relationship with God, which was my instant response. In the Bible, we find Moses having amazing, private conversations with his God on a number of occasions. Exodus 33:7-11 is a fantastic illustration of why Moses is a hero of mine, and it can be found here. Now Moses would take a tent and erect it outside the camp a little distance away, referring to it as “the tent of meeting.” Anyone wishing to seek the Lord’s guidance would go to the tent of meeting located outside the camp.
If the Lord communicated with Moses while Moses was in the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and remain at the tent’s entrance until Moses returned.
The Lord would talk to Moses face to face, much as a man would speak to a buddy about a shared experience.
The Discipline of a Geographical Location Moses had a regular meeting location where he could commune with God.
In this section, there are numerous significant points that may pass us by if we don’t examine them very closely.
He didn’t come up with the notion of pitching a tent in a single day.
It is also crucial to note that he had this tent constructed outside the camp, which I believe is significant.
rather, it was outside the camp grounds.
A leader’s top priorities are as follows: The people were well aware of Moses’ presence in the tent during that time.
When it came to his life as a leader of the people of God, Moses made this a priority.
It brings enormous comfort to God’s people to know that their leaders’ first concern is to maintain a strong relationship with God.
Moses had pleaded with God not to send them anyplace where they would not be in His presence.
Moses was a man who had a strong desire to be in the presence of God, and the apparent expression of that desire was his decision to go to this evident location of meeting.
By its very nature, a life of spiritual connection and prayer is quiet and does not demand attention; nonetheless, the transformation it brings about in an individual’s life begins to scream out with force.
However, the moments of deep fellowship have spurred the manifestation of God’s power in a tangible way.
Just as Moses is about to enter into the tent, the heavens open, and a pillar of cloud falls to protect the tent’s entrance.
The people are keeping an eye on you.
The presence of God has descended over them as a result of their leader’s decision to begin praying.
The sight of the pillar of God’s presence descending into our camps because a holy leader has come to meet with his God fills our hearts with longing!
As he made his way to the tent, I suppose that everyone stood, both in homage and in expectation of what was about to happen.
Indeed, as Moses enters the tent, a pillar of cloud descends from the sky.
The prayer of this man of God has elicited a vast outpouring of praise from his people toward their heavenly Father.
Moses’ tent of meeting was transformed into the Tabernacle, which was transformed into the Temple, which–we say it with reverence–has transformed into us.
Our whole bodies have been transformed into His Temple (1 Cor.
God with us, Emmanuel, has taken up home within us via the power of His Spirit.
In many respects, we have benefits that Moses could never have dreamed while he was alive.
We have the privilege of communicating with God from anywhere we are.
God’s grace is amazing in that He has chosen to live among us!
Don’t read a narrative like this and think to yourself, “Oh, wouldn’t it have been wonderful if Moses had been able to meet with God in the tabernacle?” Your tent of meeting is now portable, and can be taken with you wherever you go.
The world will once again witness God’s life being carried out through His (new) covenant people, and we will have the opportunity to share this gift with others. Harvest Prayer Ministries is a non-profit organization.