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Bits and Pieces 8/02

High Priest’s Golden Bell Discovered

During a recent excavation led by the Antiquities Authority in Israel of a drainage channel near the Temple Mount, a small golden bell was unearthed.  This is the type of bell that was to be sewn on the hem of the High Priest’s garment.  Exodus 28:33 says, “Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them.”  Evidently, some 2500 years ago, as the High Priest made his way from the Pool of Siloam up to the Temple, the little bell came loose and fell into the drainage canal that was built alongside the road. 

Is this significant to me today?  Yes, because it serves not just as a matter of interesting historical significance, but also as a reminder that we have a great High Priest, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is more significant than any earthly High Priest, for as Hebrews 4 tells us, he is the Son of God. And, He didn’t just pass behind the curtains to the Holy of Holies, but He passed into Heaven itself to bring atonement to all who believe.  For more information about the finding of the golden bell, visit The Golden Bell.

A Heavenly Devotional

I am intrigued by the title of a new devotional book called The Heavens:  Intimate Moments With Your Majestic God by Kevin Hartnett.  The author is NASA’s Deputy Science Operations Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope.  I’ve always been fascinated by the mystery of the heavenly bodies and have often gazed in wonder at the incredible photos sent back to earth by the Hubble Telescope. 

This book sounds like an obvious way to come to know God.   Psalm 19 says,  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”  I recall one day studying for a lesson I was to teach on Genesis and creation and finding the Hubble Website.  I lost all sense of time and had a joyful worship experience as I looked at photo after photo of the world God created to declare His glory. 

Ponder This

A quote to ponder from John Piper:  “Do you feel loved by God because you believe he makes much of you, or because you believe he frees you and empowers you to enjoy making much of him?”

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