x377......But Wait!---You Need a "covering"
Nu 4:12 And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:
This verse in the Bible along with some others that refer to the same aspect of the old covenant have been used to attempt to tell Christians that they need a "covering"---which somehow translates to a person who is "over them in the Lord"--a person who will supervise them--lead them--guide them if they want to be in "ministry".
Nearly every minister claims to be "under" someone else--to have this "covering". This might seem right if we interpret ourselves as vessels--and that we need a "covering"--
But, where exactly does the Bible say that this "covering" is another person? That it is a pastor--or someone who is in "the ministry"?--Could we not just as readily say that this covering is the rulership of God in our lives? Could we not just as easily relate this covering to the blood of Jesus covering our sin? Could we not relate our covering to the guidance of the Guide--the Coucelor--the Holy Spirit? Aren't we ALL "the church" and isn't Christ the "Head" of the church, and, as the Bible clearly states--isn't Christ the "Head of every man"??
Taken literally, the Bible is speaking to Israel about a specific ritual of purification which they needed to perform regarding physical vessels and real badger skins--part of the area of sacrifice which was necessary to perform precisely in order for the sacrifice to be acceptable to God. But we know (or at least we ought to know) that sacrifice is no longer necessary to forgive sin in our lives--we have the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross to completely forgive our sin. We certainly do not physically perform any of the other sacrifices of purification--why is this one taken out of context and "magically" related to a person "covering" another person who wants to serve God?
In fact--if we look at the new testament we see one scripture which deals with covering and vessels (which mean people)--
15* "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. 16* No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light." (Luke 8:15-16)
These verses are at the end of the explanation of the parable of the sower. Jesus relates the word (the seed) falling onto the good soil of a man's heart and so producing fruit. He now takes this same relationship and compares it to lighting a candle. Now, if we are saying that people are vessels--Jesus says that once a person is saved--they should not hide what they have--they literally should not be "covered by another vessel"--they should not have another "vessel" covering them!! The ministry we receive from the salvation which we receive should not be hidden! (If we could simply understand that release is a vital and central part of the Gospel--the salvation we receive--simply by asking Jesus to be our Lord and Savior!!!)
The teaching on the "covering" sounds like another tradition from the days of the control of the Roman government ----attempting to control the "sheep" in the church!
But in the bible there was someone else who had a covering--and in fact was said to be a "covering" himself!
Who?-- Who had the minsitry of "covering" in the Bible?
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. (Ezekiel 28:12-18, KJV).
Satan/Lucifer was known as the "covering cherub"--this was his title--and one of his operations.
How do we know who's "covering" who?
could it be --Satan?
But wait! Let's assume that the typology of a "vesssel of ministry" neeeding a "covering" is correct.
So, stop and think a moment. Look at what scripture is saying. The covering for the vessels is put on them when they are NOT in use! When these vessels are in use--they are, of course, uncovered--and were filled with the blood of the sacrifice. Their use was to carry the blood of the offering from one place to another. This is now, a rather accurate typolgy for the ministry of Christ's vessels.
If we are vessels of ministry---then when we are in use, we need to be uncovered (after all, if we are covereed, we will not be able to pour out our contents--we will not be able to do the ministry--to administer the blood to others--which is the purpose of Christian ministry--GET PEOPLE SAVED--BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!).
Now, types and shadows can be argued forever. Our calling at this website is to release all believers to serve God freely and minister the Gospel to others.
We are too busy to argue--too busy witnessing the Gospel--and you ought to be too!