Being one of the most mysterious, and consequently, the most absent symbol of Israel, the ark of the covenant, which rested in the tabernacle shows very clearly the outline of Christ in His life, genealogy and death.
Before I mention anything else, I would like to tell you something that I find amazing considering our study. The man who made the ark has a most astounding name. His name, Bezaleel, means “in the shadow of God”. Fitting that this man would make something which would give Israel a shadow of their Messiah: Jesus Christ.
First off, as I have promised, I will explain the importance of the “shittim wood”. The Hebrew word for “shittim” word is equivalent to the English word (which comes from the Greek) for the acacia tree.
Now, if any of you have seen the acacia tree then you will know why this is important. For those who haven’t seen it, I’ll give you a clue to what it means. The word “acacia” comes from the Greek word for “thorn”.
In Matthew, Mark and John, the account of Christ wearing a crown of thorns, is present. Apparently, God thought it important that we knew this. See, when the ark was made, the acacia trees had to be stripped of their thorns and cut down and shaped into something that could be worked with. This is all symbolic of stripping of the curse of mankind through the atoning work of God.
In these same steps, but in opposite manner, Christ had to come into the world, molded perfectly into what he had to be. Then, He had to bear the thorns (one of the curse of mankind’s sins, Genesis 3:18) and become something that could bear the sin of the world.
As 2 Corinthians 5:21 says:
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
For me, it is clear that the entire tabernacle’s core lay in the sacrificial death Christ would offer. Amazing!
In the verse 15 we have a prerequisite of a previous prophecy but before the fulfillment of prophecy which Christ has fulfilled.
The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.
This verse, as we discovered in the last part, means that the Branch/Christ will not lose His authority. He is not mortal that He should lose it. The prophecy related to it is found in Genesis 49:10:
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.
The royal secptre did not depart from Judah until Christ came. The stave did not leave the ring and so Christ/Branch has not lost His authority.