Who is this coming from the wilderness? It’s traveling couch, born by sixty burly men. And it’s described as a sacrifice.

It “comes up” from the wilderness ( ‘alah ). It is surrounded by pillars of smoke and is itself “smoked” ( mequtteret , from qatar , “turn to smoke,” Exodus 29:13, 18, 25; 30:7, 8; Leviticus 1:9; etc.). It bears the pleasing aroma of myrrh and frankincense, like a tribute offering of rbead (Leviticus 2:2, 15, 16).

It is like the Bride of Psalm 45, who comes to her husband like an ascension offering. It is like Israel, arising out of the wilderness into the land like the smoke of incense. This is the Bridal food of God coming in sacrifice.

Articles by Peter J. Leithart

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