shadow of joy!

“And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge and for a shelter from storm and rain.” (Isaiah 4:6)

There is an incident in the Sangam literature to illustrate the severity of the hot of the sun. When there was no rain for a long time and when the sun was so furious, all tanks had been dried up. The earth was experiencing great heat. At that time a cobra which was crawling on its stomach was unable to bear the heat and hence stood straight on its tail.

A frog which came there in search of a shadow did not notice the standing cobra and sat in its shadow to rest. The snake which was suffering from the heat was also very hungry and so swallowed the frog in full. Today many people similarly mistake the sins as comforting shadows and take refuge in them. Many people resort to alcohol thinking that it is the remedy for their poor financial conditions and debts. They run towards the prostitutes with the thought that they could spend some time in happiness.

At last, the situation gets worsened and these people reach the destiny of getting affected with dreaded diseases like Aids. The shadows of sins can never provide peace and joy just as the sea water never satisfies the thirst. But how wonderful the shadow of God is! “And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain” (Isaiah 4:6).

“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock (Psalm 27:5). For this purpose only, God commanded Moses to create a tabernacle of meeting. Those who committed sins would come there and offer their sacrifices for getting pardoned. With this, they will get mental satisfaction.

The shadow of that tabernacle was the shadow of Redemption where they can lay down their sins, curses and iniquities. It was the Holy venue for meeting God. It was a tabernacle of joy to worship God. “….which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ (Colossians 2:17).

The shadow of the tabernacle of the Old Testament is a sign of the New Testament’s Christ and his church. Job says “Like a servant who earnestly desires the shade and like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages (Job 7:2).

Yes. It is common for a labourer who toils in the hot sun wishes to rest in a shadow. Jesus Christ knows that you also require such a shadow and hence calls “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Mathew 11:28).

To meditate: “”In the shadow of His hand He has hidden me and made me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden me.” (Isaiah 49:2).