I’m often asked how to study the Bible. A professor once said that “to study” is simply to ask questions and seek the answers. So, that’s what I do.
In this passage, for instance, I read verse 2.
“He made horns for it on its four corners.”
This is referring to the horns on the four corners of the altar. So, I asked myself, “What was the purpose of the horns?”
I was reminded of a story in 1 Kings when Adonijah is running for his life. He runs to the altar and clings to the horns.
That image has stayed with me and I’ve been pondering it for a couple of hours. “What does this tell me about the horns of the altar?”
- The horns were a place of refuge.
- The horns were easily accessible from every direction as they were placed at every corner.
That thought then took me to another reference to “a horn” that I remembered from the New Testament. (Y’all know how I love to connect OT and NT passages.)
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David.” Like 1:68-69
God raised up a horn for us in the house of David – Jesus. Jesus is our horn.
- Jesus is our place of refuge.
- Jesus is accessible to all who come to him.
I’ll give you another study tip – when you ask those questions – the answer is always “Jesus.” 😉