For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4



 A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2001 James Melough


Acacia (known also as shittim), the wood used in the construction of the tabernacle boards and furniture, is very clearly a type of the sinless humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It grows in the desert, reminding us that He Whom it portrays is described as “... a root out of a dry ground,” Isa 53.2.  As the acacia grew in the desert and was cut down to furnish an essential material for God’s earthly house, the tabernacle, so did Christ grow up in the spiritual desert of this world, and was “cut down” in death to be the very basis of God’s spiritual house, the Church.

In its being virtually impervious to decay or attack by insects, it depicts the Lord’s incorruptible humanity.  There was neither sin in Him, nor was there even the possibility of his ever being tempted to commit sin.  The testings He endured were not to reveal any possibility of sin, but rather the spotless holiness for which sin held no attraction.

The acacia wood was the foundation of all the tabernacle furniture except the laver and the lampstand; and inasmuch as each article consisted of acacia wood and a metal overlay of either brass or gold, the truth being set before us is that He combines in Himself perfect humanity (the wood) and perfect Divinity (the metal).

In the boards which formed the walls of the tabernacle, all  exactly the same size, each standing on a foundation of silver, we have a picture of believers as the mystical body of which Christ is the head.  But since those boards were of the same acacia wood as that which formed the brazen altar, the table, and the golden altar, we are reminded that each believer has the very same nature as the Lord Himself.  The new nature obtained at the new birth, is as holy and sinless as that possessed by the Lord, for the simple reason that it is His nature.

Whenever therefore we read of acacia wood, let us remember that God is pointing symbolically to some truth relative to the sinless nature of Christ, or to truth relative to the new nature possessed by every believer.



     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
© 2000-2005 James Melough