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The Sound Of Bells

"... a golden bell ... and the sound shall be heard ..." (Ex. 28:35). Sound shall be heard? What sound? Where? The sound of bells in the quiet holy place of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. It was quiet in contrast to the noise and activity of the court where the animals were brought for sacrifice on the altar of burnt offering. There would be a constant stream of victims every day to this altar to deal with sin, service, and worship. But in the holy place there would be the sounds morning and evening from the bells on the high priest's garment as he moved about in his care of the golden altar, which can speak to us of the fragrance of prayer. Also in the holy place were the golden lampstand telling of the light of testimony, and the table of shewbread as a link with communion and satisfaction. The bells sounded because they were on the hem of his robe. How pleasant that sound would be to the ear of God. Pleasant also to the people as he moved among them, for it indicated that they had a living, active high priest.

The bells can also speak to us of good news, of joy; a reminder that our High Priest, the Lord Jesus, is in God's presence where He adds His sweet perfume to our prayers, reinforces our testimony in churches of God as the eternal Light, and provides full satisfaction as the Bread of God, of whom we are partakers. He fills all heaven with the joy and glory of His presence there for us; ever reminding us that we are the fruit of His toil at Calvary. Our High Priest abides for ever (Heb. 7:24), having sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, where He is a minister of the sanctuary (Heb. 8:1,2).

Joyful sounds can be heard from us too, as exemplars of our High Priest. Time spent in the quietness of the heavenly sanctuary experiencing the joy of the Lord will enable our divine "bell" of testimony to be heard amongst His people. "And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 13:52). This is always pleasurable to God's ear as well.